The super bowl champions will defend they’re title opening day on Wednesday, September 5th. The toughest day before then will be this Friday, when the Giants will have to go from 75 players to 53. This is a tough day for the coaches. It’s tough to separate the final few guys. It’s even tougher to get the players they just cut to their practice squad. Here’s my official prediction for the offensive side of the ball’s roster after tonight’s pre-season game. Critique away:
In – QB: Eli Manning, David Carr (2)
Out – QB: Ryan Perrilloux
Notes: The Giants haven’t been in the business of carrying more then two QB’s on their roster in the past few seasons, and it won’t start now. Although Perrilloux has looked solid this pre-season, the Giants won’t waste a precious spot on a third QB. Perrilloux is practice squad eligible. If he clears waivers, the Giants will likely try and stash him there.
In – RB/FB: Ahmad Bradshaw, David Wilson, D.J. Ware, Da’Rel Scott, Henry Hynoski (5)
Out – RB/FB: Andre Brown
Notes: It was a touch contest between Scott and Brown, but Brown loses the final spot to Scott. In his second year, Scott displayed enough ability on special teams and as a returner to warrant the nod over Brown. His 4.2 speed is also the edge that tipped the scales in his favor.
In – WR: Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz, Domenik Hixon, Ruben Randle, Jerrel Jernigan, Ramses Barden (6)
Out – WR: David Douglas, Dan DePalma, Isaiah Stanback
Notes: All three who don’t make the list had solid camps. Douglas added help as a returner and a solid special teamer. As did DePalma. However, they’re simply isn’t enough room for all these guys. I just don’t see the Giants carrying 7 wide outs, especially with the injuries to the interior defensive line and cornerbacks. Douglas and DePalma are guys the Giants would like to keep on their practice squad. Will they still be there? Risky, but necessary.
In – TE: Bear Pascoe; Martellus Bennett; Adrien Robinson (3)
Out – TE: Larry Donnell, Christian Hopkins
Notes: It’s highly unlikely the Giants carry four tight ends opening day. With TE Travis Beckum on the PUP list for the first 6 games of the regular season, the Giants will carry Pascoe, who is looking like the starter, Bennett, whom they signed this off-season and Robinson, the teams fourth-round draft pick. The better question is what happens when/if Beckum comes off the PUP list?
In – OL: Will Beatty, Kevin Boothe, David Baas, Chris Snee, David Diehl, Sean Locklear, James Brewer, Jim Cordle, Mitch Petrus (9)
Out – OL: Selvish Capers, Matt McCants, Christ White, Steven Goodin
Notes: UPDATED: The updated list is to include Petrus now making the team. After tough deliberations, Petrus makes it.
TOTAL AMOUNT OF PLAYERS: 25