Struggling wide receiver Preston Parker has reportedly been cut by the New York Giants to make room for defensive tackle Kenrick Ellis, who is being re-signed.
Parker was a symbol of the Giants' failings the first two weeks of the season, dropping five passes as the Giants fell to 0-2. Parker was playing in the slot due to the absence of Victor Cruz, who has yet to play due to a calf injury. The move must signal that the Giants believe Cruz could be ready to return Week 4, when the Giants are in Orchard Park to face the Buffalo Bills. It may also signal that the toe injury suffered Sunday by Dwayne Harris, the likely replacement in the slot on Thursday against the Washington Redskins, is not a concern.
Head coach Tom Coughlin was asked during his weekly press conference if the Giants were making a statement to the team by releasing Parker. :I'll leave that up to you," he said.
Ellis, a former member of the New York Jets, was a surprising cut by the Giants at the end of the preseason. The Giants have defensive tackles Markus Kuhn, Jay Bromley and Cullen Jenkins on the injury list. Thus, the extra defensive tackle is needed.
"We felt we needed another defensive tackle," Coughlin said.
The coach said that Harris, Rueben Randle and Geremy Davis are also options in the slot.