Giants’ roster: Assessing where things stand after flurry of moves

You’re dizzy trying to keep up with the roster changes New York Giants general manager Joe Schone has made over the past few days. You’ve completely forgotten who was on the team’s 53-man roster. Let us help you. Below is the current 53-man roster and practice lineup, as well as the injured reserve and PUP roster, along with some updated thoughts on the situation.

General Manager Joe Schoen spoke to the media around 11 a.m. Thursday.

Quarterback (2)

starter: Daniel Jones
Backup: Terrod Taylor
practice group: Davis Webb

Webb cleared the waiver and came back, which might make everyone happy. In retrospect, it’s not surprising that he was unclaimed. He still hasn’t thrown a regular-season pass in five NFL seasons, and teams outside of New York and Buffalo may not believe he can succeed without Brian Daboe.

run back (4)

starter: Saquin Buckley
Backup: Matt Breda, Antonio Williams, Gary Brightwell
practice group: Jashaun Corbyn

In my final 53-man roster prediction, I’m still pissed that I didn’t pick Brightwell over Corbin. There are some claims when it comes to rostering, and I think the claim here is that Brightwell made his debut as a kickoff returner in the final game of the preseason.

Regardless, the Giants are likely happy that Corbyn cleared the waiver. He’s an interesting young player who provides depth at this position.

tight end (3)

starter: Daniel Bellinger
Backup: Chris Myrick, Tanner Hudson
practice group: Austin Allen
Injury reserve: Andre Miller (season end), Ricky Hales-Jones (season end)

The Giants did some roster gymnastics on Wednesday. When the waiver request was made, Hudson was one of four vested veterans to be waived. The Giants had to do this because NFL rules state that waivers are granted at noon, but players can be placed on the IR until 4 p.m. So, Hudson is back. It still feels like the Giants have to look for a potential upgrade here.

Wide receiver (7)

Starter: Kenny Galadi, Wanderle Robinson, Caldarius Tony
Backup: Sterling Shepard, David Hills, Rich James, Darius Slayton
practice group: CJ Board of Directors, Jaylen Moore
Injured Reserve: Colin Johnson (season-end)

Yes, Slayton is still a giant. Yes, I still don’t believe he’s going to be a giant when the team starts the season on September 11 against the Tennessee Titans.

The Giants have a league-worst $5.205 million on the $208.2 million salary cap, according to the cap. They have until next Tuesday, September 6 to hit that cap. If you want Slayton to make the regular season roster, I’m not going to celebrate until then.

Trading or cutting Slayton would save the Giants $2.54 million. It won’t get them all the way to where they need to be — they’ll almost have to rebuild a contract or two — but it still seems like a move they’ll be forced to take. Even if it makes the lineup less talented.

Offensive Line (8)

Starter: Andrew Thomas (LT), DeVry Hamilton (LG), Jon Feliciano (C), Mark Glowinsky (RG), Evan Neal (RT)
Backup: Joshua Ezedou, Ben Bledson, Jack Anderson
practice group: Max Garcia, Will Holden, Garrett McGinn, Roy Mbetka
Injury reserve: Shane Lemieux, Marcus McKethan (season end)
puppy: Nick Gates, Matt Peart

Compared to the original 53-man roster, the intrigues on these rosters cost the Giants one less offensive lineman. Garcia is now on the training team rather than the active roster, and having a favorite player (seven seasons, 93 NFL games, 52 starts) is a luxury.

Anderson is an intriguing player who could end up being a first-week starter at left-back. BBV’s Chris Pflum wrote Wednesday that Anderson “has good strength and agility, as well as versatility to support the center position.”

Anderson, a seventh-round pick by the Buffalo Bills in 2021, played two games for the Philadelphia Eagles last season. During the preseason, he played 57 times at center, 45 times at right back and 42 times at left back for the Hawks. Brandon Lee Gowton of SB Nation Eagles website Bleeding Green Nation sent this message to Big Blue View on Wednesday after the team claimed Anderson:

“Jack Anderson is a quality pickup for the Giants. Make him a 53-man roster for the Eagles, like most other beat writers.”

Another option for the Giants now at left-back appears to be Hamilton. He had a great summer, but he never played in the NFL.

Daboll was vague about Lemieux and Ezeudu, both injured in their first games of the preseason.

Speaking of Lemieux, Daboll said: “He’s resilient. Unfortunately, he’s been through it once, but he’s in good spirits. So, he’s going back to work. He’s recovered and he’ll be back soon.”

For Ezeudu, Daboll said only “he’s getting better”.

Line of Defense (5)

Starter: Leonard Williams, Dexter Lawrence
Backup: Justin Ellis, Nick Williams, DJ Davidson
practice group: Ryder Anderson

As the Giants apparently expected, the undrafted Anderson cleared the waiver. Bringing him back to training makes them an interesting young player who can try to shape a useful part of their defensive line.

Edge (5)

Starter: Azeez Ojulari, Kevan Thibodeau
Backup: Jihad Ward, Oshane Ximines, Tormon Fox
practice group: Quincy Roche
Injury reserve: Elson Smith

I’m surprised Roche approved the waiver. 17 games he will not participate in the training class. Either the Giants will take him to their 53, or another team needs to take him out of New York.

Inside Linebacker (6)

Starter: Blake Martinez, Ty Crowder
Backup: Micah McFadden, Carter Coughlin, Austin Calithero, Cam Brown
Injury reserve: Darian Beavers (end of season)

Calitro went in and out, and came back.

cornerback (6)

Starter: Love Dolly Jackson, Aaron Robinson, Darnay Holmes
Backup: Cordell Flott, Justin Lane, Nick McLeod
practice group: Harrison Hand, Zayn Gilbert, Darren Evans
Injury reserve: Rodarius Williams

We know the Giants want cornerback help on the waiver line, and they claim Ryan and McLeod can add depth. Ryan, a 2019 third-round pick for the Pittsburgh Steelers, never developed the way the Steelers thought he would.

Here’s his NFL.com pre-2019 draft scouting report:

The rising bump and running cornerback is of rare size and length, relying on good motor skills to overcome his average long-distance speed. While his route recognition is good, he’ll allow some rest, but he’ll soon embrace and close the limit-throwing window. He’s not a burner, but he uses his big and small ball skills to make a difference in football on the pitch. Ryan’s traits could make him a good fit for all kinds of coverage, but he’ll need consistent toughness to help support opposing runs.

Maybe defensive coordinator Wink Martindale and defensive backs coach Jerome Henderson can unlock talent that the Steelers can’t reach.

Safety(4)

Starter: Xavier McKinney, Julian Love
Backup: Dane Belton, Jason Pinnock
practice group: Trenton Thompson, Nate Meadows

Apparently, Schoen reads Big Blue View. Our Nick Farato suggested taking Pinnock from the New York Jets, and the Giants did.

Notes on Tony Jefferson. There are reports that he will be joining the Giants, and that may be the case. Jefferson even tweeted on Wednesday night:

However, as of this writing, nothing has officially happened. Jefferson has yet to appear on the 53-man roster or practice lineup on the team’s website.

Special team (3)

Baseboard: Graham Garneau
Bettors: Jamie Gillan
Long Snapper: Kathy Clayt

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