Training camp is over across the NFL, and roster cuts have begun as teams need to be down to their 53-man active rosters by 4 p.m. ET Saturday.
There will be a huge wave of players going on the waiver wire or entering the free market. This could provide another opportunity for the New York Giants to improve their roster with players they haven’t had access to before now.
We’ll be keeping a rolling tracker of some of the most interesting roster cuts from around the League until Saturday’s deadline.
Saturday, September 5
Rasul Douglas (CB) — Philadelphia Eagles
Sidney Jones (CB) - Philadelphia Eagles
Shaquem Griffin (LB) - Seattle Seahawks
Lamar Jackson (CB) - New York Jets - Jackson is a big, long cornerback who used his size well to disrupt receivers at the college level. The Giants formally met with Jackson at the 2020 NFL Combine, and there could still be interest.
Donovan Olumba (CB) - Cleveland Browns - The Browns have a very talented secondary, so it isn’t shocking to see good players waived, but Olumba is still a surprise cut. At 6-foot-2, 205, he has great size for the position and reportedly had a very strong summer, even taking first team reps. He was originally signed by the Cowboys as a UDFA out of Portland State.
Sean Davis (S) - Washington Football Team - Davis is both a surprising and unsurprising cut. He has big talent with good size and athleticism as well as the quick-twitch closing you want to see in a safety. He was originally drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers, but injuries convinced them to trade for Minkah Fitzpatrick and let Davis hit the free agent market. If he can get healthy, he is an elite athlete for a safety and could be a high-upside acquisition.
James Crawford (LB) - Miami Dolphins - This is an interesting case in which personal ties could come into play. Crawford was originally signed as an UDFA by the Green Bay Packers in 2018, then played for the Dolphins in 2019. He is a versatile defender who has played everything from S to EDGE between college and the NFL, and Patrick Graham is obviously familiar with him.
Hakeem Butler (WR) - Arizona Cardinals - Butler has never lived up to his draft hype, but he has great size and good athleticism, which the Giants don’t really have in their receiving corps.
Brett Toth (OT) - Cardinals - Formerly an offensive tackle for West Point, Toth has good size and athleticism, as well as plenty of experience as a run blocker. He could become a valuable swing tackle or even push Matt Peart for a starting job down the line.
Elijah Holyfield (RB) - Eagles
John Kelly (RB) - Los Angeles Rams - Both Kelly and Holyfield could fill similar roles as reserve backs if the Giants aren’t enthused with Wayne Gallman Jr. They are direct, violent runners who are solid pass protectors.
Friday, September 4
Sean Pollard (C) - Baltimore Ravens
Avery Genessy (OL) - Tennessee Titans - Genessy hasn’t yet lived up to the potential he showed in college, but he is a versatile lineman who could help improve the Giants’ depth.
Devin Smith (WR) - Dallas Cowboys - I noted Smith in my post on receivers the Giants could look at during final cuts. He has good size and speed, is a special teams contributor, is a former second round pick and Jason Garrett seems to really like him.
Travis Fulgham (WR) - Philadelphia Eagles - Fulgham isn’t a big name, but he is a good-sized receiver who runs decent routes. Perhaps more importantly, he played with Oshane Ximines at Old Dominion, so he could be on the Giants’ radar.
Avery Moss (EDGE) - Miami Dolphins - Moss is obviously familiar with Patrick Graham as well as the Giants. If New York is looking for more EDGE depth, he could be an option.
Prince Amukamara (CB) - Las Vegas Raiders - Prince is obviously familiar to the Giants. If the team is still concerned with their outside corners, he could provide a steady press-man presence for the defense.
Damarious Randall (S) - Las Vegas Raiders
Anthony Zettel (iDL) - Minnesota Vikings
See all the roster cuts with NFL.com’s Roster Cut Tracker