The New York Giants set their initial 53-man roster on Saturday, and a handful of promising young players did not make the cut. Teams can begin setting their 10-man practice squad rosters at 1 p.m. ET Sunday, an hour after the waiver claim deadline.
Players with less than four years of experience are subject to waivers. If they clear waivers, many will be eligible to be signed to practice squads. Here’s a look at practice squad eligibility rules.
Now, let’s take a stab at predicting the 10-man practice squad.
DL Chris Slayton — A seventh-round pick by the Giants, he did not make the 53-man roster as the Giants kept only five defensive linemen. The Giants liked some of what Slayton did throughout preseason, and he figures to be added to the practice squad and given a chance to develop.
WR Reggie White Jr. — An undrafted player from Monmouth (N.J.), White flashed some play-making ability in the preseason with eight catches for 115 yards (14.4 yards per catch). The Giants chose to stick with their veterans, along with fifth-round pick Darius Slayton. At 6-foot-2, 212 pounds, White has an intriguing skill set.
RB Jon Hilliman — The former Boston College and Rutgers running back never really seemed to have a realistic chance of cracking the 53-man roster. He had 25 carries for 80 yards and two touchdowns in the preseason, and carrying him on the practice squad as an insurance policy makes sense.
TE C.J. Conrad — I have been clear that this cut surprised me. The Giants kept only three tight ends on the 53-man roster and with Scott Simonson on season-ending IR, re-signing Conrad to the practice squad seems like a no-brainer. If someone doesn’t claim him first.
OT Paul Adams — The Giants need a developmental tackle. With seventh-round pick George Asafo-Adjei on season-ending injured reserve, Adams is it. A collegiate right tackle, he spent a lot of time this summer at left tackle.
G/C Evan Brown — After spending all of last season on the roster but never being active for a game, Brown fell short of a second season on the 53. Having center insurance on the practice squad is always a good idea, and I will take him here instead of undrafted rookie James O’Hagan.
ILB Josiah Tauaefa — Led the Giants in preseason tackles with 16. The Giants are always hunting for linebacker help, and it makes sense to see if Tauaefa can develop into a player who can help them.
OLB Jake Carlock — The former LIU and Stony Brook player emerged as a fan and team favorite after a Pick 6 in the first preseason game. He didn’t really follow that up, though. Carlock has long-snapping ability, and that more than anything might land him a practice squad spot.
OLB Joey Alfieri — Came to the Giants during the second week of training camp after being let go by the Philadelphia Eagles. He never really had a chance to make the 53-man roster, but he’s intriguing enough to warrant a longer look.
DL Jake Ceresna — Came up with a pair of sacks in the final preseason game. A former CFL player, that might earn him a chance to stick around for a while.