For the final time let's project the New York Giants 2014 53-man roster. By 4 p.m. ET on Saturday when rosters have to be finalized we will know how close I came to getting it right.
This one has been settled for a while.
Running Back (3)
I like Kendall Gaskins and I think he's had a nice preseason, but his weakness in pass protection scares me. Michael Cox has been behind Gaskins for weeks and that did not change Thursday. I think Gaskins could end up on the practice squad.
The Giants have clearly leaned toward Hynoski instead of John Conner during the preseason, with good reason. Hynoski has been better. The only thing that could change the situation is the severity of the shoulder injury suffered by Hynoski Thursday night, and that is something we just don't know right now.
Tight End (4)
Change: Daniel Fells in
The Giants don't really have one tight end they trust to do everything. So, it appears they are going to keep a bunch of guys and hope they make it work. I still believe the Giants might go the trade route here or pick up a player off the waiver wire.
Wide Receiver (6)
Odell Beckham Jr.
Mario Manningham received a ton of chances, but he doesn't have enough gas left in the tank to deserve a spot. His calf injury Thursday probably sealed his fate. Parker muffed a punt Thursday but still seems like the guy likely to open the season returning punts.
Offensive Line (9)
Change: Gaines in, James Brewer out
Truth is, I feel really good about the first eight picks on my list. I think the fact that Gaines played nearly the entire game in relief of Justin Pugh at right tackles speaks volumes about his chance to make the roster. When it comes to the ninth spot, though, I have no idea. It could go to Brown. It could go to Brewer. It could go to Dallas Reynolds. It could go to someone who has yet to be released from their current team. I have no idea.
Defensive Tackle (5)
It's been this way all through the preseason. No reason to change it now. Kelcy Quarles has probably earned a spot on the practice squad.
Defensive End (5)
I think Idonije's two sack Thursday and the fact that the Giants seem to value his special teams ability means they will find a way to keep him around.
This has been the status quo for a while. No reason to change it now, especially with the increasing likelihood that Beason will be ready for the season opener.
Charles James is gone, much to the chagrin of Antrel Rolle. I still have rookie sixth-round pick Bennett Jackson targeted for the practice squad.
With Cooper Taylor on IR these are the four safeties deserving of roster spots
PK -- Josh Brown
P -- Steve Weatherford
LS -- Zak DeOssie
Brandon McManus is now a member of the Denver Broncos, so this has already been settled.