By 4 p.m. ET on Saturday, your New York Giants and the other 31 NFL teams will have set their initial 53-man rosters. Not their final ones, of course, since waiver claims and free agent pickups will change things, but initial rosters.
That means some dreams will be realized on Saturday. Others will die. There will, as always, be some head-scratching moves that surprise all of us.
The Giants have tough decisions to make in several spots, including:
Wide receiver — Who are the backups? The Giants appear to have roughly five defendable choices for what look like two spots.
Cornerback and safety — I lumped them in together because it’s really a secondary, and guys like Julian Love and Logan Ryan will fill a multitude of roles. The last few spots here are unpredictable.
Backup offensive linemen — Again, unpredictable. The arguments begin after five starters, plus rookies Matt Peart and Shane Lemieux. Eight linemen or nine? Is recently-signed Jon Halapio a lock? Could Tyler Haycraft make the 53? Is there a backup tackle other than Peart worthy of a spot?
Stay right here with Big Blue View as we keep you updated throughout the day.
The Giants got things started on Friday by placing wide receiver David Sills V on IR and officially signing cornerback Logan Ryan.
Roster cuts tracker
At the 4 p.m. ET deadline, only 11 of the 27 cuts the Giants needed to make — 28 if you count running back Sandro Platzgummer (International exemption) — are know. Below, the reported cuts:
No surprises in the first two cuts reported on Saturday. Askew-Henry a former XFL player. Smith struggled in a handful of snaps last season.
Slayton, a seventh-round pick a season ago, was never able to crack a deep defensive line rotation.
Haley, with the Giants the last two seasons, is the biggest name released thus far.
Tinker was only signed a couple of days ago. Always figured he would land on the practice squad.
Below, the 80-man roster, by position, before cuts. The positions are shown the way they are listed on the team’s official website. That is why you won’t see Nick Gates listed as a center.
Giants’ 53-man roster