The New York Giants have until Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET to set their 53-man roster. The Giants reportedly got started on that process Monday by trading defensive lineman B.J. Hill to the Cincinnati Bengals in exchange for interior offensive lineman Billy Price, a 2018 first-round pick by Cincinnati. Use this post as a reference point to track all of the moves the Giants make to reach the roster limit.
Cuts, trades, rumors, updates
David Moa appears to have lost out to Raymond Johnson III for the final defensive line spot. He could land on the practice squad.
More wide receiver news: John Ross MADE the #Giants’ initial 53-man roster, per source— Pat Leonard (@PLeonardNYDN) August 31, 2021
Not sure about this one. Haven’t seen Ross on the practice field in weeks. Then again, if the Giants want to put him on IR for a few weeks they have to put him on the roster first.
So, not my best day … contrary to my earlier report, I’m now told that OL Ted Larsen has been cut. Giants added interior OL depth with the trade for Ben Bredeson and Larsen is out.— Dan Duggan (@DDuggan21) August 31, 2021
It now appears that ted Larsen has become a victim of the Giants’ traded for Ben Bredeson and Billy Price.
Giants and Ravens trade involves a swap of draft picks, with New York also adding Baltimore’s former fourth-round pick, per source. https://t.co/188VrXfBwX— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 31, 2021
TRADE! Yes, another one by GM Dave Gettleman. The Giants are acquiring Ben Bredeson, a 23-year-old guard, from the Baltimore Ravens. The Giants are also reportedly getting a fourth-round pick. Bredeson, 6-foot-6, 315 pounds, was a fourth-round pick by the Ravens a year ago. He played in 10 games last season. He received 48 offensive snaps and 35 special teams snaps.
Other guys who MADE the #Giants’ initial 53-man roster, per multiple sources: CB Sam Beal, CB Josh Jackson, and two I think we already assumed or knew: RB Gary Brightwell & FB Cullen Gillaspia— Pat Leonard (@PLeonardNYDN) August 31, 2021
When training camp began it did not seem possible that Sam Beal would make the initial 53-man roster. It would, though, seem that he has. Josh Jackson was acquire in the Isaac Yiadom trade.
Edge Trent Harris has made the #Giants’ initial 53-man roster, according to a source. Harris showed up throughout camp on defense in both pass rush and run defense. Also provides special teams.— Pat Leonard (@PLeonardNYDN) August 31, 2021
Trent Harris was considered a long shot when training camp started. He just kept making plays, and it looks like he will be rewarded. Harris gets the spot I had going to Ifeadi Odenigbo.
Undrafted free agent Raymond Johnson III out of @GeorgiaSouthern has made the #Giants’ initial 53-man roster, per source. Kid looked like he belonged from the jump. Has already shown pass rush ability.— Pat Leonard (@PLeonardNYDN) August 31, 2021
Raymond Johnson III had a strong training camp. He is a beneficiary of the Giants trading defensive lineman B.J. Hill to the Cincinnati Bengals.
Wide receiver update: Dante Pettis made the #Giants’ initial 53-man roster, per source. So did C.J. Board.— Pat Leonard (@PLeonardNYDN) August 31, 2021
If Dante Pettis is in, does that mean John Ross is out? Could Ross be headed to IR?
The Giants are releasing S Chris Johnson.— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoSNY) August 31, 2021
Also cut: TE Jake Hausmann, as @PLeonardNYDN reported.
The only surprise here is that the Chris Johnson announcement came so late in the day.
#Giants are waiving TE Jake Hausmann, per source. They are EXTREMELY thin at tight end. There will be moves.— Pat Leonard (@PLeonardNYDN) August 31, 2021
The only tight ends remaining on the roster are Evan Engram, Kyle Rudolph and Kaden Smith, and only Smith is healthy. The Giants will have to add a player here.
#Giants are waiving DB/safety Jordyn Peters, per source. But they were impressed with him, especially with how he handled his first live action in two weeks jumping right in for 35 snaps Sunday vs Patriots (had been released two weeks prior).— Pat Leonard (@PLeonardNYDN) August 31, 2021
DL Ifeadi Odenigbo is being released, per source. Guaranteed $1 million this offseason. Was just never a fit with Giants. Had 10.5 sacks previous two years combined in Minnesota.— Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan) August 31, 2021
THE FIRST REAL SURPRISE: The Giants are waiving Ifeadi Odenigbo, Odenigbo had signed a one-year, $2.5 million deal with $1 million guaranteed. Odenigbo had 10.5 sacks the [ast two seasons with the Minnesota Vikings, but did not really fit with the Giants as a standup edge defender. The giants eat the guaranteed money, but save $1.5 million against the salary cap.
A rundown on Giants OL bubble players, per source:— Dan Duggan (@DDuggan21) August 31, 2021
• Jackson Barton and Ted Larsen made the roster.
• Jonotthan Harrison, Kenny Wiggins, Jake Burton and Brett Heggie got cut.
#Giants have waived OT Jackson Barton, per source. Had a very, very good camp. But it’s Thomas, Peart & Solder ahead of him.— Pat Leonard (@PLeonardNYDN) August 31, 2021
BARTON BATTLE! Conflicting reports on whether or not offensive tackle Jackson Barton will make the 53-man roster. Dan Duggan of The Athletic says Barton, who was on the team but never played a year ago, is in. Pat Leonard of the Daily News says Barton is out. Time for a beat writer throwdown! Which guy will be right?
With Ted Larsen making the roster and Billy Price having just been traded for, there was no need for Harrison. Both Larsen and Price are capable centers.
Duggan has updated his timeline with Barton being cut. Leonard wins!
Rookie undrafted free agents Brett Heggie and Jake Burton were cut. Both are practice squad candidates.
The Giants are releasing LB Devonte Downs, per source. Started 8 games for them last season. Found himself out of favor after Reggie Ragland was signed as a free agent and Carter Coughlin made the transition to ILB.— Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan) August 31, 2021
Devante Downs was part of the defensive rotation last season, playing a career-high 232 defensive snaps and making the only eight starts of his career. It was clear this summer, though, that Downs wasn’t making the roster.
Austin Mack spent almost all of training camp sidelined. Never gave himself a chance to stick around.
The Giants are releasing WR Alex Bachman, per source. Shifty slot receiver. Spent most of the past two years on the Giants practice squad. Appeared in one game last season.— Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan) August 31, 2021
Bachman made plays against the Patriots’ reserve secondary, but the Giants have too much at the slot position for him to overcome. The Giants are deep there with Sterling Shepard, Kadarius Toney, Dante Pettis, and C.J. Board all ahead of Bachman on the depth chart.
Giants have cut RB Corey Clement and WR Damion Willis per @PLeonardNYDN. Clement's stock dipped after a fast start to camp. Rookie RB Gary Brightwell jumped him late. Willis made plays when given opportunities, but too much ground to make up.— Dan Duggan (@DDuggan21) August 31, 2021
Clement was the first runner off the bench for the first two preseason games and ran hard when he was in games. However, a fumble against the Jets and Brightwell’s greater utility on special teams likely made the difference here. Willis flashed in the final preseason game, but that wasn’t enough to beat out the numbers game at a crowded receiver depth chart.
The #Giants have released 3rd string QB Brian Lewerke, per source. Was signed late but showed some toughness and good stuff in the second preseason game in Cleveland. Will see if he lands on practice squad— Pat Leonard (@PLeonardNYDN) August 31, 2021
Do the Giants like quarterback Brian Lewerke enough to add him to the practice squad?
The #Giants are waiving WR David Sills, per source. Had a strong preseason. Another to watch on waivers.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) August 31, 2021
The waiving of David Sills isn’t shocking, but it will disappoint many in the Giants fan base. Sills has had back-to-back productive training camps. A broken foot ended his roster bid a year ago. This year, numbers and the fact that he doesn’t add a lot of special teams value cost him.
There was a report the Giants were trying to trade Sills, but that seemed unlikely to happen. There is a good chance a wide receiver-needy team will claim Sills on waivers. If he goes unclaimed, I would have to believe a practice squad spot would be his.
WR Matt Cole is being waived, per source. Young WR out of McKendree showed some versatility and flashed on special teams.— Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan) August 31, 2021
Wide receiver Matt Cole made a big impression on special teams in just a couple of weeks with the Giants. If he goes unclaimed on waivers, as he probably will, I will be shocked if he doesn’t land on the practice squad.
The Giants have cut TE Nakia Griffin-Stewart and LB Niko Lalas.— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoSNY) August 31, 2021
Niko Lalos is a fan favorite who had a couple of productive moments last year and could land on the practice squad. Increased depth/talent at edge always made it unlikely he would make the 53.
Waiving of Nakia Griffin-Stewart perhaps an indication the Giants will be looking at adding a tight end from waived/cut players. Jacob Hollister and Matt LaCosse were both cut loose on Tuesday.
The #Giants are releasing CB Madre Harper, source said. He played in nine games for them last year.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 31, 2021
Well, I guess I was wrong about that one. Harper a practice squad candidate.
The Giants snagged Harper off the Las Vegas Raiders practice squad last season and he played in nine games. The Giants expressed concern during the preseason about undisciplined play from the 23-year-old.
Slade can play everywhere on the line except center. Possible practice squad addition if he clears waivers. Slade has stuck around the last couple of seasons as offensive line insurance, and could do so again.
- [9:20 p.m.] — NFL insider Albert Breer is reporting that “bubble guys Dante Pettis, David Sills and Devante Downs have been raised in trade talks” by the Giants.
- [1:55 p.m.] — The Giants are trading defensive lineman B.J. Hill to the Cincinnati Bengals in exchange for center/guard Billy Price [Ian Rapoport]. This means that either David Moa or undrafted free agent Raymond Johnson III could make the roster. [Our full story]
Notable cuts around the league
The cuts tracker on NFL.com lists all the players being made available across the league.
Wow! Just wow!
A surprise: The #Bills are releasing TE Jacob Hollister, per source.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) August 31, 2021
He had 66 catches and six TDs over the past two seasons in Seattle. With so many teams looking for help at the position, Hollister should have options.
With injuries at tight end, could Jacob Hollister be in play for the Giants?
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Brian Lewerke [Leonard]
Sandro Platzgummer [Roster exemption]
Nakia Griffin-Stewart [Vacchiano] Jake Hausmann
Chad Slade [Garafolo] Ted Larsen [Reportedly placed on IR] Kenny Wiggins
Billy Price [Acquired via trade from Bengals]
Jackson Barton Brett Heggie Jake Burton
Ben Bredeson [Acquired via trade from Ravens]
B.J. Hill [Traded to Cincinnati Bengals]
David Moa Willie Henry
Raymond Johnson III
Niko Lalos [Vacchiano]
Madre Harper [Rapoport]
Chris Johnson Jordyn Peters
PK Graham Gano
P Riley Dixon
LS Casey Kreiter [Waived with reported plan to re-sign him, probably at a lower cap number]