NFL roster cuts are continuing to come out as the day goes on and we get closer to the 4 pm ET deadline. The New York Giants apparently have joined the party by placing starting defensive tackle Chris Canty and backup tight end Travis Beckum on the physically unable to perform list. This came as no surprise as both players were already on the active/PUP list, and have just been moved to the reserve/PUP list. This means they cannot start practicing until Week 6 of the season.
Canty is a major loss on the defensive side of the ball as he’s been one of the more underrated players on the Giants defense the previous two seasons. His ability to bring pressure up the middle opens things up for the dominant pass rushers on the outside to collapse the pocket and get to the quarterback.
In his absence Marvin Austin, who has been nursing an injury of his own, and Rocky Bernard will have to step up next to Linval Joseph. The Giants believe in their depth at defensive tackle, but losing a guy like Canty for any amount of time is never easy.
Beckum is much less of a problem considering he was, at best, the fourth tight end on the roster, but most likely the fifth if he was healthy. The Giants brought in Martellus Bennett and Adrien Robinson this year and have incumbent tight end Bear Pascoe as the three tight ends likely to make the final roster. There didn’t seem to be a place for Beckum on the roster anyway, and he could still be released when he comes off the PUP.
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