EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – A busy day of transactions left the Giants with their initial 53-man roster for the 2023 season, the composition of which could change as soon as Wednesday.
The Giants waived 15 players and terminated the contracts of six vested veterans. Tight end Tommy Sweeney was placed on the reserve/non-football list (NFI). And wide receiver Wan'Dale Robinson was activated off the physically unable to perform list (PUP) after he passed his physical.
Robinson's rookie season ended when he tore his ACL against Detroit last Nov. 20, a game in which he had season high totals of nine catches for 100 yards. He had previously injured his knee in the season-opening victory in Tennessee and missed the next four games. Robinson finished his debut season with six games, including starts in his last three contests, and 23 receptions for 227 yards and one touchdown.
Third-year cornerback Aaron Robinson was moved from active/PUP to reserve/PUP and must miss at least the first four games of the season. The team's third-round draft choice in 2021, Robinson was limited to two games last season because he had his appendix removed and tore his ACL.
Coach Brian Daboll spoke to the media before the moves became official at 4 p.m. and said "I'd say the roster is fluid" to deflect inquiries that sought more specificity.
"Long couple of days here, obviously made some cuts," Daboll said. "I'm not going to talk about who was released today. It's kind of still a fluid situation right now, so really all-encompassing - the roster, whether it's the practice squad, who we have so that's really more for tomorrow."
View photos of the New York Giants' 2023 roster as it currently stands.
The players waived were quarterback Tommy DeVito, who played most of the Giants' preseason snaps; running back Jashaun Corbin; wide receiver Kalil Pimpleton; tight end Ryan Jones; tackle Tyre Phillips; defensive tackles Ryder Anderson and Kobe Smith; defensive end Habakkuk Baldonado; linebackers Darrian Beavers, Tomon Fox, Ray Wilborn and Dyontae Johnson; cornerback Gemon Green; safety Alex Cook; and long snapper Cameron Lyons.
Waived players have less than four years of credited NFL service and are subject to the league's claiming system (if claimed, they must report to that team).
Those whose contracts were terminated were linebacker Oshane Ximines, wide receivers Jamison Crowder, Cole Beasley and David Sills, cornerback Amani Oruwariye, and center Sean Harlow.
Vested veterans are players with four years or more of credited service. They can sign with any team.
The deadline for teams to submit claims on any waived players is noon tomorrow. An hour later, teams will be informed of any players they have been awarded under the waiver system. Any team adding a player or players must remove the corresponding number of players from its roster and notify the league within 60 minutes.
The next significant transaction deadline is 6 p.m. Wednesday, the deadline for teams to submit 16-player practice squads to the league.
Ximines was the Giants' third-round draft choice in 2019, No. 95th overall. In four seasons, he played in 45 regular-season games with nine starts and totaled 65 tackles (34 solo), 6.5 sacks, nine tackles for loss, 22 quarterback hits, six passes defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. In 2022, he played in 15 regular-season games with four starts and played in both Giants postseason games. He tied his career high with 24 tackles (15 solo) and had 2.0 sacks and three tackles for loss.
Sills had been with the Giants since he joined their practice squad four years ago and played in his first regular-season game in 2021. In two years, Sills played in 13 games with six starts and caught 13 passes for 123 yards, with a long reception of 24 yards. In the just-concluded preseason, he led the Giants with eight catches for 117 yards, including a 30-yard touchdown in the final minute against the Jets on Saturday night.
Crowder, a nine-year veteran, and Beasley, a 12-year pro, joined the Giants on March 23 and July 21, respectively. In the preseason, Crowder caught six passes and Beasley four, but both players missed time with leg injuries.
DeVito, a former star at nearby Don Bosco High School, is a rookie free agent from Illinois. In the preseason, he completed 43 of 64 passes (67.2%) for 453 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Daboll consistently praised him, but DeVito had no chance to elevate himself over Daniel Jones and Tyrod Taylor.
Phillips played in 12 games for the 2022 Giants, starting four games at right tackle when Evan Neal was sidelined with a knee injury and the season finale at left tackle. He was competing for the backup/swing tackle position, but Matt Peart currently fills that role.
Anderson played in seven games with two starts in 2022, his first NFL action, after signing with the Giants as a rookie free agent. He has not practiced since injuring his triceps on Aug. 3.
Beavers, a sixth-round draft choice in 2022, was competing for a starting job as a rookie before tearing his ACL in a preseason game vs. Cincinnati. Defensive coordinator Wink Martindale said last week that fellow second-year Micah McFadden was running ahead of Beavers at the weak inside linebacker position, and last week's trade for Isaiah Simmons created a crowd at the position.
Fox made the 2022 roster as a rookie free agent from North Carolina. He played in 16 regular-season games with one start and played in both Giants postseason games and totaled 23 tackles (14 solo), three tackles for loss, 1.0 sack and one quarterback hit.
Corbin and Pimpleton spent the entire 2022 season on the Giants' practice squad after signing as undrafted rookies (Pimpleton was first in training camp with the Detroit Lions). Corbin rushed for 51 yards on 15 carries and Pimpleton had four receptions for 33 yards in the preseason.
Oruwariye signed with the Giants in March after spending his first four NFL seasons with the Lions.
Harlow, who played in 33 regular-season games with eight starts for Atlanta from 2019-22, joined the Giants on Aug. 1.
Sweeney joined the Giants as a free agent on March 23 after spending four seasons with the Buffalo Bills. He played in 24 regular-season games with four starts for Buffalo and had 18 receptions for 165 yards (9.2-yard avg.) and one touchdown.
Wilborn was awarded to the Giants off waivers on Aug. 15, one day after he was released by the Denver Broncos, for who he played two games last season.
Baldonado, Jones, Green, Johnson, Smith, Cook and Lyons were all rookie free agents.
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