Giants Trim Roster to 74 on First Day of Cuts


Today the Giants cut their roster down from 90 to 74 players. In just 4 days they must come down to 53.

As for today though 9 players were released, 2 were placed on injured reserve, 2 were waived with an injury designation, and 1 more was placed on the physically unable to perform list.

None of those released were really a surprise. On the offensive side of the ball the Giants released wide receivers Jurion Criner and Derrick Johnson, offensive linemen Eric Herman and Michael Bamiro and tight end Will Tye.

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As for defense, defensive end Jordan Stanton, defensive tackle Jimmy Staten and safety Justin Halley were handed their walking papers.

Punter Rob Malone was also released.

The two players waived with an injury designation were running back Akeem Hunt and offensive lineman Brandon Mosley. Hunt showed real promise as a kick returner but he had stiff competition in the newly signed Dwayne Harris. Hunt ran the ball well out of the backfield but he was burried behind Rashad Jennings, Andre Williams, Shane Vereen, and Orleans Darkwa. I though Hunt would have lasted longer then fellow running back Kenneth Harper but his injury cut his time short.

Offensive lineman Brandon Mosley was drafted in the 4th round of the 2012 draft. He was expected to compete for both the starting right tackle position and a role as a reserve but I guess his lack of development paired with injuries ran thin with Big Blue’s coaching staff.

Offensive tackle Will Beatty was moved to the physically unable to perform (PUP) list and hopefully he heals as soon as possible because this offensive line can sure use him.

Defensive backs Bennett Jackson and Josh Gordy were moved to injured reserve and will not be eligible to play all season. I understand putting Jackson on IR as he showed promise this pre-season. Keeping Gordy around doesn’t make sense to me though. He may be a candidate to be released with an injury settlement down the line.

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