The New York Giants have apparently decided to part ways with safety Tyler Sash on Saturday. Sash, a sixth-round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, spent two years with the Giants. On Saturday morning, he tweeted:
— Tyler Sash (@TSash) August 31, 2013
Sash being cut comes as a bit of a surprise, considering starter Stevie Brown will miss the entire season with a torn ACL. Sash was on the bubble before Brown went down but many believed that Brown’s injury was Sash’s ticket onto the roster. Sash did suffer a concussion against the New England Patriots on Thursday, which may have played into the decision.
Offseason acquisition Ryan Mundy will now start in the secondary with Antrel Rolle. That leaves Will Hill and fifth-round pick Cooper Taylor as the only backups. Hill is going to miss the first four games of the season due to a suspension for marijuana use, which leaves Taylor, a rookie who battled a hamstring injury in the preseason, as the Giants’ only insurance policy.
The Giants must have great confidence in Taylor to make this decision. Taylor played his college ball at Georgia Tech before transferring to Richmond, where he spent his last two years. He has a great frame to make in impact in the secondary at 6-foot-4 and nearly 230 pounds. It seems the Seattle Seahawks’ patent on over-sized secondary players finally expired.
Another reason for the Sash decision may be that the Giants want to use another roster spot in a different place. New York could now keep on another defensive tackle, a position they worked hard to improve in the offseason. A player like Marvin Austin could now make the team with an extra spot open.
The Giants could also be staging a signing in the secondary. Rumors flooded the air when Kenny Phillips was released by the Philadelphia Eagles. But right now, his health is an issue. No surprise there.
It’s definitely a risk if the Giants don’t pad their secondary. They could always shuffle a cornerback like Terrell Thomas or Jayron Hosley over to a safety spot if they needed to.
General manager Jerry Reese and the Giants front office may have something up their sleeve and we’ll just have to wait and see.
Daniel Brennan covers the New York Giants for Rant Sports. He lives in Westchester, New York and is a graduate of Quinnipiac University.