Roster cuts have begun around the NFL as teams have until 4pm Saturday to trim their rosters from 90 down to 53 players. The New York Giants have been active on the waiver wire over the last year, routinely putting in claims on players who are released by other teams.
A year ago they claimed seven players on waivers from other teams over the course of two days, and we should expect them to be active once again. So then, which of the early cuts could interest the Giants?
Brandon Marshall (LB)
The 29-year old (30 on September 10th) inside linebacker was a surprise cut from the Oakland Raiders. A core member of the Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos defense, the range of Marshall and Danny Trevathan allowed Wade Phillips to be exceptionally aggressive in his pass rush. When healthy, Marshall is effective against both the run and the pass, racking up three separate 100-tackle seasons and 21 passes defensed over the last five years. Health is important, but Marshall could be an intriguing addition.
Su’a Cravens (S/LB)
Health has also been an issue for Cravens, but at just 24 years old, the former USC Trojan remains an intriguing talent. He has a “tweener” build with the ability to play in space and downhill near the line of scrimmage. The Giants brought in a number of players with similar characteristics as the formally name the “moneybacker” a position on their defense. Cravens could provide good depth in that role behind Jabrill Peppers and Tae Davis.
Pharoh Cooper (WR/PR/KR)
The Giants have struggled to find a consistent threat on returns going back to last year. Cooper has been a dynamic returner, averaging 12.5 yards per punt return (32 returns) and 27.4 yards per kick return (34 returns) for the Rams in 2017. He was also dangerous with the ball in his hands for South Carolina, picking up 2,109 yards and 17 touchdowns on 135 receptions, as well as 311 yards and 4 touchdowns on 51 attempts as a rusher over the 2014 and 2015 seasons.
A.J. Howard (S)
An undrafted free agent in 2018, Howard has experience at both safety and slot corner, a trait the Giants have shown to favor under James Bettcher. Howard has solid athleticism and rarely gave up a reception in the slot at Appalachian State. He could be an under-the-radar name to keep an eye on.
Cuts are still coming in and this list will likely grow quickly. Who would you like the Giants to look at?