Dec 30, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants general manger Jerry Reese during the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Metlife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: William Perlman/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY Sports

Giants 2013 53-Man Roster Projection

By now, you have probably already seen JT’s Giants 53-man roster projection, but I figured that I would throw my hat in the ring when it comes to prognosticating how the Giants final roster will look heading into their week one showdown against the Dallas Cowboys.

  • Aug 10, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the second half at Heinz Field. The Giants won the game, 18-13. Mandatory Credit: Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports

    QB (3) – Eli Manning, David Carr, Ryan Nassib Giants GM, Jerry Reese, traded up to snag Ryan Nassib in the fourth round which pretty much guarantees him a roster spot even though he has looked terrible.  Although I think Curtis Painter has looked slightly better than David Carr, I believe the Giants will keep Carr because of his familiarity with Eli and the offense.

  • RB (3) – David Wilson, Andre Brown, Michael CoxRyan Torain has looked good in limited duty, but I don’t see the Giants keeping four runningbacks, especially if they keep three quarterbacks. Da’Rel Scott’s days in big blue are coming to an end as seventh rounder, Michael Cox, has been impressive.
  • FB (1) – Henry Hynoski 
  • WR (5) – Victor Cruz, Hakeem Nicks, Rueben Randle, Louis Murphy, Ramses Barden (Julian Talley and/or Kevin Hardy to practice squad) - Jerrel Jernigan has once again looked lost on the field, and I think his time in New York is up.  Barden barely makes the cut and Murphy makes it despite being banged up of late.  This is one position that could go a number of different ways.
  • TE (4) – Brandon Myers, Bear Pascoe, Adrien Robinson, Larry Donnell – Since I have the Giants only keeping five receivers, it gives them room to keep an extra tight end.  Pascoe’s ability to also play fullback is very important, especially with Hynoski coming back from an injury.  Donnell has been impressive and showed a lot of heart coming back very quickly from a knee injury suffered during a practice session.
  • Jul 27, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants guard Kevin Boothe (77) offensive linesman Selvish Capers (60) offensive tackle Justin Pugh (72) tackle Brandon Mosley (67) and center Jim Cordle (63) take a breather during training camp at the Timex Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Jim O

    OL (9) – Will Beatty, Kevin Boothe, David Baas, Chris Snee, Justin Pugh, David Diehl, James Brewer, Jim Cordle, Brandon Mosley (Matt McCants and/or Eric Herman to the practice squad) – Even though David Diehl and Jim Cordle are horrible, the Giants will keep them both.  I am really hoping Reese can find a hidden gem or two on the waiver wire because this group doesn’t instill much confidence in me.

  • DT (5) – Linval Joseph, Cullen Jenkins, Johnathan Hankins, Shaun Rogers, Mike Patterson (Markus Kuhn to IR or the practice squad) – This group is absolutely loaded with talent, and despite playing better the last couple of games, Marvin Austin doesn’t make the cut.  I have a feeling Austin will be a waiver target for a number of other teams.
  • DE (5) – Justin Tuck, Jason Pierre-Paul, Damontre Moore, Mathias Kiwanuka, Adrian Tracy (Matt Broha and/or Justin Trattou to the practice squad) – Another absolutely STACKED group for the GMEN.  This might be the toughest cuts to make, but players like Adewale Ojomo should get a long look from a lot of other teams.  If the Giants feel as if Moore’s injury is going to bother him all year, they could try to free up a spot here by putting him on the IR.
  • Jul 28, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants linebackers Jake Muasau (43) Kyle Bosworth (48) Mark Herzlich (58) and Etienne Sabino (47) during training camp at the Quest Diagnostic Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Jim O

    LB (6) – Keith Rivers, Dan Connor, Spencer Paysinger, Kyle Bosworth, Mark Herzlich, Jacquian Williams – The Giants have six linebackers left on their roster and I believe all six will make the team.

  • Jul 28, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants cornerback Terrell Thomas (24) and cornerback Aaron Ross (31) during training camp at the Quest Diagnostic Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Jim O

    CB (6) – Corey Webster, Prince Amukamara, Aaron Ross, Jayron Hosley, Terrell Thomas, Charles James (Terrence Frederick to the practice squad) – Undrafted free agent rookie, Charlie James, had a tremendous training camp and makes the team over veteran Trumaine McBride.  Terrell Thomas also makes the team after coming back from two straight ACL injuries.

  • S (3) – Antrel Rolle, Ryan Mundy, Tyler Sash (Cooper Taylor to IR or practice squad) – Will Hill is suspended for the first four games of the season and will take somebody’s roster spot when he returns, but for now he doesn’t take up room.
  • Special Teams (3) – (PK) Josh Brown, (P) Steve Weatherford, (LS) Zak DeOssie

Boy, let me tell you, I do not envy the Giants front office and coaching staff’s job to trim down the roster to a final 53 by Saturday 6:00 PM EST.  There are a ton of tough choices, especially on the defensive side of the ball.  One thing is for sure, though, the Giants will be letting loose a couple of guys who will be getting calls from other teams.

Don’t agree with me? Let me hear your 53-man roster projections in the comments below!

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  • Twain

    Mcbride, Talley, Jernigan, Austin…could all make it but I agree with the rest.

    • James

      Austin/Rogers decision was easily the hardest! Both deserve to make the team, in all honesty, and Reese very well could go with his high draft pick over the aging veteran.

      Jernigan has looked lost on the field, even in the practices I was at, but there’s no doubt that Reese believes he has a lot of upside. I’m just not certain he will ever show that ability and you can only give a guy so much time before you have to cut bait. This could be the year, but there is a very real possibility that the Giants will choose to keep him over Barden (or even find a way to keep both).

      There’s only one thing that’s certain on cut day, besides Eli making the team, is that there will definitely be a few surprise moves here and there.

      Thanks for the comment!

  • MStewart9

    Its my understanding that Will Hill would have to be adding to the 53 man roster before they can put him on suspension…Am I correct??

    • James

      Nope, he will not have to be added to the 53 man roster until his suspension is up. If the Giants want to put him on after the suspension they will have to make room for him by either cutting somebody or putting an injured player on IR.

  • MStewart9

    I agree with a lot of your selections regarding the 53 man roster. However; here is my list, with a few differences than yours:
    QB: (3) Manning, Carr and Nassib (same as yours)
    RB: (3)Wilson, Brown and Cox (Same as yours)
    FB: (0)None (you have Hynoski) I believe its possibility that Hynoski starts the season IR if the Giants feel he’s not ready or if they could use an extra roster spot for another play to start the season.
    WR: (6) Nicks, Cruz, Randle, Murphy, Barden, Jerrigan (only Jerrigan not on your list). This is a tough one because GM Reese doesn’t like to give up on his draft picks. This one could go your way or mine.
    OL: (9) Snee, Baas, Diehl, Pugh, Beatty, Booth, Brewer, Cordle, Mosley(same as yours
    DT: (5) Joseph, Jenkins, Patterson, Hankins, Austin (same as yours with the exception you have Rogers over Austin). If the Giants feel Austin has somewhat turned the corner, they will keep him over Rogers (34 years old) Remember this: Patterson and Joseph are only signed for this season.
    DE: (5) Tuck, JPP, Kiwanuka,Moore, Ojomo (only differences from yours is that you have Tracy over Ojomo). My thought here is that the Giants lack the pass rushers as JPP is coming off back surgery and Tuck is declining. Throw in Moores inexperience and lack of playing time (in pre-season). Ojomo has shown his pass rushing ability despite it being against 2nd and 3rd stringers. If the Giants strongly feel that if they place Ojomo on waivers and another team will claim him; then they will put him on the 53 man roster.
    LB: (6) Williams, Keith, Herzlich, Connor, Paysinger. Bosworth (same as yours)
    CB:(5) Webster, Amukamara, Hosley, Thomas, Ross (Different their yours). This will be a very difficult decision for the Giants because when healthy this secondary was awful in 2012. In my opinion, the Giants should only retain Amukamara and get rid of the rest.
    S: (4) Rolle, Sash, Taylor, Mundy (you Taylor out). Again, if the Giants feel strongly that Taylor will be claimed, there is no way they waive him.
    specialists: Brown, Weatherford, DeOssie (same as yours) In opinion, DeOssie is a waste of a roster spot. If only the Giants could get another player who is already penciled in on the 53 man roster to also snap punts. Then they could use that extra roster spot for another position which needs depth.

    • James

      A lot of the areas you have different than me were my toughest decisions (Ojomo/Tracy, Austin/Rogers, Jernigan, etc) so I definitely respect your list, as well.

      As for Hynoski, I am pretty confident he will make the team. He looked to be moving well in the last practice I saw and I can’t see the Giants offense abandoning the fullback position (although, they could use Pascoe there).

      You very well might be right about Austin over Rogers. The more I think about it, the more I think that’s the way Reese will see it too. My only concern is that the Giants run defense was so pitiful last year and Rogers is probably their second best run stopper. Patterson has also looked fantastic so far in the pre-season games, but you have a very valid point about them being stop-gap players.

      Ojomo seems to have lost some favor with the coaches, even Matt Broha has been playing ahead of him. I’m not sure if the Giants are trying to “hide” him so they can sneak him onto their PS, or what the deal is there.

      It should be really interesting to see what happens, but I like your list a lot. Thanks for the sharing it and jumping into the discussion!

  • dubinsky

    don’t be surprised if Brewer gets cut.

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