Giants announce roster cuts; 75-man roster set

Posted Aug 26, 2014

The Giants have announced transactions to reduce the team roster to 75

The Giants today made 15 transactions to reach the NFL roster limit of 75 players in advance of the 4 p.m. deadline.

WR Marcus Harris
DS Cooper Taylor

LB Justin Anderson
DE Emmanuel Dieke

LB Spencer Adkins
DB C.J. Barnett
TE Jerome Cunningham
DT Everett Dawkins
TE Xavier Grimble
WR Travis Harvey
DB Charles James
K Brandon McManus
DB Kyle Sebetic
G John Sullen
DB Ross Weaver
Two players were placed on injured reserve: safety Cooper Taylor, who injured the sesamoid bone in his left foot in Indianapolis on Aug. 16, and wide receiver Marcus Harris, who has a hip injury.

Two players were waived/injured: linebacker Justin Anderson (hamstring) and defensive end Emmanuel Dieke (knee).

Eleven players were waived: cornerbacks Charles James and Ross Weaver; safeties C.J. Barnett and Kyle Sebetic; linebacker Spencer Adkins; wide receiver Travis Harvey; tight ends Xavier Grimble and Jerome Cunningham; guard John Sullen; defensive tackle Everett Dawkins; and kicker Brandon McManus.


Taylor and James were the only players among the 15 who played for the 2013 Giants. Adkins and Dawkins were the only other players with NFL regular-season experience.

With McManus’ departure, 12-year veteran Josh Brown will be the Giants’ placekicker for a second season.

The Giants will play their fifth and final postseason game Thursday night at home against the New England Patriots. All NFL teams must reduce their rosters to the regular-season maximum of 53 players by 4 p.m. Saturday.

Taylor was the Giants’ fifth-round draft choice in 2013. As a rookie, he played in 10 games, had four special teams tackles and scored a touchdown on 21-yard return of a blocked punt vs. Oakland. This month, Taylor saw extensive action at safety in the Giants’ first three preseason games and had 15 tackles (11 solo) and an end zone interception against Buffalo in the Hall of Fame Game. He is expected to undergo surgery on his foot.


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Harris was signed by the Giants on Aug. 12, 2013 and spent most of last season on the team’s practice squad. He had previously been in training camp with the Detroit Lions (2011) and Tennessee Titans (2012). Harris’ nine receptions (for 92 yards) tie him with Corey Washington for the team-lead this summer. Harris will undergo surgery to repair the labrum in his hip.

Grimble was signed as a rookie free agent from Southern California on May 16. He returned to the field this week after missing almost all of training camp – and the first four preseason games – with a hamstring injury.

Anderson was signed by the Giants on May 12. In four preseason games, he had three defensive tackles (two solo) and a forced fumble and two assisted tackles on special teams.

Adkins played in 24 games for the Atlanta Falcons from 2009-11. He was waived at the end of training camp by the Falcons in 2012 and the Baltimore Ravens last year and did not play in either season. The Giants signed him on Jan. 7. Adkins helped fuel the Giants’ comeback victory in Indianapolis by recovering a fumble in the end zone for their second touchdown. He also had seven tackles (five solo).

Dieke was signed as a rookie free agent on May 13. He assisted on one tackle while playing in all four preseason games.

James was an undrafted rookie when he signed with the Giants on May 10, 2013. He was waived at the end of training camp, signed to the practice squad on Sept. 1 and to the active roster on Oct. 5. James played in 12 games and had seven special teams tackles. This month, he played cornerback and had six tackles (five solo) and a pass defensed.


Weaver spent the final month of the 2013 season on the Giants’ practice squad and was signed to a reserve/future contract on Dec. 30. Like James, he had six tackles (five solo) this preseason. Weaver has never played in a regular-season game, but has been in camps or on the practice squads of Miami, Seattle, Dallas and Detroit.

Barnett signed with the Giants on May 13 after an outstanding career at Ohio State. He played in all four games and had two solo tackles and a forced fumble vs. Pittsburgh.

Sebetic was signed on June 3. He played in the first three preseason games but didn’t record a tackle and did not see action last week vs. the Jets.

Harvey was signed by the Giants on April 4. He was briefly with Tennessee last summer. Harvey caught five passes for 68 yards, with a long of 27 yards, in four games this month.

Cunningham joined the Giants on Aug. 5, after injuries to Grimble and fellow tight end Daniel Fells. He played in three games, but did not have a reception.


Sullen was signed by the Giants on July 21, the day Chris Snee announced his retirement. He was a substitute lineman in all four preseason games.

Dawkins was signed by the Giants on June 19. He had one tackle in four games this preseason. Dawkins made his only NFL regular-season appearance for Dallas at New Orleans on Nov. 10, 2013.

McManus was competing with Brown for the kicker’s job. He made both of his field goal attempts – from 47 and 46 yards -- and both of his PAT tries. McManus is currently second in the NFL this preseason with 10 touchbacks. McManus, who was in the Colts’ training camp last year, scored a school-record 338 points at Temple University.