New York Giants First Cut Day Approaching: Six Names to Watch

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Aug 24, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Michael Cox (29) returns a kick against the New York Jets during the second half at MetLife Stadium. New York Jets defeat the New York Giants 24-21 in OT. Mandatory Credit: Jim O

The NFL preseason is getting into its final stages, and that means rosters must start shrinking. The first cut day is tomorrow August 26th, when teams must reduce their number of players to 75. Here we’ll take a look at six players who were on the Giant’s 53-man roster last year, but might miss the cut in 2014. While these names may survive the initial round of cuts, we may have to say goodbye to them sooner rather than later.

Michael Cox, RB — Originally a 7th round draft pick, Cox has been out-performed this preseason by free agent pick up Kendall Gaskins as a runner. Cox has struggled to develop during his time with the team and remains unpolished as receiver and blocker. He has some experience as a returner but is at the bottom of the depth chart in that category. There is a chance that Cox is kept on the roster for depth due to recent injuries, but it’s a slim window.

Charles James, CB — James is a fan and teammate favorite, but he may be the victim of numbers on the roster combined with some poor preseason play. James has gotten snaps on special teams both as a gunner and as a returner, but he has played inconsistently. His play at cornerback against the Jets in the Giants 4th preseason game failed to inspire much confidence either. Charles James has led pregame huddles and is known for his vocal style of play, but his high character won’t necessarily win him a roster spot.

Jayron Hosley, CB — Let’s tell it like it is: Hosley has struggled throughout his brief NFL career. Now facing another in a series of suspensions, Hosley may need to be cut in order to create a roster spot for another player. There is a wrinkle, however, in the NFL suspension policy that may keep Hosley around a little longer — he won’t count against the 53-man roster until his suspension is up. The Giants may keep him for the duration of his suspension or let him go in preseason. Hosley is on the respirator.