With the 2023 NFL Draft officially wrapped up, we are starting to get a bigger picture of what the NY Giants roster could look like entering the season. While some players are a lock to make the final cut, other futures aren't so certain.
Normally, we see some of the veterans be released from the team first, as they are often more expensive to keep around. However, this does not mean that some of the younger players on the Giants are safe. For one reason or another, these four players haven't shown much since being drafted and are at risk of being cut to either free up cap space, or add an additional roster spot for an incoming rookie:
4. RB Gary Brightwell
Following the selection of Eric Gray in the fifth round of this year's draft, it seems like the Giants may have to cut down on their RB depth in order to make room for their main three backs. With this being the case, it's reasonable to expect former sixth-round pick Gary Brightwell to be released.
More likely than not, Brightwell will be released and re-signed to the practice squad, but his odds of making the main roster are very slim unless they opt to release veteran Matt Breida. However, given his connection to both Joe Schoen and Brian Daboll, he'll probably be around for the entire season.
In two campaigns with the Giants, Brightwell has run the ball 31 times for 141 yards and one touchdown, averaging 4.5 yards per carry. While these numbers aren't very impressive on paper, Brightwell had some flashes of solid play throughout the 2022 season. Despite this, these flashes likely won't be enough to secure his spot on the roster.
It would be nice to see Brightwell stick around, but the newcomer Gray showed tons of potential in college to be a three-down back. This is a very valuable skill set to have with how overworked Saquon Barkley was last season. Hopefully, Schoen makes the right decision to keep Brightwell on the practice squad though if he wishes to stay in New York.