– by Alexander George
With the last preseason game played last Thursday against the New England Patriots, some New York Giants players had one last opportunity to impress their coaches to the point where they would assure a roster spot for the 2018 season.
Listed below are the projected 53 Giants players who will be on the roster starting on Week 1 of the NFL season against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Quarterbacks (3): Eli Manning, Davis Webb, Kyle Lauletta.
Despite the late game touchdown by Alex Tanney (13 for 23 92yds 1TD) in the Patriots game, Tanney is clearly the journeyman quarterback who was acquired by the Giants only to give rookie quarterback Kyle Lauletta some competition for making the team.
Running Backs (4): Saquon Barkley, Wayne Gallman, Jonathon Stewart, Jhurell Pressley
Jhurell Pressley (12 ATT for 71 yards in the Jets game & 7 ATT for 40 yards in the Patriots game) rushes for over 5 1/2 yards per carry again! He is the player who will edge out Jalen Simmons and Robert Martin for that fourth and last running back slot on the team .
Tight Ends/Fullback(FB) (4) : Evan Engram, Rhett Ellison, Jerell Adams, Shane Smith (FB).
Engram and Ellison are household names that are going to be critical in Shurmer’s offensive game plan; so both them are not going anywhere. Shane Smith will be used as that extra fullback on occasion to help with the offensive line, in particular the right side. That leaves either Jerrel Adams or Scott Simonson to fill that last spot as Dickerson and O’Malley are complete no-shows in the pre-season. Give the edge to Adams who is more familiar with the Giants organization and has had a better pre-season up.to this point. Scott Simonson may be on the Giants practice squad.
Wide Receivers (6): Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, Cody Latimer, Russel Shepard, Hunter Sharp, Kalif Raymond.
Considering that the Giants will feature a lot of two tight end sets (Engram and Ellison), they do not need more than four potential receivers with Kalif Raymond and Hunter Sharp, who is probably guaranteed a spot on the roster with the 55 yard punt return touchdown against the Jets, relegated to special team duties.
Offensive Lineman (8): Nate Solder, Will Hernandez, Jon Halapio, Patrick Omameh, Ereck Flowers, Chad Wheeler, John Greco, John Jerry.
Once Brett Jones was traded to the Vikings, both John Greco and John Jerry would remain on the team as potential back – up guards or centers. Victor Salako and Nick Becton probably end up on the practice squad.
Defensive Linemen (6): Damon Harrison, Dalvin Tomlinson, B.J. Hill, Kerry Wynn, Robert Thomas, A.J. Francis.
No surprises here as the group of players mentioned here have done the best in training camp and preseason games than anyone else as a lineman. Only question is whether Josh Mauro would bump someone from the defensive line to the practice squad after he serves his four game suspension.
Linebackers (9): B.J. Goodson, Alec Ogletree, Olivier Vernon, Kareem Martin, Mark Herzlich, Ray-Ray Armstrong, Connor Barwin, Lorenzo Carter, Romeo Okwara.
Avery Moss (14 tackles, 0 sacks, 1 forced fumble in 2017 season) will be the odd man out due to his under utilized performance in the pre-season as well as a lackluster 2017 season as well. He also will be a salary cap casualty with an undisclosed injury lingering since mini-camp as well.
Cornerbacks (5): Janoris Jenkins, Eli Apple, B.W. Webb, Grant Haley, Donte Deayon
Donte Deayon’s 2 interceptions against the Patriots all but guaranteed. Leonard Johnson’s blown coverage of the edge, in which Patriots quarterback Danny Etling was able to score the winning 86 yard touchdown on a naked bootleg, all but assures a Metlife departure on the New Jersey Turnpike .
Safeties (5): Landon Collins, Curtis Riley, Michael Thomas, William Gay, Andrew Adams.
Darian Thompson’s roster spots gets stolen by Andrew Adams. With only 13 tackles and 1 INT in Thompson’s career as a New York Giant, the organization would probably consider cutting him thereby getting a savings on more than half of his salary. Any chance of Adams not making the team vanished when Orion Stewart botched a major play, the aforementioned 86 yard naked bootleg, resulting in a game winning touchdown for the Patriots. Steward will be keeping company with Johnson on the NJ Turnpike later today.
Special Teams (3) – Aldrick Rosas, Riley Dixon, Zak DeOssie
No surprises here as two of the three special team positions were established early on in training camp. Once it was realized that the Giants organization would not bring in a veteran kicker to give Rosas competition for the kicking job, it was his opportunity to keep his old job. Rosas went 6 for 6 in the pre-season with a career long 55 yards. Place kicker Marshall Koehn will have to pack his bags after tonight’s game against the Patriots.
After they get initially cut later today, these are the projected 10 players who will make it on the practice squad.
Practice Squad – (OL) Nick Becton, (C) Evan Brown, (S) Sean Chandler, (LB) Tae Davis, (WR) Amba Etta-Tawo, (CB) Chris Lewis – Harris, (WR) Alanzo Russell, (OT) Victor Salako, (TE) Scott Simonson, (RB) Jalen Simmons
The most notes player on this list is Amba Etta-Tawo who scored that 41 yard touchdown reception thrown by Kyle Lauletta in the Patriot game.
The final 53 man roster will be presented by the Giants organization today at 4:00pm EST.