A look at the team's current 53-man roster heading into Week 1 vs. Dallas.
Along with 31 other clubs around the NFL, the New York Giants reduced their roster to 53 players on Saturday ahead of the league’s 4 p.m. deadline. Here’s what you need to know:
*The number of quarterbacks on the roster has varied throughout Pat Shurmur’s coaching career. He has been in places where there were two plus a practice squad player. Others had three and a practice squad player. “I’ve been in places where there have been a lot of different situations,” Shurmur said early in training camp as speculation had already begun about how many the Giants would keep this year between two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning, veteran backup Alex Tanney, second-year pro Kyle Lauletta and rookie sixth overall pick Daniel Jones.
Manning and Jones were clear locks, but the competition between Tanney, who was Manning’s primary backup last season, and Lauletta came down to the wire. They got an extended look in the preseason finale, but ultimately the Giants moved on from their 2018 fourth-round draft pick and stuck with Tanney.
*Saquon Barkley, the reigning Offensive Rookie of the Year and NFL yards from scrimmage leader, casts a big shadow, but the competition behind him was in the spotlight this summer, particularly in the preseason finale. Wayne Gallman and Paul Perkins accounted for 18 of the 21 overall carries by running backs while Barkley sat out for the fourth time. In the end, both made the team. The Giants placed former Cowboy Rod Smith (ankle) on injured reserve and waived Jon Hilliman, an undrafted rookie from Rutgers who ran for two touchdowns in the preseason.
*The wide receiver position dominated the talk of training camp, especially early on when Sterling Shepard (thumb), Corey Coleman (torn ACL) and rookie Darius Slayton (hamstring) all went down with injuries. Additionally, Golden Tate was suspended for the first four games for violating the NFL’s policy on performance enhancing substances. He lost his appeal, which meant he cannot be at the facility until Week 5. In the meantime, Cody Latimer and Bennie Fowler showed they can take up the mantle.
“I feel as though they’ve displayed a veteran presence,” Shurmur said a day after the preseason finale. “They have the skill and ability to play their positions, and I’m comfortable with both those players.”
The Giants head into Week 1 with six wide receivers: Sterling Shepard, Russell Shepard, Fowler, Latimer, Slayton and Alonzo Russell, who made a strong closing argument with two touchdowns in the final preseason game, including the walk-off in Foxborough.
*After a strong showing in spring practices, tight end emerged as one of the deepest positions on the roster. Evan Engram and Rhett Ellison – lightning and thunder – returned as the leaders in the room, while Scott Simonson, Garrett Dickerson and C.J. Conrad flashed throughout training camp and into the preseason games. Simonson caught a touchdown from Lauletta in the preseason finale, but a defender fell on his ankle in the end zone. He was placed on injured reserve. Conrad and Jake Powell were waived.
*Nick Gates, Chad Slade and Brian Mihalik won the backup tackle competition and earned roster spots.
*The Giants kept 11 defensive backs: Janoris Jenkins, DeAndre Baker, Jabrill Peppers, Antoine Bethea, Grant Haley, Antonio Hamilton, Michael Thomas, Julian Love, Corey Ballentine, Sean Chandler and Sam Beal, who has missed time with a lingering hamstring injury.
*The claiming period for players placed on waivers at the final roster reduction will expire tomorrow at noon. Upon receipt of the personnel notice at approximately an hour later., clubs may establish a practice squad of 10 players. The Giants open the regular season next Sunday against the Cowboys at AT&T Stadium (4:25 p.m. kickoff).
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