The New York Giants announced a flurry of moves Saturday. The first is that right tackle Bobby Hart has been waived/injured, followed by moving wide receiver Tavarres King to the injured reserve.
Along with the roster spot opened by the suspension of cornerback Eli Apple, the Giants also made three corresponding roster moves, promoting OT Adam Bisnowaty, TE Ryan O’Malley, and OL Nick Becton.
Bisnowaty was the Giants’ sixth-round draft pick in 2017, and will likely start at right tackle with the departure of Hart. The left tackle position will be manned by fellow rookie Chad Wheeler, as Ereck Flowers will be inactive.
While Hart was waived with the injured designation, the Giants reportedly grew frustrated with his attitude in practice this week. Compounding matters are the reports that Hart was having a negative influence on Flowers as well, allegedly “nudging” him toward packing it in on the season before the final game.
More on Flowers: As @JordanRaanan said, he was checked out this week. I’m told the Giants feel Bobby Hart (cut this morning) nudged Flowers toward a don’t-care attitude this week.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) December 30, 2017
Hart, who had said before the season that he thought he was the league’s best right tackle, played in 10 games this season with seven starts. In three seasons, the 2015 seventh-round pick played in 33 games with 21 starts.
Marc Ross fired
In a (potentially) more consequential move, new GM Dave Gettleman has also terminated Marc Ross, the Giants’ VP of Player Evaluation.
This move will likely have an immediate impact on the Giants’ draft preparation as Ross has been responsible for running the Giants’ scouting department and setting the big board in advance of the draft. With the draft process ramping up, the Giants will need to find a replacement for Ross quickly.
Ross was hired in 2007 by former GM Jerry Reese, and had been vice president of player evaluation for the past five seasons.
“I worked with Marc when I was with the organization before,” said Gettleman. “I have great respect for him and high regard for his work. Clearly, we’re going in a different direction, but that doesn’t make these kinds of decisions any easier.”