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5 New York Giants On The Roster Bubble in Preseason Week 3

5 New York Giants On The Roster Bubble in Preseason Week 3

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The New York Giants have a 3-0 record mostly in part to the second and third teams. Those players are beginning to make a name for themselves and challenging veterans for roster spots on the final 53-man team. Here are five Giants on the roster bubble heading into Week 3 of the preseason.

5. LB Spencer Paysinger

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5. LB Spencer Paysinger

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Depending on what the Giants do at the position, Paysinger could be on the outside looking in. Devon Kennard has had an outstanding first offseason, putting Paysinger on the roster bubble. Jon Beason, Jameel McClain, Jacquian Williams and Mark Herzlich are all locks to make the roster for a number of reasons. As it currently sits, if it comes down to Kennard and Paysinger, the Giants look to like Kennard enough that he will be the one to stay.

4. QB Curtis Painter

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4. QB Curtis Painter

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Painter had a strong first two games, but Ryan Nassib responded with a game-winning drive in the third Giants victory. Painter and Nassib will continue fighting for backup duties, but Painter faces an uphill battle. The Giants want Nassib to win the job, and in all honesty no matter whom the backup QB is, the Giants are in trouble if Eli Manning isn’t on the field. Painter more than likely will lose out to the younger Nassib.

3. RB Michael Cox

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3. RB Michael Cox

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Cox looks in real danger of missing the final 53-man roster. Peyton Hillis’ ankle injury gives him a chance to make the final roster, but Cox has not performed as well as Kendall Gaskins and looks to be behind him currently. The fact the Giants have used their fullbacks in such versatile ways also puts Cox’s roster spot in jeopardy as Tom Coughlin has said on multiple occasions that their fullbacks can play running back.

2. WR Mario Manningham

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2. WR Mario Manningham

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The Giants brought Manningham back this offseason hoping he was recovered from the knee injuries that plagued him in his two seasons with the San Francisco 49ers. But Manningham has shown little explosion in practice, and is always a limited participant because of the injuries. The Giants have healthier, younger options that are pushing for Manningham’s roster spot and it looks like they have the inside track to taking it.

1. WR Trindon Holliday

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1. WR Trindon Holliday

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Holliday has been battling a hamstring injury all preseason, and it looks like it will cost him. Holliday is a one-trick pony, being a return man specialist and not offering offensively. The Giants have plenty options to use as a return man, and cutting a player like Holliday looks like a logical decision right now. The Giants need as many roster spots as possible, so keeping a specialist like Holliday is not a luxury they can afford.

Kenneth Teape is a New York Giants writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @teapester725 or join his Google network