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New York Giants roster cuts tracker: News, rumors, trades, updates, more

Follow along as the Giants set their initial 53-man roster

NFL: AUG 25 New England Patriots New York Giants Joint Training Camp Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

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

Tuesday, 8/31

David Moa appears to have lost out to Raymond Johnson III for the final defensive line spot. He could land on the practice squad.

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.

It now appears that ted Larsen has become a victim of the Giants’ traded for Ben Bredeson and Billy Price.

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.

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.

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.

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.

If Dante Pettis is in, does that mean John Ross is out? Could Ross be headed to IR?

The only surprise here is that the Chris Johnson announcement came so late in the day.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Do the Giants like quarterback Brian Lewerke enough to add him to the practice squad?

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.

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.

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.

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.

Monday, 8/30

  • [9:20 p.m.] — NFL insider Albert Breer is reporting thatbubble 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 lists all the players being made available across the league.

Wow! Just wow!

With injuries at tight end, could Jacob Hollister be in play for the Giants?

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80-man roster


Daniel Jones
Mike Glennon
Brian Lewerke [Leonard]

Running back

Saquon Barkley
Devontae Booker
Corey Clement
Gary Brightwell
Sandro Platzgummer [Roster exemption]


Elijhaa Penny
Cullen Gillaspia

Tight end

Evan Engram
Kyle Rudolph
Kaden Smith
Nakia Griffin-Stewart [Vacchiano]
Jake Hausmann

Wide receiver

Kenny Golladay
Darius Slayton
Sterling Shepard
Kadarius Toney
John Ross
Dante Pettis
Austin Mack [Leonard]
C.J. Board
Alex Bachman
David Sills V [Pelissero]
Matt Cole [Ranaan]
Damion Willis

Offensive line

Andrew Thomas
Shane Lemieux
Nick Gates
Will Hernandez
Matt Peart
Jonotthan Harrison
Nate Solder
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]

Defensive line

Leonard Williams
Dexter Lawrence
B.J. Hill [Traded to Cincinnati Bengals]
Danny Shelton
Austin Johnson
David Moa
Willie Henry
Elijah Qualls
Raymond Johnson III


Lorenzo Carter
Azeez Ojulari
Ifeadi Odenigbo
Ryan Anderson
Oshane Ximines
Elerson Smith
Cam Brown
Niko Lalos [Vacchiano]
Trent Harris

Inside linebacker

Blake Martinez
Tae Crowder
Reggie Ragland
Devante Downs
Carter Coughlin


Sam Beal
James Bradberry
Darnay Holmes
Adoree’ Jackson
Aaron Robinson
Rodarius Williams
Madre Harper [Rapoport]
Keion Crossen
Josh Jackson


Logan Ryan
Jabrill Peppers
Xavier McKinney
Julian Love
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]