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10 Players Who Won't Make Final Cut For New York Giants

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With the final preseason games coming up this week, roster cuts are right around the corner. The New York Giants had some player step up all throughout the summer, pushing for a spot on the final 53-man roster. Some did not perform as the Giants had hoped and find themselves squarely on the chopping block. Here are 10 players who will not make the cut for the final 53-man roster.

10. LB Spencer Paysinger

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10. LB Spencer Paysinger

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Paysinger may be cut because of a numbers game. Jon Beason, Jameel McClain, Jacquian Williams and Mark Herzlich are locked into roster spots as the starters and special teams leader. That leaves Paysinger on the chopping block as Devon Kennard has blown coaches away with arguably the strongest offseason of any defender on the team. If the Giants keep only five LBs it looks like Paysinger will be the odd man out.

9. DT Markus Kuhn

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9. DT Markus Kuhn

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The Giants like Kuhn, but like Harris he may miss the cut this season because of an injury. He is dealing with a leg injury, and if it keeps him out for an extended period of time it will cost him his roster spot. The surprisingly strong play of third-round pick Jay Bromley may give them confidence he can step into the role Kuhn was expected to have this season.

8. QB Curtis Painter

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8. QB Curtis Painter

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The Giants do not normally hold onto three quarterbacks, leaving Painter on the outside looking in. He and Nassib were locked in a battle for backup duties to Eli Manning throughout the spring and training camp, but Nassib looks to have locked up that job with his performance the last two weeks in the preseason. The plan all along was for Nassib to be the backup, and he finally performed well enough to warrant the spot.

7. CB Jayron Hosley

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7. CB Jayron Hosley

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Hosley is suspended for the first four games of the season, so he will not be able to return until Week 5. By then, the Giants will have to decide if there is someone worth cutting to keep Hosley. Currently, it does not look that way. The Giants are loaded in the secondary and will already have a tough time choosing who stays without Hosley in the mix. It’s hard to picture someone getting cut for him in six weeks when he’s eligible to return.

6. FB John Conner

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6. FB John Conner

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There was little chance the Giants were going to keep both Conner and Henry Hynoski. This was arguably the most heated camp battle throughout the summer, and it looks like Conner will lose out. With deficiencies across the rest of the offense, the versatility that Hynoski possesses placed him ahead of Conner on the depth chart. Conner will be looking for work somewhere else once the rosters begin to get trimmed.

5. LB Dan Fox

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5. LB Dan Fox

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Fox faced an uphill battle coming into camp as an UDFA, but he was turning heads early in the offseason with his play during OTAs and spring practices. But he hasn’t been making as many waves throughout the team since and will not make the final roster. He will be a candidate for the Giants practice squad, as his versatility and production in college is something the Giants liked enough to sign him as an UDFA back in May.

4. WR Marcus Harris

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4. WR Marcus Harris

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Harris earned a spot with the team, but a shoulder injury will keep him from making the final 53-man roster. The injury is supposed to keep him out for a while and is the sole reason he will be cut. He has performed admirably throughout the offseason and was even running with the first-team offense against the New York Jets. If not for the injury, he would have been a virtual lock. The Giants will try holding onto him for the practice squad.

3. RB Michael Cox

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3. RB Michael Cox

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2013 seventh-round pick was forced into action last season as the Giants struggled with injuries to the running back position. This season it has been much of the same thus far, but Cox will not be as fortunate. He has been outperformed by Kendall Gaskins throughout training camp and the preseason, putting him squarely on the roster bubble. The only thing that will keep Cox around is if Peyton Hillis’ foot injury continues to plague him.

2. WR Trindon Holliday

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2. WR Trindon Holliday

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When he was signed, Holliday looked to be a lock for the roster because of his return abilities. The Giants special teams lacked production last season, and Holliday was brought in to fix that. That ability is also what will keep Holliday from making this team. The Giants to not have the luxury of carrying a specialist such as Holliday with all of the holes they have elsewhere. His hamstring injury throughout the offseason also didn’t help.

1. WR Mario Manningham

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1. WR Mario Manningham

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Manningham’s knee injuries look to have caught up to him. He has shown little burst in games, and in practice he is permanently limited in what he can do. As a veteran who is well liked in the organization, Manningham had an outside chance to make the roster. But with the performances of unheralded players such as Corey Washington, Preston Parker and Harris, it looks as though Manningham will not make the cut.

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