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.