Giants cuts and 53-man roster

The Giants have moved OL Eric Herman and CB Jayron Hosley to the reserved suspended list and have cut DE Israel Idonije, DL Kelcy Quarles, LB Dan Fox, TE Kellen Davis, CB Bennett Jackson, OL Jamaal Johnson-Webb, FB John Conner, QB Curtis Painter, OL Adam Gress and DE Jordan Stanton. The Giants also placed WR Mario Manningham and WR Trindon Holliday on season-ending injured reserves.

The Giants have eight more cuts to make to reach the 53-man roster limit.

Update: 12:45 p.m.: The Giants have released RB Kendall Gaskins.

Update: 4:15 p.m.: Seven more cuts: S Thomas Gordon; OL Rogers Gaines; WR Julian Talley; OT Mark Asper; DB Chandler Fenner; RB Michael Cox; LB Terrell Manning.

The Giants final roster:

Offense (25)
QB (2): Eli Manning, Ryan Nassib
RB (3): Rashad Jennings, Peyton Hillis, Andre Williams
FB (1): Henry Hynoski
WR (6): Victor Cruz, Rueben Randle, Jerrel Jernigan, Odell Beckham Jr., Preston Parker, Corey Washington
TE (3): Larry Donnell, Daniel Fells, Adrien Robinson
OL (10): Will Beatty, Geoff Schwartz, J.D. Walton, Brandon Mosley, Justin Pugh, John Jerry, Weston Richburg, Charles Brown, James Brewer, Dallas Reynolds

Defense (25)
DL (10): Mathias Kiwanuka, Jason Pierre-Paul, Cullen Jenkins, Johnathan Hankins, Robert Ayers Jr., Mike Patterson, Markus Kuhn, Damontre Moore, Jay Bromley, Kerry Wynn
LB (6): Jon Beason, Jameel McClain, Jacquian Williams, Devon Kennard, Spencer Paysinger, Mark Herzlich
DB (9): Prince Amukamara, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Antrel Rolle, Stevie Brown, Walter Thurmond III, Trumaine McBride, Quintin Demps, Nat Berhe, Zack Bowman

Special Teams (3)
Kicker: Josh Brown
Punter: Steve Weatherford
Snapper: Zak DeOssie .

Giants cut QB Painter, Nassib wins backup job

The Giants cut backup quarterback Curtis Painter as they continue to pair down the roster. Painter and last year’s fourth round draft pick Ryan Nassib were involved in a camp battle for the backup quarterback job. Nassib came on late and head coach Tom Coughlin  likes to carry two quarterbacks if possible. Painter spent most of last season as Manning’s backup, but Nassib won the job in preseason.

The Giants need to cut 22 players to get to the 53-man limit by 4 p.m.  Other players cut this morning can be found here


Giants place Manningham, Holliday on IR

The Giants placed former Super Bowl hero Mario Manningham and Trindon Holliday a season-ending injured reserves, likely ending their stay with the Giants (Orr, Aug. 30).

Manningham had two catches this preseason, but a strained calf muscle kept him out of the preseason finale. Manningham has struggled with knee injuries the last two years.

Holliday (hamstring) never really got going as a return specialist and spent most of camp nursing injuries.



Saturday Morning Notes: Cutdown day is upon us

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

The Giants, like every other NFL club, will be reducing their roster from 75 to 53 players by 4pm this afternoon.

Decisions on 20 players will take place over the next few hours. Two roster moves we already know: OL Eric Herman and CB Jayron Hosley will both be placed on the Reserve/Suspended list for violating the NFL’s PED policy. Each will serve a four-game suspension.

The other moves will not come so easily to the front office. The Giants went 5-0 during the preseason due to the depth, talent and strength of their second and third-stringers. Many of those players impressed both fans and the staff.

“You come to the end of preseason and you evaluate where you are,” Head coach Tom Coughlin said on a conference call Friday. “The big thing today is obviously personnel and having to get to the number. There is a lot of work to be done, a lot of tasks that go into this, so you’ll have to accept my apology of putting you off a little bit, but that is where we are.”

Today’s Need to Know

→FB Henry Hynoski has a “contusion” in his shoulder, but Coughlin said he felt much better on Friday. His position appears safe. WR Mario Manningham, who injured a calf in the game vs New England, may have a harder time making the team.

“Anytime you have an injury that occurs at the final hour, it does add another dimension to the selection that perhaps you didn’t want to deal with,” Coughlin said. “I will leave it at that.”

→The Giants will decide what to do with LG Geoff Schwartz (toe), who will miss anywhere from 3-6 weeks. Short-term IR seems to be in his future, but whether or not that happens before or after roster cuts remains to be seen.

→Coughlin said MLB Jon Beason (foot) would be coming off PUP and could return to practice as soon as Monday. CB Prince Amukamara (groin) is also scheduled to resume practicing Monday. OL Brandon Mosley (back) has responded to treatment and could be back on Wednesday.

→The TE position remains wide open and Coughlin has yet to rule out keeping all four players currently in camp.

→The PR position is also still wide open, even though WR Preston Parker has taken most of the reps there this summer. Coughlin called him a “courageous returner” but cited ball security issues. The coach said almost all of the WRs on the roster could be used at the position.

→The starting offense is still a “work in progress” but Coughlin explained the club’s mindset and dedication to making the new system work:

“There are only so many answers. I am very confident we are going to get the passing game straightened around. Have we sat back and flat out thrown the ball in one game? No, we haven’t because we are not going to get away from the run because last year we were so poor in the run game that it ruined our balance and in result, we turned the ball over at ridiculous rates. So that is not going to happen and we wanted to make sure of that throughout the course of the preseason. Perhaps there should have been a time where we did nothing but throw the ball, but that really was not something that I wanted to entertain during this preseason.”

From GEICO SportsNite: Eli Manning discusses how hard the offense is working to execute Ben McAdoo’s scheme this season and says the Giants are ready for Week 1.

Eli Manning expects higher completion percentage this year

Eli Manning is answering questions from fans on Reddit, and someone asked him about his new Offensive Coordinator Ben McAdoo.

“With Ben McAdoo taking over as OC, what changes can we as fans expect to see in the offense this year?” Reddit user yracuse_ asked.

Eli’s answer:

“I would expect to see a higher completion percentage, as well with being able to push the ball down the field and hit some big plays in the passing attack.”

Manning also talked about more important things, such as his smelliest center, he gave out dinner suggestions and that he prefers ‘N Sync over the Backstreet Boys.

Amukamara will return to practice Monday

Prince Amukamara said he has been cleared to return to practice on Monday.

The cornerback said he could have played against the Patriots on Thursday night, but didn’t want to risk it.

Amukamara has been sidelined with a strained groin he suffered during the Colts game on August 16.

Geoff Schwartz

Schwartz likely to short-term IR

Geoff Schwartz will likely be placed on short-term injured reserve (Jones, Aug. 29).

If so, Schwartz would be able to return in Week 9.

Schwartz dislocated his toe in the preseason game against the Jets. He will be in a walking boot for another week, after which he will begin a rehab program, the Giants announced.

“After that, he will be evaluated on a week to week basis regarding his ability to return to football activities,” the team said.

It was previously feared that Schwartz could be lost for the season.

“This is just a minor setback,” Schwartz said in a release. “I plan on attacking the rehab program so I can get back on the field as soon as possible with my teammates and help us win games.”

Mario Manningham

Calf injury hinders Manningham in preseason finale

Wide receiver Mario Manningham may be back with the Giants for a second time, but it may be a short second chance. Manningham was forced to leave Thursday’s preseason finale against the New England Patriots after just four plays with a calf injury (ESPN, August 29).

As final roster cuts must be made by Saturday, Manningham may have hurt his chances at making the 53-man roster as he did little to stand out in his short preseason run.

The 28-year-old suffered an ACL and PCL tear in his left knee in 2012, but said this injury was unrelated.

“I’ll be all right,” Manningham said. “But it was really frustrating being that this was the last preseason game.”

Manningham signed a one-year contract with the Giants in March, who hoped he would fall back into his role as a strong impact player as he was in his first stint with the team.


It’s not all bad news, Giant fans

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

Beating up on the Giants’ starting offense is becoming a parlor game here and although it’s worrisome, it’s also getting tiresome. It’s not all bad at QDTC these days. There are some good things that came out of this camp and preseason, such as….

1. The RBs are beasts. No matter who carries the ball for Big Blue, they are going to give you your money’s worth. Rashad Jennings. Andre Williams and Peyton Hillis are all big, tough, strong bodies that will keep the Giants’ offense afloat until the passing game sorts out their shortcomings.

2. Hey, we got some LBs. Jon Beason (foot) didn’t play a snap in preseason but the LB corp didn’t seem to miss him much. Jameel McClain was a gift in FA this spring and he has been nothing less than solid. Whoever scouted Devon Kennard should get a promotion. He got it right, big time.  Jacquian Williams and Spencer Paysinger are both healthy and played like demons this summer.

3. Damontre Moore. When Moore is on the field, he’s hard to miss. Look for the ball and you will find him. While everyone is focusing on JPP, Damonster (as he is known) will be the one stirring things up on the defense. I’m predicting a double-digit sack season for Moore in 2014.

4. The offensive line. Yes, the Achilles heel of the Giants’ roster. Had Geoff Schwartz not gotten hurt, the Giants’ offensive line would actually be a strength now.  The Giants have practically run the ball at will this summer. They still need to get the protection schemes down, but I’m pleased with how the club has transitioned the line after saying goodbye to David Baas, Kevin Boothe, Chris Snee and David Diehl. Justin Pugh is becoming a solid pro. Has anyone seen Brandon Mosley, JD Walton and Weston Richburg play? No? Maybe these pundits who keep banging on the O-Line should shut up and watch them play for once.

5. Ryan Nassib. The traded up for Nassib in the 2013 draft. What a waste. Uh, wait a minute. A new OC comes through the door and Nassib suddenly blossoms into the Giants’ primary backup. Who would have thought that he would grasp Ben McAdoo’s system faster than Eli Manning would?

6. Who is this Corey Washington and how did the Giants’ get him? The short answer is: who cares, just sit back and enjoy the show. Washington had a breakout summer and has given the Giants depth during the long wait for first round pick Odell Beckham, Jr. to make his Giants’ debut.