EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – With training camp and the preseason now behind them, Brian Daboll, his assistant coaches and the Giants' front office face a tsunami of decisions the next few days regarding the team's roster.
The Giants' current collection of 80 players must be reduced to 53 by 4 p.m. Tuesday. That will begin a process that will almost certainly include additions via the waiver wire and then more cuts after they go through the list of players released by the other 31 teams. Several players who spent the summer elsewhere could be on the roster when the Giants open their regular season on Sept. 11 in Tennessee.
"I told everybody I appreciate all their efforts," said Daboll, whose team finished the preseason 2-1 after a 31-27 loss to the Jets in MetLife Stadium. "This is a tough time for players. It's also a tough time for coaches, for equipment staff, for trainers, for video, for cafeteria workers that have built relationships with players that have been here since April or whatever it may be. And you build relationships, and when someone doesn't make it, again, you're empathetic towards that. But that's the business we live in. And I'm glad everybody put their best foot forward."
View photos from the preseason finale between the Giants and Jets at MetLife Stadium.
What will the process be in deciding which 27 players will be removed from the roster?
"I'll watch the game," Daboll said. "And then, I'm sure we'll have conversations (with general manager Joe Schoen) tonight. We'll meet in the morning. We'll meet again in the morning. We'll meet again in the morning. And then, we'll meet in the afternoon. There will be a lot of meetings."
Those conversations will likely be impacted by what occurred on the field Sunday. The Giants played the game with primarily second and third teamers who will be discussed in detail over the next two days.
The Giants' offensive starters were quarterback Tyrod Taylor, running back Matt Breida, wide receivers Kenny Golladay, Wan'Dale Robinson and David Sills, tight end Daniel Bellinger and offensive linemen – from left to right tackle - Devery Hamilton, Jamil Douglas, Jon Feliciano, Max Garcia and Will Holden. Golladay, Bellinger and Feliciano are the only three listed as first teamers on the depth chart.
Defensively, the Giants' starters were linemen Justin Ellis, Jalyn Holmes and Nick Williams, inside linebackers Blake Martinez and Tae Crowder, outside backers Oshane Ximines and Jihad Ward, cornerbacks Aaron Robinson and Cor'Dale Flott, and safeties Nate Meadors and Trenton Thompson. Martinez, Crowder and Robinson are the only listed starters in that group.
"We took a look at some of their play time in practice and some of their play time in the games," Daboll said. "Some we just decided to not play. It was a case-by-case basis, and we did what we thought was best for the team."
Golladay was targeted just once and did not catch a pass. He finished the preseason with one reception for six yards.
"He's done a good job with what we've asked him to do," Daboll said. "He's competed. And he's played multiple spots for us. He's continuing to learn our offense. I think he's done a good job of learning it. I know numbers and catches and all that, I've got all that, but he's done what we've asked him to do."
Kadarius Toney did not play because he "wasn't (physically) ready to go," Daboll said. Toney did not play a down in the preseason.
Darius Slayton, who was questionable entering the game, was one of nine receivers who did play, but joined Golladay as the only two who did not have a catch.
"We're playing all the receivers," Daboll said. "I said it's a competitive group, so they're out there competing."
Slayton played in two of the three preseason games and had one 17-yard reception. He was asked what he thinks will happen in the next 48 hours.
"I don't know," Slayton said. "It's kind of like my fourth time doing this. I don't know. I don't really stress about it too much. At the end of the day, if it's meant for me to be here, I'll be here. If it's not, I won't.
"I definitely think throughout camp I made plays, for sure. I think I showed up in some spots, showed some flashes and, hopefully, it was enough."
For the second straight game, Alex Bachman led the Giants in receptions, this time with six. But they gained only 27 yards. Rookie tight end Austin Allen caught the team's only touchdown reception, an 18-yarder from Davis Webb that gave the Giants a 24-17 lead early in the fourth quarter.
After the Jets tied the score, newly-signed Ryan Santoso – who was the team's kicker because Graham Gano is sidelined with a concussion – put the Giants ahead with a 49-yard field goal. But Chris Streveler threw a five-yard touchdown pass to Calvin Jackson with 22 seconds remaining to give the Jets the victory.
*Taylor (back), Bellinger (concussion) and defensive lineman Jayln Holmes (concussion) all left the game.
*The game captains were Casey Kreiter and Cam Brown.
*The following Giants did not play in the game: quarterback Daniel Jones; running back Saquon Barkley; wide receivers Sterling Shepard, Kadarius Toney and C.J. Board; offensive linemen Andrew Thomas, Evan Neal, Mark Glowinski, Shane Lemieux, Ben Bredeson, Johsua Ezeudu, Garrett McGhin and Roy Mbaeteka; defensive linemen Dexter Lawrence and Leonard Williams; defensive ends Azeez Ojulari and Elerson Smith; outside linebacker Kayvon Thibodeaux; cornerbacks Adoree' Jackson, Darnay Holmes and Rodarius Williams; safeties Xavier McKinney, Julian Love and Dane Belton; and kicker Graham Gano.
*The Giants lost to the Jets for the second straight summer and trail in the preseason series, 27-25-1.