The New York Giants underwent the painstaking task of reducing their roster from 89 players down to 53 on Saturday and there were no shortage of surprises.
Five players were placed on injured reserve, effectively ending their seasons. Linebacker Jonathan Anderson (knee), rookie offensive tackle George Asafo-Adjei (concussion), wide receiver Brittan Golden (calf), tight end Scott Simonson (ankle) and running back Rod Smith (adductor) will spend 2019 on the sidelines.
Surprisingly waived were second-year quarterback Kyle Lauletta, undrafted rookie tight end C.J. Conrad and veteran defensive tackle John Jenkins. Long Island natives James O’Hagan and Jake Carlock and OT Chad Wheeler, a starter last year was waived/injured with a back injury.
Here’s a quick rundown of the Giants’ 53-man roster
QB (3): Eli Manning, Daniel Jones (R), Alex Tanney — The first two were no-brainers but why on God’s green earth did the Giants waste a roster spot on Tanney? They could have cut him and let him sit at home until they needed him. Plus, Lauletta clearly outplayed him this summer. A mystery.
RB (4): Saquon Barkley, Wayne Gallman, Jr., Paul Perkins, Eli Penny — No issues here, except if Barkley gets hurt, they’re in trouble. Hilliman could end up on the practice squad.
WR: (6): Sterling Shepard, Bennie Fowler III, Russell Shepard, Cody Latimer, Darius Slayton (R), Alonzo Russell — Golden Tate will be back Week 5. Until then, this is your group. They kept the best six, in my opinion.
TE (3): Evan Engram, Rhett Ellison, Garrett Dickerson — With Simonson on IR it came down to Dickerson and Conrad and Dickerson has more value at this point in time. Excellent special teamer.
C/G (4): Will Hernandez, Kevin Zeitler, Jon Halapio, Spencer Pulley — No surprises here. Both Halapio and Pulley can play guard if needed.
T (5): Nate Solder, Mike Remmers, Nick Gates, Chad Slade, Brian Mihalik — Not a great group and I suspect they will continue to keep their ears to the ground for depth and upgrades. Gates deserved to make it as did Slade and Mihalik. Gates can play guard as well.
DL (5): Dalvin Tomlinson, B.J. Hill, Dexter Lawrence II (R), Olsen Pierre, RJ McIntosh — Nice young core here. No issues unless they don’t get the job done.
OLB (4): Kareem Martin, Lorenzo Carter, Markus Golden, Oshane Ximines (R) — No surprises again here. This group better bring down some QBs this season or they’ll be hell to pay.
ILB (5): Alec Ogletree, Tae Davis, Ryan Connelly (R), B.J. Goodson, Nate Stupar — Huge issues here. Goodson was probably shopped and no one wanted him. He’s a liability in the passing game. I would have kept Josiah Tauaefa, who could end up on the practice squad if another team doesn’t grab him. Let’s hope Stupar never has to play on defense. Special teams only for him, please.
DB (11) Janoris Jenkins, DeAndre Baker (R), Jabrill Peppers, Antoine Bethea, Grant Haley, Antonio Hamilton, Michael Thomas, Julian Love (R), Corey Ballentine (R), Sean Chandler, Sam Beal — Only surprise here is Beal not being placed on IR, which was a possibility. Let’s see how this group melds together. Big things are expected.
K: Aldrick Rosas, P: Riley Dixon, S: Zak DeOssie — The Giants tried to upgrade over Dixon and found that he was their best option. DeOssie could be in his last season but again, he’s still one of the best in the league at his job.