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Giants Cut David Tyree; Cutdown Day Open Thread

In expected news, the Giants have cut Super Bowl hero David Tyree. Tyree was a long shot to make the team, as injuries, ineffectiveness, and better players ahead of him made it all but impossible. Because of his status as a Super Bowl hero, some (including me), thought that the Giants would keep him because of the sentimental value. In the end, the Giants couldn’t waste a roster spot on sentiment alone. Tyree will likely garner some interest due to his special teams prowess, and presence in the locker room.

UPDATE: Let’s make this the cutdown day open thread. We’ll post the cuts here as they trickle in (all of the cuts are provided by either The Daily News twitter page of the Star Ledger twitter page)

11:22 EST: Maurice Evans, Anthony Bryant, Sha’Reff Rashad, and (surprise!) Michael Matthews have been cut. I get Bryant, and expect Rashad to end up on the practice squad, but Mo Evans and Matthews in particular are surprises. We here were really high on Evans– pass rushers don’t grow on trees, and he showed an innate ability to get after the QB. I’m afraid some team will pick him up. And Matthews, who has excelled as the blocking tight end the past two years, is even more surprising. This probably means that Darcy Johnson had made the team. But Johnson is not a good blocking tight end. He’s more of a pass catcher, as is Travis Beckum. This might mean Dwayne Wright has made the team as the backup fullback.

11:26 EST: Remember to follow our Twitter page, as we’ll provide the cuts as soon as they happen.

11:28 EST: DeAndre Wright was cut. No surprise. I thought he was awful in preseason action, especially the past two games. But, it begs the question: Why would they cut Stoney Woodson? He was very impressive in training camp and in preseason. And yeah, he was injured. But, he was expected to make a quick recovery. They could’ve maneuvered him around to keep him on the roster. These are the first two draft picks to be cut in the Jerry Reese era.

11:33 EST: Kevin Boothe and Adam Koets made the team. Not a big surprise.

11:38 EST: Last year’s 6th round pick Robert Henderson has been cut. He was on IR last year.

11:56 EST: LB Kenny Ingram, OL Cliff Louis, OL Orinn Thompson,and QB Rhett Bomar have been cut. They’ll try to get Bomar and Ingram on the Practice Squad.

12:03 EST: QB Andre Woodson and S Travonti Johnson have been cut. Woodson’s not a surprise, as he was quite awful in preseason.

12:25 EST: CB/S Vince Anderson has been cut. That leaves the Giants with 3 safeties. Don’t rule out a waiver wire pickup, probably a veteran. My guess is that the Giants didn’t want to have all youth in the secondary– the only real veteran is Corey Webster. With Travonti Johnson, Sha’Reff Rashad, DeAndre Wright, and Stoney Woodson being cut, they must not have felt confident with so many youngsters in the secondary.

12:41EST: DT Jeremy Clark was waived/injured, WR Shaun Bodiford, and DT Anthony Bryant were cut, although Bryant is expected to stay on the practice squad.

1:07 EST: The hero of the Carolina preseason game DL Tommie Hill has been cut. He’ll remember that game forever. Apparantley, Leger Douzable has made the team, meaning there are 9 defensive linemen.

1:23 EST: FB Dwayne Wright and OL Terrance Pennington have been cut. One more cut remaining (remember, Jay Alford went on IR, and Michael
Boley is suspended for week 1.)

2:34 EST: RB Allen Patrick has been cut– look for him on practice squad.

6:15 EST: Michael Matthews has been traded to the Patriots for a conditional 2011 draft pick. Earlier, it was reported that he was cut. So, I’m not sure what changed there.

6:30 EST: All these moves are now official. So here’s your 2009 Giants (provided, of course, they don’t pick someone up on the waiver wire)

QB: Eli Manning, David Carr

RB: Brandon Jacobs, Ahmad Bradshaw, Danny Ware

FB: Madison Hedgecock

WR: Domenik Hixon, Steve Smith, Mario Manningham, Sinorice Moss, Derek Hagan, Hakeem Nicks, Ramses Barden

TE: Kevin Boss, Darcy Johnson, Travis Beckum

OL: David Diehl, Rich Seubert, Shaun O’Hara, Chris Snee, Kareem McKenzie, Kevin Boothe, Adam Koets, Guy Whimper, William Beatty, Tutan Reyes

DL: Justin Tuck, Osi Umenyiora, Mathias Kiwanuka, Barry Cofield, Fred Robbins, Chris Canty, Rocky Bernard, Leger Douzable, Dave Tollefson

LB: Antonio Pierce, Danny Clark, Clint Sintim, Chase Blackburn, Jonathan Goff, Bryan Kehl, Gerris Wilkins, Zak DeOssie (Michael Boley, but he’s on the suspended list for week 1)

DB: Aaron Ross, Corey Webster, Kevin Dockery, Terrell Thomas, Bruce Johnson, Kenny Phillips, Michael Johnson, CC Brown

K: Lawrence Tynes

P: Jeff Feagles

6:40 EST: Tom Coughlin spoke about the roster moves today (via

*On Matthews, who made the team as a rookie free agent in 2007:

“Mike Matthews was very difficult for us to have to say goodbye to, because I have such respect for Mike and what he has done in his life and his family and what he represents – a try-hard guy that nobody gives a chance and he comes in and he’s the right man in the right place at the right time and wins a Super Bowl ring in his rookie year. I think about his toughness.”

*Coughlin said Woodson was another difficult cut:

“Andre’ Woodson, how far he has come as a player and as a young man in terms of the way he’s grown up and the way he has matured in his development and the quality of player that he is.”

*For the second year in a row, Manning and Carr are the only quarterbacks on the roster. Coughlin was asked if the third quarterback was a luxury he couldn’t afford, given his needs at other positions:

“I think you have to make a very difficult call when you decide to go with two. That roster spot can be utilized by a worthy player, a player that deserves to be on your team. We’ve found, as we go forward with 32 teams, that it’s very difficult later on to find a quality player, a guy that can come in and help if you need one. So you are much better off to try to protect those that you have that are currently on your squad that can play the game at a high level. You’re more inclined to try to do whatever you can to take care of your roster and keep as many good players as you can.”

*Neither of the cornerbacks drafted by the Giants, DeAndre Wright and Stoney Woodson, made the team. But free agent Bruce Johnson did.

“He hung in there more than anything else,” Coughlin said. “I think he kept getting a little bit better and a little bit better. He has the speed. To me, he needs to play more. He was a guy that was fairly consistent. All three of those young kids had the ball go over their head at some point during training camp. With Bruce, it might have happened once in that first preseason game. But he’s hung in there and battled.”

*On Sinorice Moss, the object of much recent speculation:

“As you look at your team, you just try to keep the best players. Sometimes it’s not as balanced as you like. Nevertheless, you have to do it. It’s your responsibility to the franchise, really, to keep the best guys.

*On Hagan, who joined the team late last season:

“He is a good special teams player. He will put it on the line and he will play all those teams. He has outstanding endurance. He was very noticeable in the spring. At times he stuck out in training camp as a receiver. You combine his size with the ability he has as a special teams player, he certainly deserves his spot.”

*On whether after Alford’s injury, he believes the team still has good defensive line depth:

“I do, but a lot has to do with health. If Canty comes back and he’s healthy and he can play, we can formulate a good, solid rotation, which I think is what the idea is. An awful lot has been made of this. There was a lot of time this camp when we didn’t have a lot of these guys. Rocky Bernard, we didn’t have him. We didn’t have Canty. And we never really had Boley. The depth part of it is something that we pursued. It has not materialized. Hopefully it will and hopefully it will stay that way. We can play our rotation and we can get quality snaps out of each guy, and they in turn can have their best when their best is needed.”

*Jersey number changes: Hakeem Nicks will move from the No. 18 he has worn this preseason to No. 88, which had been worn by Michael Matthews the past two seasons; Jeff Feagles goes from No. 17 back to No. 18; and Leger Douzable goes from No. 78 into No. 90.

*Nicks led the NFL during the preseason with 272 receiving yards.

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3 Responses to “Giants Cut David Tyree; Cutdown Day Open Thread”

  1. Giants have officially waived Andre Woodson

  2. Júlio César says:

    i hope that bomar make it through the waivers and get back to the practice squad

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