Your head is spinning to keep up with the selection moves New York Giants GM Joe Schoen has made over the past few days. You have completely lost track of who is and who is not on the team’s 53-man roster. Let’s help you. Here’s a look at the current 53-man roster and practice squad, as well as the injured reserve and PUP lists, and some updated thoughts on how things are going.
GM Joe Schoen addresses the media around 11 a.m. on Thursday.
Beginner: Daniel Jones
backup: Tyrod Taylor
Practice team: Davis Webb
Webb has approved waivers and is back, which probably makes everyone happy. In retrospect, it should come as no surprise that he was not claimed. He still hasn’t pitched a regular season pass in five NFL seasons, and teams outside of New York and Buffalo are probably not convinced he can be successful without Brian Daboll.
Walk back (4)
Beginner: Saquon Barkley
backups: Matt Breida, Antonio Williams, Gary Brightwell
Practice team: Jashaun Corbin
I’m still mad at myself for not picking Brightwell to make the roster over Corbin in my last 53-man roster projection. There are stories when it comes to the roster, and I think the narrator here was Brightwell being revealed as a kickoff returner in the final preseason game.
Either way, the Giants are probably happy that Corbin approved the waivers. He is an intriguing young player and brings depth to the position.
Tight end (3)
Beginner: Daniel Bellinger
backups: Chris Myarick, Tanner Hudson
Practice team: Austin Allen
Wounded Reserve: Andre Miller (end of season), Ricky Seals-Jones (end of season)
The Giants went through some roster gymnastics on Wednesday. Hudson was one of four incumbent veterans waived when waiver claims were filed. The Giants had to do that because NFL rules dictate that waiver claims were awarded at noon, but players could be placed on IR until 4:00 PM. So Hudson is back. It still feels like the Giants are here looking for possible upgrades.
Wide receiver (7)
Appetizer: Kenny Golladay, Wan’Dale Robinson, Kadarius Toney
backups: Sterling Shepard, David Sills, Richie James, Darius Slayton
Practice team: CJ Board, Jaylon Moore
Injured Reserve: Collin Johnson (end of season)
Yes, Slayton is still a giant. Yes, I still don’t believe he will be a Giant when the team opens the season on September 11 against the Tennessee Titans.
Per Over The Cap, the Giants are a league-worst $5.205 million ABOVE the $208.2 million salary cap. They should fall below that limit next Tuesday, September 6. If you want Slayton on the regular season roster, I wouldn’t celebrate until then.
Trading or cutting Slayton would save the Giants $2.54 million. It won’t quite get them to where they need to be — they’ll have to restructure almost a contract or two — but it still seems like a step they’ll have to make. Even if it makes the selection less talented.
Offensive line (8)
Appetizer: Andrew Thomas (LT), Devery Hamilton (LG), Jon Feliciano (C), Mark Glowinski (RG), Evan Neal (RT)
backups: Joshua Ezeudu, Ben Bredeson, Jack Anderson
Practice team: Max Garcia, Will Holden, Garrett McGhin, Roy Mbaeteka
Wounded Reserve: Shane Lemieux, Marcus McKethan (end of season)
PUP: Nick Gates, Matt Peart
Due to the machinations on the roster, the Giants have one less offensive lineman than on the original 53-man roster. Garcia is now on the exhibition squad rather than on the active roster, and it’s a luxury to have a player there (seven seasons, 93 NFL games, 52 starts).
Anderson is an interesting player and it is possible that he will eventually become the Week 1 starter on the left guard. BBV’s Chris Pflum wrote on Wednesday that Anderson has “good strength and agility, as well as the versatility to back up from the middle position.”
Anderson was a seventh-round pick of the Buffalo Bills in 2021 and played in two games for the Philadelphia Eagles last season. During the preseason, he played 57 snaps at center, 45 at right guard and 42 at left guard for the Eagles. Brandon Lee Gowton of SB Nation’s Eagles website, Bleeding Green Nation, sent this message to Big Blue View on Wednesday after the team claimed Anderson:
“Jack Anderson is a quality pickup for the Giants. Had him making the 53-man roster of the Eagles, just like most other beat writers.
The Giants’ other option on the left guard appears to be Hamilton. He had a good summer, but he’s never played in an NFL game.
Daboll was vague about Lemieux and Ezeudu, who were both injured in the first preseason game.
About Lemieux, Daboll said: “He is quite resilient. Unfortunately, he experienced it once, but he is in a good mood. So he will work again. He is already recovering and he will be back as soon as possible.”
Of Ezeudu, Daboll only said that “he gets better.”
Defense line (5)
Appetizer: Leonard Williams, Dexter Lawrence
backups: Justin Ellis, Nick Williams, DJ Davidson
Practice team: Ryder Anderson
As the Giants clearly expected, the undrafted Anderson cleared waivers. Bringing him back to the practice squad gives them an intriguing young player to try and become a useful part of their defense line.
Appetizer: Azeez Ojulari, Kayvon Thibodeaux
backups: Jihad Ward, Oshane Ximines, Tomon Fox
Practice team: Quincy Rochea
Wounded Reserve: Elerson Smith
I was surprised that Roche approved the waivers. He will not be in the practice squad for 17 games. Either the Giants will take him to their 53, or some other team will have a need and take him out of New York.
Inside defender (6)
Appetizer: Blake Martinez, Tae Crowder
backups: Micah McFadden, Carter Coughlin, Austin Calitro, Cam Brown
Wounded Reserve: Darrian Bevers (end of season)
Calitro was in, out, and in again.
Corner defender (6)
Appetizer: Adoree’ Jackson, Aaron Robinson, Darnay Holmes
backups: Cor’Dale Flott, Justin Layne, Nick McCloud
Practice team: Harrison Hand, Zyon Gilbert, Darren Evans
Wounded Reserve: Rodarius Williams
We knew the Giants thought they were looking for help with the corner support on the spacer cable, and they claimed that Layne and McCloud would add depth. Layne was a 2019 third round pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers who never developed the way the Steelers thought he could.
Here’s his NFL.com pre-2019 draft scouting report:
Rising bump-and-run cornerback with rare size and length who relies on good movement skills to overcome his average long speed. Although he plays with good route recognition, he will allow some separation of breaks, but he is quick to close the throw window and hug. He is not a burner, but he uses his great ball skills to play football on the field. Layne’s traits could suit him in a variety of coverages, but he needs consistent toughness to support the run.
Perhaps defensive coordinator Wink Martindale and defensive back coach Jerome Henderson can unlock talent the Steelers couldn’t reach.
Appetizer: Xavier McKinney, Julian Love
backups: Dane Belton, Jason Pinnock
Practice team: Trenton Thompson, Nate Meadors
Apparently, Schoen reads Big Blue View. Our Nick Falato recommended we take Pinnock away from the New York Jets and so did the Giants.
A note on Tony Jefferson. There are reports of him joining the Giants, and that may be the case. Jefferson even tweeted this on Wednesday night:
At the time of writing, however, nothing has officially happened. Jefferson is not yet on the 53-man roster or on the practice squad on the team’s website.
Special teams (3)
Place kicker: Graham Gano
Punter: Jamie Gillan
Long snapper: Casey Kreiter