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How the roster was built: Notes & competitions won

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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 Tennessee Titans. 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' 2022 roster as it currently stands.

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

Players by position

Offense (25)

QB (2): Daniel Jones, Tyrod Taylor

RB/FB (5): Saquon Barkley, Matt Breida, Gary Brightwell, Antonio Williams, Chris Myarick

WR: (7): Sterling Shepard, Kenny Golladay, Darius Slayton, Kadarius Toney, Wan'Dale Robinson, Richie James, David Sills

TE (2): David Bellinger, Tanner Hudson

OL (9): Andrew Thomas, Mark Glowinski, Jon Feliciano, Shane Lemieux, Evan Neal, Ben Bredeson, Joshua Ezeudu, Max Garcia, Devery Hamilton

Defense (25)

DL (5): Dexter Lawrence, Leonard Williams, Justin Ellis, D.J. Davidson, Nick Williams

OLB (6): Kayvon Thibodeaux, Oshane Ximines, Azeez Ojulari, Elerson Smith, Jihad Ward, Tomon Fox

ILB (6): Blake Martinez, Micah McFadden, Tae Crowder, Cam Brown, Carter Coughlin, Austin Calitro

CB (5): Adoree' Jackson, Darnay Holmes, Aaron Robinson, Rodarius Williams, Cor'Dale Flott

S (3): Xavier McKinney, Julian Love, Dane Belton

Special Teams (3)

K: Graham Gano

P: Jamie Gillan

S: Casey Kreiter

Rookie class

None of the Giants' 11 draft picks were released. Two are currently on injured reserve: inside linebacker Darrian Beavers and offensive lineman Marcus McKethan. In addition, outside linebacker Tomon Fox was the lone undrafted rookie to make the roster. Fox, who stopped Cincinnati's Trenton Irwin in his tracks to force a game-sealing fumble in the second preseason game, played in 60 games with 47 starts at North Carolina. He ranks third in program history with 29.5 career sacks and sixth with 42 tackles for loss.

Wide receiver room

It's one thing to sweat out a roster spot. It's another to be a factor when the regular season rolls around. Daboll believed the Giants had a handful of receivers in the latter boat this summer.

"I would just say [it's about finding] the five best or six best player or seven best, however many we're going to keep," Daboll said during the preseason. "The guys that have been out there and producing, Collin Johnson, David Sills, they've stepped their game up. And they're right in the mix, not just to make a team but to play. So again, like I said, everybody's got to earn their job, earn their role, do a good job of the things they need to do, and make the most of their opportunities when they get them."

In the end, the Giants kept seven receivers, and Sills was one of them. Originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Bills in 2019, when Daboll was their offensive coordinator and Joe Schoen the assistant general manager, Sills had yet to make an opening week roster. He was released at the end of the summer in 2019 (by the Bills) and 2021 (by the Giants), and spent the entire 2020 season on injured reserve after fracturing his foot in Giants training camp.

Johnson was placed on injured reserve last week with a torn Achilles tendon.

Giants keep 2 quarterbacks

Leading up to the preseason finale, Daboll said he would be open to keeping three quarterbacks on the roster. Third-stringer Davis Webb, who was behind Daniel Jones and Tyrod Taylor, certainly made his case with what he called his best preseason to date. In three preseason games, Webb threw 81 passes, or 19 more than the combined total of Jones (26) and Taylor (36). He completed 60 (74.1%) for 457 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. However, the Giants elected to keep just two quarterbacks. Webb spent the last two seasons on Bills' practice squad under Daboll.

Calitro picks off roster spot

Inside linebacker Austin Calitro went from last-minute training camp addition to a member of the 53-man roster in just over a month. He did so with an impressive preseason, which included three takeaways. After grabbing an interception in New England, Calitro recovered a fumble and had a pick-six in the finale against the Jets. He also added a tackle for loss, for good measure, in that game. Calitro has played in 47 games with nine starts for the Seahawks (2018), Jaguars (2019), Broncos (2020), and Bengals (2021).

Waiver period begins

The claiming period for players placed on waivers at the final roster reduction expires at noon Wednesday. The Giants will practice on Thursday before having off Friday through Sunday. The team returns to the practice field on Labor Day, meaning time will be short to acclimate any new faces that join the team prior to the opener in Tennessee on September 11.

So, will the Giants be active on the waiver wire?

"I think that's a really good question for Joe [Schoen]," Daboll said Monday. "I'll try to answer it the best I can. I think that we're open to really improving our team in any way we can. Whether that's active in those areas, we're looking to improve however we can. I think Joe and his staff, we've been meeting all morning on different things. They've been doing a really good job of their communication, talking to the coaches and looking at different players to evaluate. I think Joe is open for business."

Practice squad candidates

Starting Wednesday, clubs may establish a practice squad of 16 players. In other words, a lot of the names released today will be seen again in a Giants uniform.

International notes

Running back Sandro Platzgummer, an Austrian who signed with the Giants in 2020 as part of the NFL's International Player Pathway Program, has an exempt roster spot. Meanwhile, offensive tackle Roy Mbaeteka, a Nigerian discovered by Osi Umenyiora, was waived.

View photos of every move made by the Giants during the 2022 offseason.

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