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New York Giants: Cuts Made, 53-Man Roster Set

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New York Giants: Cut Made, 53-Man Roster Set

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Today, the New York Giants, like all NFL teams, had to cut their roster from 75 players down to 53. There was speculation heading into the day about what the Giants would do at certain position, be it due to injury or how they would handle some of the young talent that they brought in this year. Like every cut-down-day in the NFL, there were some surprises.

It was all but assumed that for the first time since 2007, the Giants were going to keep three quarterbacks on their 53-man roster after they drafted Ryan Nassib in the fourth round of this year's draft. We knew all along that he was a “work in progress” and would be, at best, the third quarterback on the roster. The competition all along was for the backup position between David Carr and Curtis Painter. Carr had been Eli Manning's backup for four of the last five seasons, and was assumed to easily retain that position. However, based on both quarterback's performances in the preseason, Carr was released and Painter stayed on to backup Manning. Painter was previously the back up for the Indianapolis Colts and backed up Eli's older brother Peyton Manning, for his first two seasons in the league.

The other major surprise today was the release of safety Tyler Sash. It seemed to be a lock that Sash would make the team when starting safety Stevie Brown was lost for the season with a torn ACL in the preseason game against the hometown rival New York Jets. The Giants instead are leaning on safeties Antrel Rolle, Ryan Mundy and rookie Cooper Taylor to carry the load until fourth safety Will Hill returns from his four-game suspension for violating the leagues Substance Abuse Policy. When Hill returns to the Giants, after the Kansas City Chiefs game, they will be forced to once again make a tough decision and let some one else go to make room on the roster.

The entire list of players (22 in all) that the Giants let go or placed on IR or PUP is as follows:

1. David Carr (QB) 2. Ryan Torain (RB) 3. Tyler Sash (S) 4. Ramses Barden (placed on IR with knee injury) (WR) 5. Will Hill (suspended, eligible to return Sept. 30) (S) 6. Adrian Tracy (DE) 7. Adwele Ojomo (DE) 8. Matt Broha (DE) 9. Markus Kuhn (PUP list, can return after week 6) (DT) 10. Marvin Austin (DT) 11. Kyle Bosworth (LB) 12. Eric Herman (OL) 13. Matt McCants (OL) 14. Stephen Goodin (OL) 15. Bryant Browning (OL) 16. David Caldwell (S) 17. Terrence Frederick (CB) 18. Charles James (CB) 19. Julian Talley (WR) 20. Marcus Harris (WR) 21. Kevin Hardy (WR) 22. Selvish Capers (OL)

With all moves made and the 53-man roster set, this is what the Giants roster will look like for the 2013 NFL season.

Justin Stevens is a New York Giants writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @stevensj16, like him on Facebook, join his Facebook fan page, and also like him on Google.

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Three Quarterbacks

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Brad PEnner- USA Today Sports

For the first time since 2007, the Giants kept three quarterbacks on their roster. Eli Manning, Curtis Painter and Ryan Nassib look to take the Giants to great heights this season as well as in the future.

Justin Stevens is a New York Giants writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @stevensj16, like him on Facebook, join his Facebook fan page, and also like him on Google.

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Wilson Needs Help

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Running back David Wilson goes into the opening week as the starter for the Giants. The question lies with who is going to be his spell back? Can Michael Cox or Da'Rel Scott fill in while Andre Brown is hurt? That is the real question. Though Brown made the 53-man roster, the Giants can put him on IR and designate his return, meaning that the Giants could gain a roster spot until Brown becomes eligible to return in Week 9. With the injury reportedly only being a four-to-six week injury, I think it is unlikely he will see the IR.

Justin Stevens is a New York Giants writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @stevensj16, like him on Facebook, join his Facebook fan page, and also like him on Google.

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Loaded at Wide Receiver

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The Giants kept five wide receivers this season, the three most obvious choices being Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz and Rueben Randle. The other two receivers to get roster spots were Louis Murphy and Jerrel Jernigen. The latter is likely to get more time with the special teams rather than on offense, where as Murphy looks to be the fourth wideout on the depth chart.

Justin Stevens is a New York Giants writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @stevensj16, like him on Facebook, join his Facebook fan page, and also like him on Google.

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Myers Eyes Big Year

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Brandon Myers looks to lead a corps of four Giants tight ends. Myers is a first-year Giant who was picked up this offseason during Free Agency. He seems to be a lock for the starting spot, however, his lack of blocking skills will allow Bear Pascoe a lot of playing time. Both Adrien Robinson and Larry Donnell are young-and-up-coming tight ends. They both have shown real talent this preseason and are more than capable of filling in when needed; they are the future of the position for the Giants.

Justin Stevens is a New York Giants writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @stevensj16, like him on Facebook, join his Facebook fan page, and also like him on Google.

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Snee Leads O-Line

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Chris Snee and the Giants offensive line look to get back to the bruisers they once were. With an injury to David Diehl, the Giants will have a little patching to do, but rookie Justin Pugh seems ready to fill in for as long as needed. Others that made the roster for the line are Will Beatty, Kevin Boothe, David Baas, Jim Cordle, Brandon Mosley and James Brewer.

Justin Stevens is a New York Giants writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @stevensj16, like him on Facebook, join his Facebook fan page, and also like him on Google.

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D-Line Looks to Improve on Last Year

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The Giants defensive line looks to regain its “glory” days and get after the quarterback this season. Defensive ends Justin Tuck, Jason Pierre-Paul, Mathias Kiwanuka, Damontre Moore and Justin Trattou look to pin their ears back and attack. They have a lot of help this season in the middle, and hopefully will do a better job stopping the run. The big guys in the middles of the defensive line thi are are going to be Linval Joseph, Cullen Jenkins, Shaun Rogers, Johnathan Hankins and Mike Patterson.

Justin Stevens is a New York Giants writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @stevensj16, like him on Facebook, join his Facebook fan page, and also like him on Google.

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Linebackers Need to Perform

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The linebackers look to improve this season with Dan Connor and Mark Herzlich fighting for the spot at middle linbacker. Keith Rivers is on the outside, and Jacquian Williams and Spencer Paysinger are fighting for the other position.

Justin Stevens is a New York Giants writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @stevensj16, like him on Facebook, join his Facebook fan page, and also like him on Google.

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Can Giants Secondary Stay Healthy

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The Giants corners include a few names who are returning to the team for the first time in a few years. Corey Webster and Prince Amukamara are joined this year again by Aaron Ross and Terrell Thomas. Jayron Hosley holds his spot on the team, but looks to get more time in the return game. They are joined by free agent pick up veteran Trumaine McBride.

Justin Stevens is a New York Giants writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @stevensj16, like him on Facebook, join his Facebook fan page, and also like him on Google.

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Running Thin at Saftey

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The Safety position is the thinnest position on the Giants roster. After waiving Tyler Sash, the Giants decided to only keep three safeties on their roster. Antrel Rolle, Ryan Mundy and rookie Cooper Taylor are the only safeties left on the Giants roster until Will Hill is eligible to return from the suspension list after week four.

Justin Stevens is a New York Giants writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @stevensj16, like him on Facebook, join his Facebook fan page, and also like him on Google.

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New Kicker

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The Giants kept three specialists on their roster. Long time long-snapper Zak DeOssie returns to the team as well as punter Steve Weatherford. The new face to the Giants special teams is kicker Josh Brown. I think I speak for all Giants fans when I say he has big shoes to fill. Can he kick the Giants into the Super Bowl too?

Justin Stevens is a New York Giants writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @stevensj16, like him on Facebook, join his Facebook fan page, and also like him on Google.