Predicting the New York Giants’ Final 53-Man Roster
Predicting The New York Giants Final 53-Man Roster
With the final week of the preseason upon us, NFL teams must begin trimming their rosters. For the New York Giants, this will be a process that is looked over time and time again as injury concerns are already mounting at certain positions. This puts pressure on fringe players as the Giants need bodies at certain positions. Here is my prediction for the Giants' final 53-man roster.
Eli Manning is unquestionably the starter here for the Giants. The backup spot was up for grabs throughout the offseason, but that job looks to have been sewn up by Ryan Nassib with his performance the past two preseason games. The Giants do not like carrying three QBs, and cannot afford to this season, so they will go into the regular season with Manning and Nassib at QB.
Rashad Jennings is the unquestioned starter, and is arguably the most important player on the offense. Andre Williams will be sprinkled in at the goal line and early downs, but he is not yet ready for a significant role. Peyton Hillis should survive cuts, even after injuring his ankle. The severity of the injury will determine if Michael Cox makes the final roster along with Kendall Gaskins. Henry Hynoski will win the FB battle with John Conner.
This is where the Giants have the most surprises. Victor Cruz, Reuben Randle and Odell Beckham Jr. are all locks. Jerrel Jernigan should make the team because of his participation on special teams. Corey Washington and Preston Parker both earned spots on the team with their preseason performances in favor of Mario Manningham and Trindon Holliday. Marcus Harris, a camp standout, will not make the cut because of a shoulder injury.
No one has separated themselves in the TE race during training camp, so the Giants will more than likely use a committee approach and ride the hot hand. UDFA Xavier Grimble has been injured throughout training camp, and looks destined for a spot on the Giants' practice squad. Adrien Robinson, Kellen Davis, Daniel Fells and Larry Donnell will make the final roster. Donnell looks to be the nominal starter currently.
The preseason is not even over and the Giants have a mess on their hands at offensive line. Prized free-agent acquisition Geoff Schwartz will be out for a while, potentially the season. The other starting G Brandon Mosley is injured as well. Rookie Weston Richburg and veteran John Jerry are next up to start alongside J.D. Walton, Will Beatty and Justin Pugh. Charles Brown, Dallas Reynolds and James Brewer should all make the roster.
The only question mark here is the health of Markus Kuhn. If he misses practice time, he may not hold onto his roster spot in favor of a rookie such as Kerry Wynn. The play of Jay Bromley may also make Kuhn expendable. Jason Pierre-Paul and Cullen Jenkins are locked in as starters. Mathias Kiwanuka looks to have the other DE spot with Mike Patterson at DT. Robert Ayers, Jonathan Hankins and Damontre Moore will all have a role too.
With injuries riddling the roster already, this is where a real dilemma occurs for the Giants. They planned on keeping five, but the play of Devon Kennard makes that difficult; he has earned a spot. If they stick with five, Spencer Paysinger is in trouble. Jon Beason, Jameel McClain and Jacquian Williams are locks as the expected starters. Mark Herzlich has earned his spot with his play on special teams and as a valuable backup.
CB is the strongest unit the Giants have. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Prince Amukamara will start on the outside with Walter Thurmond manning the slot; Zack Bowman and Trumaine McBride round out the top five. The Giants have a decision to make in Week 5 once Jayron Hosley returns from suspension. Antrel Rolle and Stevie Brown will start at S, with Nat Berhe and Quintin Demps as the backups. Cooper Taylor was placed on season-ending IR.
Josh Brown beat out Brandon McManus for kicking duties, and he was subsequently traded to the Denver Broncos. Steve Weatherford will be the punter again, and Zak DeOssie will once again be the long snapper. It looks like Demps will handle kick return duties, while Parker will be the punt return man. Parker has been doing it all preseason with Beckham Jr. and Holliday battling injuries.