The New York Giants, like all 31 other NFL teams, have to trim their roster from 90 players to 75 by 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday. Some teams have already begun making those cuts, and you can follow along on the SB Nation NFL roster cuts tracker.
Let’s take a guess at which players will be dropped by the Giants. This is complicated largely because the Giants have one more preseason game to play, Thursday against the New England Patriots. Starters rarely play much, if at all, in the preseason finale. That means you need enough reserve players at each position to make sure your starters don’t need to play more than you want them to, or at all. Injuries like the ones the Giants suffered Saturday against the New York Jets complicate the situation.
The Giants have the full complement of 90 players right now. They could place tight end Matt LaCosse (knee surgery) on injured reserve. If they do that they would still need to cut 14 players.
Wide receivers (4) — Kadron Boone, K.J. Maye, Anthony Dable, Myles White
The Giants are still carrying 12 wide receivers. Boone and Maye seem most likely to be dropped. Dable and White did not play at all against the New York Jets.
Running back (1) — Marshaun Coprich
The undrafted free agent never had a chance in a crowded backfield.
Offensive line (2) — Brett Jones, Jake Rodgers
Jones played only a few snaps vs. the Jets, none at his natural center position.
Cornerback (2) — Joe Powell, Bennett Jackson
Recently signed to fill a 90-man roster spot, has not appeared in two preseason games. Jackson seems to be an odd man out in the secondary.
Defensive end (1) — Mike Rose
He’s far behind another undrafted free agent, Romeo Okwara.
Linebacker (1) — Brad Bars
Bars was moved from defensive end to linebacker. He barely played against the Jets.
Defensive tackle (2) — Jermelle Cudjo, Greg Milhouse
I think the Giants drop Milhouse now, and try to sneak him onto the practice squad.
Long-snapper (1) — Tyler Ott
Ott has done nothing wrong. I just need the roster spot. Part of me still wonders if the Giants would keep Ott and release veteran Zak DeOssie. We’ll see.