We have the first surprise move of cut day when Ralph Vacchiano reported that the New York Giants have waived wide receiver Travis Rudolph.
The Giants have cut WR Travis Rudolph, according to a source.— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoSNY) September 2, 2017
Rudolph quickly became a fan favorite over the course of training camp and preseason despite being an undrafted free agent. The Florida State product is a fantastic young man with a big heart who tragically lost his father shortly before the 2017 NFL Draft, and an easy player to root for.
Rudolph reportedly played well in camp and seemingly had a breakout game in the third preseason game against the New York Jets, then backed it up with a strong game as a receiver and a blocker against the New England Patriots. His play over the course of the preseason, working his way up to reps with the starting offense, not to mention his willingness and effort doing the “dirty work” of blocking for his teammates makes this a definite stunner of a cut.
Rudolph caught nine passes for a team-high 157 yards in the preseason, 17.4 yards per catch. He returned three punts for an average 2.7 yards per return, and averaged 22.0 yards on three kickoff returns.
The Giants are likely hoping they can sneak him through to the practice squad amid the glut of players flooding the waiver wire today, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see a team like the New York Jets or Buffalo Bills put in a claim.