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Giants' cuts
13 years ago  ::  Sep 02, 2007 - 10:12PM #1
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September 1, 2007


The Giants today released 21 players, traded running back Ryan Grant to Green Bay for an undisclosed draft choice and placed safety Will Demps on injured reserve to formulate a roster of 52 players, one under the league's 53-man regular season roster limit.

Demps, who started all 17 games last season, dislocated his elbow in a preseason game at Baltimore on Aug. 19.

Those cut included quarterback Tim Hasselbeck, who had been one of Eli Manning⁈⁚s backups the past two seasons; defensive tackle Jonas Seawright, who played in nine games last season; and rookie kicker Josh Huston, who was in a close competition with veteran Lawrence Tynes.

Also released were tight end Charles Davis; wide receivers Brandon London and Kevin McMahan; offensive linemen Justin Jones, Jon Dunn, Ryan Keenan and Matt Lentz; defensive ends Tommy Davis and Marquis Gunn; defensive tackle Tui Alailafaleula; linebackers James Davis and Tyson Smith; cornerbacks Gerrick McPhearson, Darren Barnett and E.J. Underwood; safety J.R. Reed; and punter Cory Ohnesorge.

Another offensive lineman, Todd Londot, was waived injured (neck).

Players presently on the roster who might have been considered longshots at one time during training camp are wide receiver Anthony Mix, safety Craig Dahl and defensive tackle Manny Wright. All eight of the Giants⁈⁚ 2007 draft choices are on the current roster.

Coach Tom Coughlin annually considers the final cutdown one of his toughest days of the year.

⁈Å"It was especially true this year, because I really did enjoy working with this group of young men,⁈  Coughlin said. ⁈Å"There were guys that really went about their business in the right way. They had a good attitude. They worked hard. They certainly represented the New York Giants well throughout the preseason. That always makes it difficult. Then you have a few individuals that have given great effort and spent tremendous time and energy trying to improve themselves. You always recognize when guys are able to make that kind of a commitment to try to be good at their profession. It⁈⁚s always an interesting comparison between those that work and those that don⁈⁚t and I feel strongly about this group.⁈ 

The present 52-man roster, which, as always is subject to change at any time, looks like this:

Offense: 26

Quarterback (3): Eli Manning, Jared Lorenzen, Anthony Wright.

Running Back (4): Brandon Jacobs, Reuben Droughns, Derrick Ward, Ahmad Bradshaw.

Fullback (1): Robert Douglas.

Tight End (3): Jeremy Shockey, Kevin Boss, Michael Matthews.

Wide Receivers (6): Amani Toomer, Plaxico Burress, Sinorice Moss, Steve Smith, David Tyree, Anthony Mix.

Linemen (9): David Diehl, Rich Seubert, Shaun O⁈⁚Hara, Chris Snee, Kareem McKenzie, Zach Piller, Grey Ruegamer, Guy Whimper, Adam Koets.

Defense: 24

Ends (3): Osi Umenyiora, Justin Tuck, Adrian Awasom.

Tackles (5): Fred Robbins, Barry Cofield, *William Joseph, Manny Wright, Jay Alford.

*Joseph also plays end.

Linebackers (7): Antonio Pierce, Kawika Mitchell, Mathias Kiwanuka, Chase Blackburn, Reggie Torbor, Zak DeOssie, Gerris Wilkinson.

Cornerbacks (5): Sam Madison, R.W. McQuarters, Corey Webster, Kevin Dockery, Aaron Ross.

Safeties (4): Gibril Wilson, James Butler, Michael Johnson, Craig Dahl.

Specialists: 2

Punter (1): Jeff Feagles.

Kicker (1): Lawrence Tynes.

The draft choices are Ross, Smith, Alford, DeOssie, Boss, Koets, Johnson and Bradshaw.

Rookie free agents currently on the team include Matthews and Dahl. Mix is a first-year player who previously spent full last season on the Giants⁈⁚ practice squad.

Changes could still be made to the roster before the Giants travel to Dallas next week.

⁈Å"We⁈⁚ll continue to go for (players) as we go through these lists when the cuts come out,⁈  Coughlin said.

The Giants⁈⁚ two dedicated specialists are two fewer than last season when Ryan Kuehl was the snapper and Chad Morton the return man. Kuehl (calf) is on injured reserve and Morton was released in the offseason. Alford is the short snapper for field goals and extra points and DeOssie is the long snapper for punts. In the preseason, Bradshaw was the team⁈⁚s leading kickoff returner and McQuarters the top punt returner.

The process of trimming the roster was complicated by people who are injured and might not be unavailable. Tyree had wrist surgery this week and is expected to miss at least a month. Douglas (knee), Madison (hamstring), Ruegamer (ankle) and Wilkinson (knee) have been sidelined.

⁈Å"Whenever you cut down to the final roster and you have a certain number of guys that can⁈⁚t work, that is always a problem,⁈  Coughlin said. ⁈Å"It has to be adjusted with your practice squad. There⁈⁚s always a give-and-take there, because you have to make sure you can practice.⁈ 

Coughlin spoke about other issues and decisions regarding the final cut:

*On placing Demps on IR:

⁈Å"We thought the improvement of those two young kids in the secondary (Johnson and Dahl) had warranted that they have the opportunity to stay. Dahl played well the other night (in the preseason finale at New England) in a convincing fashion. It was not just the interception ⁈“ he had five tackles in the game, played on special teams and did a good job that way. Michael Johnson had the same kind of response the week before. It⁈⁚s just a shame he didn⁈⁚t get to play the other night (because of a hamstring injury). He had the same kind of performance the week before, which was an eye-opener for us. We think both guys will be good on special teams.⁈ 

*On Matthews:

⁈Å"Michael Matthews is a guy who came into a situation where we really are in need of depth at that position. He⁈⁚s demonstrated the ability to play not only tight end, but the move tight end, plus he can take snaps at fullback as well. He⁈⁚s made himself a versatile player and we⁈⁚ve been able to take advantage of that. Plus, he plays special teams. So he finds himself in a number of spots here at the end, and the more-you-can-do theory comes to point.⁈ 

*On choosing Anthony Wright over Hasselbeck as the third quarterback:

⁈Å"Anytime you have a guy the quality of Tim Hasselbeck, it⁈⁚s a difficult decision to make. He brings so much to the locker room. He⁈⁚s a solid, solid character young man. He⁈⁚s a guy you really admire for the way he goes to work. He⁈⁚s been a big plus in the quarterback meeting room with Eli and done a great job with that.⁈ 

*On keeping all eight draft choices.

⁈Å"They run and they contribute on special teams. That⁈⁚s been their forte. They⁈⁚ve also found ways to help us in other ways ⁈“ long snap, short snap, kick returner - you name it.⁈ 

The only thing I'm surprised about is Josh Huston being cut. I thought he was pretty impressive in the pre-season.

13 years ago  ::  Sep 02, 2007 - 10:19PM #2
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QB Anthony Wright, wasn't he with Dallas?

pretty fast out of the pocket?

13 years ago  ::  Sep 02, 2007 - 10:45PM #3
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yeah he looked pretty descent in the pre season. great backup for Eli imo
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