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5 New York Giants’ Veterans Who Won’t Make 53-Man Roster

5 New York Giants' Veterans Who Won't Make 53-Man Roster

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The New York Giants' roster went through a great deal of turnover during the offseason. New York signed several notable free agents and let go of a handful of familiar veterans. With OTAs underway and a new crop of young talent in place, here is a look at five veterans who won't make the 53-man roster.

5. Markus Kuhn, DT

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5. Markus Kuhn, DT

Markus Kuhn, New York Giants
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Markus Kuhn's young career has been plagued by injuries. As a result, Kuhn has not been able to solidify his spot in the Giants' defensive line rotation. The selection of Jay Bromley in the 2014 NFL Draft and the signing of undrafted free agent Kelcy Quarles gives New York more flexibility at defensive tackle. Kuhn is now in jeopardy of being cut during training camp.

4. Curtis Painter, QB

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4. Curtis Painter, QB

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The Giants drafted quarterback Ryan Nassib to backup Eli Manning and possibly become his long-term replacement. Last season, Nassib was not ready to be the primary backup, so the team turned to veteran Curtis Painter. This season, Nassib should be ready to handle the role, leaving Painter as a candidate to be released.

3. John Conner, FB

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3. John Conner, FB

John Conner, New York Giants
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Big Blue signed John Conner to replace the injured Henry Hynoski at fullback last season. Conner performed well in his time with the Giants and proved that he is still a very good player. However, Hynoski is now fully recovered from his shoulder injury and will be ready for the start of the season. Hynoski's return will force Conner off the roster.

2. Peyton Hillis, RB

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2. Peyton Hillis, RB

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Similar to Conner, the Giants added Peyton Hillis due to injuries in the backfield. Hillis was re-signed during the offseason, but he is still at risk of being left off of the 53-man roster. New York added Andre Williams in the draft, a back who plays with a similar style to Hillis. David Wilson will also be back from injury, making Hillis more expendable.

1. Mario Manningham, WR

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1. Mario Manningham, WR

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The former Super Bowl hero was brought back by the G-Men in free agency this offseason. Manningham is still recovering from a knee injury he suffered while playing for San Francisco and his status for training camp remains questionable. If Manningham cannot get on the field during camp and prove that he can contribute, he will be cut.