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Updated 53-man roster projection: Who's in, who's out for Giants?

A new attempt to project the Giants' 53-man regular-season roster.

Does John Coner have a place on the Giants 53-man roster?
Does John Coner have a place on the Giants 53-man roster?
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Quarterback (2)

Eli Manning
Ryan Nassib

No change

Head coach Tom Coughlin won't say it, but Nassib pretty much sealed the deal with his impressive performance on Saturday. It's hard to imagine him NOT being the No. 2 quarterback at this point. Also, it's hard to imagine the Giants keeping Painter if Nassib is No. 2.

Running Back (4)

Rashad Jennings
Andre Williams
Peyton Hillis
Kendall Gaskins

No change

Gaskins was good against the Steelers, not so good against the Colts. I will keep him on the roster, for now, but he still has a lot to prove.

Fullback (1)

Henry Hynoski

No change

Hynoski is clearly ahead of John Conner in the competition for the fullback job. Might the Giants keep Conner in place, perhaps, of a fourth running back? It seems unlikely, but more and more I'm wondering about the possibility. Conner played only four snaps against Indianapolis after missing the week of practice with a concussion. It will be interesting to see how much he plays Friday night vs. the New York Jets.

Tight End (3)

Larry Donnell
Adrien Robinson
Kellen Davis

Change: Davis in, Daniel Fells out

Fells was impressive early on but has not played since the Hall of Fame Game due to a bone bruise on his knee. Davis, meanwhile, had a brilliant catch for a touchdown on Saturday vs. the Indianapolis Colts. He is a veteran blocking tight end, and the Giants can use one of those.

Wide Receiver (6)

Victor Cruz
Odell Beckham Jr.
Reuben Randle
Jerrel Jernigan
Marcus Harris
Corey Washington

No change

I don't see how the Giants keep Washington off the roster. I still don't see how Mario Manningham, who has done nothing in three preseason games, makes the team ahead of Washington or Harris. Finally, I still believe Preston Parker has a chance to make the 53-man roster because of his versatility in receiving and handling both punt and kickoff returns. He had a terrific punt return wiped out Saturday by an unnecessary penalty.

Offensive Line (9)

Will Beatty
Geoff Schwartz
J.D. Walton
Brandon Mosley
Justin Pugh
Charles Brown
Weston Richburg
James Brewer
Dallas Reynolds

Change: Reynolds in, John Jerry out

I really don't know how the backup situation is going to shake out. Shoot, I'm not even sure how the starting situation is going to shake out. Jerry, a starter the past two seasons with the Miami Dolphins, could end up starting for the Giants. He has not been impressive, however, and Reynolds offers the versatility to play both guard and center. I am not convinced Charles Brown makes the team, either. I just don't know who to add in his place at this point.

Defensive Tackle (5)

Cullen Jenkins
Mike Patterson
Johnathan Hankins
Markus Kuhn
Jay Bromley

No change

I am beginning to worry about veteran Mike Patterson, who has not yet played in the preseason due to a shoulder injury. Patterson, in fact, has barely practiced for the past three weeks. I am just not quite ready to bump Patterson off the roster and go with four defensive tackles. That seems possible, though, especially since undrafted free agent Kelcy Quarles -- even with his three penalties on Saturday -- has been impressive enough to at least warrant practice squad consideration.

Defensive End (4)

Jason Pierre-Paul
Mathias Kiwanuka
Robert Ayers
Damontre Moore

No change

These four players are solid. I am beginning to wonder if perhaps recently-signed veteran Israel Idonije is more than just a preseason body. Perhaps the Giants add Idonije and drop a defensive tackle. Ayers plays inside in most of the passing situations, anyway. Again, I'm not quite convinced it's time to pull the trigger on that roster move but it is is a consideration.

Linebackers (6)

Jon Beason
Jameel McClain
Jacquian Williams
Spencer Paysinger
Devon Kennard
Mark Herzlich

No change

Veteran Spencer Adkins, out of the league since 2011, and undrafted free agent Justin Anderson are both having impressive preseasons. Herzlich is also having a solid preseason, and right now I don't see either guy knocking him off the roster. Perhaps Anderson is ticketed for the practice squad.

Cornerbacks (6)

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie
Prince Amukamara
Walter Thurmond
Trumaine McBride
Zack Bowman
Charles James

No change

Rookie Bennett Jackson nearly had an interception Saturday, but officials used replay to rule the ball an Indianapolis reception. Unless there is a long-term injury, I don't see how Jackson makes the team. He would seem headed for the practice squad.

Safeties (4)

Antrel Rolle
Stevie Brown
Quintin Demps
Nat Berhe

Change: Cooper Taylor out, Berhe in

The Giants haven't made it official, but it sounds like Taylor is headed to injured reserve after the 'significant' foot injury he suffered Saturday vs. the Colts. That means Berhe, one of the Giants two fifth-round picks, makes the team. The injury is unfortunate for Taylor, who had shown signs of improvement through three preseason games.

Specialists (3)

PK -- Josh Brown
P -- Steve Weatherford
LS -- Zak DeOssie

No change

Brandon McManus is good, and he deserves an NFL job. I just don't see the Giants cutting Brown and giving him one.