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Roster Recap: Notes, surprises & competitions won


Ahead of Tuesday's 4 p.m. deadline, all 32 NFL clubs reduced their rosters to the regular-season limit of 53 players.

It is always important to note at this time of year that these are by no means "final" rosters. Building a team is a year-round process that will continue in the coming days and weeks.

With that said, the 53 men currently on the Giants' roster as of 4 p.m. today are largely the group that will take the field in 12 days against the Denver Broncos. It is a culmination of months spent scouting, acquiring, and developing players to field the best team possible.

View photos of the New York Giants' active 53-man roster as it currently stands.

Below are some notes and observations on the Giants' roster:

Number of players by position

  • Quarterbacks: 2
  • Offensive linemen: 8
  • Running backs: 5
  • Wide receivers: 7
  • Tight ends: 3
  • Defensive linemen: 5
  • Defensive backs: 11
  • Linebackers: 10
  • Specialists: 2

Offensive line moves

General manager Dave Gettleman, who made headlines back in April for his draft trades, continues to make deals. On Monday, the Giants acquired interior offensive lineman Billy Price, a former first-round draft choice, from the Cincinnati Bengals in exchange for defensive lineman B.J. Hill and a 2022 conditional seventh-round draft choice. Last Thursday, they traded kicker Ryan Santoso to the Carolina Panthers for a conditional 2022 seventh-round draft choice.

Price, 6-4 and 310 pounds, was selected 21st overall in the 2018 NFL Draft. In three seasons, he played in 42 games with 19 starts (11 at center, seven at left guard and one at right guard. As a rookie in 2018, Price started at center in all 10 games in which he played. He was named to the All-Rookie team by Professional Football Writers of America. His college resume includes Ohio State records for both starts and consecutive starts.

The Giants weren't done there.

On Tuesday, they traded with the Baltimore Ravens for Ben Bredeson, another interior player drafted in the fourth round in 2020. In exchange for a 2022 fourth-round draft choice, the Giants acquired Bredeson, a 2022 fifth-round selection, and a 2023 seventh-round choice. According to's Michael Eisen, the Giants have engineered eight trades this year (21 since Gettleman was named general manager in December 2017).

Injury designations

Wide receivers Alex Bachman and Austin Mack were waived/injured. Veteran guard Ted Larsen, who signed with the team on Aug. 13, suffered a knee injury in Sunday's preseason finally and was placed on injured reserve.

No cuts among draft class

There were no cuts among the Giants' six-man draft class. Rookie cornerback Aaron Robinson, the Giants' third-round pick, remains on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list.

QB room

After Colt McCoy served in the role last season, Mike Glennon will back up quarterback Daniel Jones. Glennon, a former third-round draft choice by the Buccaneers, has appeared in 34 games and made 27 starts throughout his nine-year career. In three preseason games, Glennon completed 22 of 37 passes for 253 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions.

"We just liked Mike from knowing the league," Judge said this summer. "He had history, obviously, some experience playing a lot of games in this league. He's had some production along the way. He's got physical tools (Glennon is 6-7 and 220 pounds) that we think will fit into our system very well. We like his demeanor and his mentality as far as coming on in. We obviously looked at a lot of quarterbacks this offseason. He was a guy that was available and a fit for us."

Brian Lewerke, who took over third-string duties after Clayton Thorson (concussion) was waived/injured two weeks ago, was released. Lewerke was twice with the New England Patriots in the spring and summer in 2020, when he was released for a second time at the end of training camp on Sept. 5.

WR competition

By nature, the wide receiver competition tends to be the most visible during any training camp. David Sills V was in the running for a spot in the pecking order after he made some impressive plays throughout camp, which he carried over to the preseason. In the opener, which was his first game since the 2019 preseason after an injury caused him to miss all of 2020, Sills pulled in a 37-yard pass. He followed up with a later touchdown a week later in Cleveland. However, he did not make the initial 53-man roster. Matt Cole, who also made headlines by doubling as a cornerback and special teams contributor in the preseason, was waived. The team also released Damion Wills, leaving them with seven receivers: Kenny Golladay, Sterling Shepard, rookie Kadarius Toney, Darius Slayton, John Ross, Dante Pettis, and C.J. Board.

RB depth

With Saquon Barkley limited this summer, the Giants got an extended look at their backfield depth. Judge said they will not have a decision on him for the Sept. 12 opener until next week. In addition to Barkley, the Giants will move ahead with running backs Devontae Booker and Gary Brightwell, a rookie sixth-round pick who came on strong down the stretch this summer. The Giants also kept two fullbacks on the roster in Cullen Gillaspia and Eli Penny, who showed his versatility in the preseason with the ball in his hands. Corey Clement, a former Eagle who signed with the Giants this offseason, did not make the cut.

Waivers & practice squad

Just because a player didn't make the 53-man roster doesn't mean he will never wear a Giants uniform again – and vice versa. All 32 teams have until 4 p.m. to claim players placed on waivers at the final roster reduction deadline.

Meanwhile, clubs may establish a practice squad starting Sept. 1. The practice squad consists of 12 players in 2021 and will increase to 14 players in 2022. According to the Collective Bargaining Agreement, players with no accrued seasons and those with fewer than nine regular-season games in their lone accrued season are eligible for the practice squad. Teams can also have a maximum of four players who have earned no more than two accrued seasons. The new CBA also allows for two players with unlimited accrued seasons on the practice squad; this number increases to four players beginning in 2022.

View photos of the New York Giants' active 53-man roster as it currently stands.

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