John Fennelly, Lead Writer
The preseason ends Thursday night with the Giants hosting the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium. They will not play another game until the regular season opener on Monday, September 8 vs the Lions in Detroit.
Before then, they must trim their roster down to 53 players which must happen by Saturday at 4 p.m. Yesterday, the Giants made roster decisions on 15 players. S Cooper Taylor (foot) and WR Marcus Harris (shoulder) were placed on IR and will miss the entire 2014 season.
Taylor and Harris were both having breakout training camps and the news that they will miss the season was a hard pill for the Giants to swallow. Two other players were waived/injured: LB Justin Anderson (hamstring) and DE Emmanuel Dieke (knee).
Ten players were waived outright: CB Charles James, CB Ross Weaver, S C.J. Barnett, S Kyle Sebetic, LB Spencer Adkins WR Travis Harvey; TE Xavier Grimble, TE Jerome Cunningham, OL John Sullen and DT Everett Dawkins.
PK Brandon McManus was also due to be waived, but the Giants traded him to the Denver Broncos for an unconditional draft pick instead.
The news on LG Geoff Schwartz (dislocated toe) came back positive yesterday. He will be in a walking boot for 7-10 days and will then begin a rehab program.
The following players did not practice on Tuesday and are not expected to play tomorrow night vs the Patriots: OLs Brandon Mosley (back), James Brewer (back) and Charles Brown (shoulder); DT Marcus Kuhn (ankle); and WRs Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring) and Trindon Holliday (hamstring).
WR Victor Cruz is optimistic, even though the Giants’ starters will play 15-18 snaps on Thursday. Usually the starters do not play in the final week of preseason.
“Just more continuity, ” said Cruz when asked what he feels the offense needs to get out of this game. “Just continue to build on some of the things that we did last week and be able to put things together more. Build off that last drive that we had in the second quarter in the two-minute drill and build off that a little bit. Hopefully we can get that done and look a little more fluid. We felt a little bit better out here today than any other practice this week, so we’ll see how it goes.”
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