Like the other 31 teams in the NFL, the New York Giants have to cut their roster from 90 players to 53 by 4 p.m. ET on Saturday. On a conference call Friday, coach Pat Shurmur didn’t want to say much about the pending roster decisions.
“I will say I appreciate everybody’s efforts,” Shurmur said. “We’re starting to develop the type of team we can all be proud of.”
Shurmur said recently that he feels like the 90-man roster the Giants ended the preseason with is better than the one the Giants had a season ago.
“A year ago, we cut from 90 to 53 and there was only a couple guys that ended up on other rosters. I sort of feel like this year we may end up cutting more guys that are going to be attractive to maybe another team, which tells me that our 90 is better, and also tells me the players are embracing what we are talking about,” Shurmur said. “The goal is to either make our team or somebody else’s. I believe in our team, I love our team, I love what our team is trying to do. It’s going to be much tougher for me this year when we get to that point, having to say goodbye to some players that I am very fond of. I’m just hopeful that they are available if we need them or somewhere they can go on and keep their career going.”
About players let go by other teams
Players with more than four years of NFL experience who are cut immediately become free agents, able to negotiate with all teams. Players with less than four years of experience are waived and are thus subject to being claimed within 24 hours by the team with the highest waiver priority. If they go unclaimed, they become free agents.
Use this as your Giants cuts tracker. We will keep you updated right through 4 p.m. Saturday as news of roster moves comes in.
Notable roster cuts
[Complete list of cuts at the bottom of this post]
The deadline has passed and a few moves remain unknown. The Giants will issue an official release shortly. Make sure you come back for that.
[UPDATE 3:45 p.m.] The Giants are placing tight end Scott Simonson on season-ending injured reserve with a high ankle sprain. That makes the previously announced cut of C.J. Conrad more surprising.
[UPDATE 3:35 p.m.] Giants have cut C.J. Conrad, per Ryan Dunleavy. Thought the undrafted free agent tight end from Kentucky would make the roster. Got that one wrong. Let’s see if he gets through waivers to the practice squad.
[UPDATE 3:01 p.m.] Paul Perkins might have earned a roster spot. Unless the Giants turn to free agency or the waiver wire.
Giants are putting RB Rod Smith on IR, per sources. Smith suffered an adductor injury in the third preseason game. Injury initially wasn't believed to be serious, but now his season is over. Opens the door for Paul Perkins or possible waiver claim.— Dan Duggan (@DDuggan21) August 31, 2019
[UPDATE: 2:46 p.m.] Reports indicate that the Giants have cut punter Johnny Townsend. That means, for now at least, Riley Dixon will be the punter.
[UPDATE 2:25 p.m. ET] The Giants have cut quarterback Kyle Lauletta, perhaps their most surprising move thus far. [Full story]
Source: The #Giants have cut QB Kyle Lauletta, per me and @RapSheet.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) August 31, 2019
There is word out of Minnesota that the Vikings are trying to trade backup quarterback Kyle Sloter and will release him if they cannot. Coach Pat Shurmur worked with Sloter for two seasons in Minnesota, and is thought to be enamored with him. Just something to keep in mind.
[Update 1:10 p.m.] Undrafted free agent wide receiver Reggie White Jr., who set a number of records at Monmouth, is being waived. Art Stapleton reports that the Giants would like to add White to their practice squad should he clear waivers. White flashed with a few plays in the preseason, but to me this was always the likely outcome for him.
[UPDATE: 11:28 a.m.] The Giants have cut linebacker Josiah Tauaefa, per Ryan Dunleavy. An undrafted free agent, Tauaefa led the Giants in preseason tackles with 16. He would seem like a practice squad candidate.
[UPDATE: 11:12 a.m.] Jake Carlock, one of the early fan favorites, is out. Wonder if the Giants will be looking for linebacker/edge help from the waiver wire/available veteran free agents.
Giants wiping out their backup OLBs. Source says Avery Moss, Jake Carlock, Terrence Fede and Joey Alfieri have been cut.— Dan Duggan (@DDuggan21) August 31, 2019
[UPDATE: 11:10 a.m.] The Giants are cutting offensive lineman Evan Brown, per reports from Dan Duggan and Matt Lombardo. Brown was on the roster all of last season, but never played in a game. He was included in my 53-man roster projection.
Brown can play center and guard. He seems like a logical practice squad candidate.
Wide receiver T.J. Jones is the first reported cut [Duggan] Through the middle of camp Jones looked like a guy who would make the roster. Not to be for the former Detroit Lion. Is this good news for Alonzo Russell?
Jones reacted this way:
Left it all out there for 5 weeks. No regrets and walking away healthy with my head held high knowing this isnt the finale. Thankful for the opportunity no doubt. Excited for what comes next!— TJ Jones (@IamTJ_Jones) August 31, 2019
Complete list of reported roster cuts
WR T.J. Jones
OT Paul Adams
LS Taybor Pepper
C James O’Hagan
OL Evan Brown
OLB Avery Moss
OLB Joey Alfieri
OLB Jake Carlock
OLB Terrence Fede
LB Josiah Tauaefa
DL Jake Ceresna
WR Reggie White Jr.
OL Malcolm Bunche
RB Jon Hilliman
CB Henre’ Toliver
DL Freedom Akinmoladun
QB Kyle Lauletta
P Johnny Townsend
DL Chris Slayton
RB Rod Smith [IR/Adductor injury]
WR Alex Wesley [waived/injured]
LB Jonathan Anderson [placed on IR]
TE C.J. Conrad
TE Scott Simonson [IR/high ankle sprain]
LB Keion Adams [waived/injured]
TE Jake Powell
S Kenny Ladler [waived/injured]
WR Brittan Golden [IR/calf]