The Turk visits NFL locker rooms on Monday as teams have to make their first round of cuts, reducing their rosters from 90 players to 75. Final cuts will come Friday when teams have to reach the 53-man roster limit.
The first roster cut is complicated by any players the Giants might want to place on injured reserve, but whom they want to be sure to keep. At this point in time, players have to be waived and go unclaimed before they can be placed on IR. So, the Giants probably don't want to try to waive a guy like Shaun Rogers, or even Terrell Thomas.
Here is my educated guess at 15 Giants who might be getting a call from the Turk on Monday.
Brandon Bing (CB) -- The Rutgers product spent time on the practice squad last season. I don't see how he makes the roster, and only current injuries at the position would possibly keep him on the roster for Wednesdya's final preseason game.
Selvish Capers (OT) -- He's done nothing to show he deserves one of the reserve offensive line roles.
Brandon Collins (WR) -- The UDFA has shown flashes, but I don't believe he saw the field on Friday night against the Chicago Bears, and that is a bad sign. He has been outplayed by both David Douglas and Dan DePalma.
Chris Horton (S) -- Signed from the Washington Redskins he hasn't shown a whole lot. He is another guy I did not notice on the field Friday night.
Craig Marshall (DE) -- The kid hasn't done a whole lot wrong, but he has been outplayed by Adewale Ojomo and Matt Broha. Somebody has to go on Monday, and his number might be up.
JoJo Nicolas (S) -- The rookie undrafted free agent from Miami had a decent training camp, but there just doesn't seem to be a place for him.
Ryan Purvis (TE) -- The Giants have six tight ends (not including Travis Beckum), and right now Purvis seems to be No. 6 on the list.
Joel Reinders (OT) -- I don't believe he played on Friday. There are a lot of other young players ahead of this undrafted free agent.
Julian Talley (WR) -- He has been a nice story because he is an undrafted free agent from UMass, just like Victor Cruz. Only, he can't play like Cruz. On the Giants' wide receiver depth chart his name is probably last on the list.
Oren Wilson (DT) -- The rookie defensive tackle got his chance with the Giants because of the injuries at defensive tackle. It seems like the Giants have other options at this point.
Jake Muasau (MLB) -- Injuries cost Muasau a lot of time during training camp. I don't know that he has done enough since returning to warrant sticking around.
Antwaun Molden (CB) -- As thin as the Giants are at cornerback with injuries to Thomas, Amukamara, Hosley and even Brandon Bing, I don't believe the veteran who played for New England got any snaps on Friday. If he did there werent' many.
Laron Scott (DB/KR) -- Scott was picked up when the Giants let Janzen Jackson go. It would seem like his only chance at making the roster would be as a kick returner, and through two preseason games the Giants have not bothered to give him an opportunity. That can only indicate they are not serious about keeping him around.
Dante Hughes (DB) -- Another veteran who I just don't see making the roster right now. He might be safe for now only because the giants have to have some healthy bodies at cornerback on Wednesday.
Stephen Goodin (OG) -- I thought about this one for a while. Not because I think Goodin can make the team -- right now I don't. But, in this round of cuts you have to figure out who plays on Wednesday when the Giants don't want to use starters. After Mitch Petrus and maybe Brandon Mosley, I'm not sure who else is ready to take snaps at guard. But, somebody had to be the 15th guy on my list.