Giants cut four, sign five

The Giants released QB Rusty Smith, linebacker Allen Bradford, cornerback Junior Mertile and punter Jordan Gay.

On the flip side, the Giants signed defensive tackles Kelcy Quarles of South Carolina and Eathyn Manumaleuna of BYU, defensive end Kerry Wynn of Richmond, linebacker Justin Anderson of Louisiana-Lafayette and safety Thomas Gordon of Michigan.

From the Giants: 

Quarles, 6-3 and 297 pounds, played in 35 games with 28 starts in three seasons at South Carolina. His career totals include 105 tackles (66 solo) with 13.0 sacks for minus-111 yards, 23.5 stops for losses of 147 yards and eight quarterback pressures. In 2013, he played in 11 games and led the Gamecocks with 9.5 sacks – 6.5 more than teammate Jadeveon Clowney, the first overall selection in the draft. He had 39 tackles (27 solo) and was a unanimous first-team All-Southeastern Conference choice. Quarles attended Greenwood (S.C.) High School, where he earned second-team all-state honors.

Manumaleuna, 6-2 and 305 pounds, played in a BYU-record 54 games in his career. He played both nose tackle and defensive end and started every game at nose tackle as a true freshman in 2007. He did not play in 2008-09 while on a mission. Manumaleuna finished his career with 144 tackles, 17 for losses and 6.5 sacks. He played in four games in 2012 before suffering a knee injury and was granted a medical redshirt year and returned in 2013 to start all 13 games. He recorded 48 tackles (23 solo), including 7.0 for losses and a sack, as a senior.

Wynn, 6-5 and 270 pounds, played in 32 games with 30 starts at Richmond. His career totals include 145 tackles, 22.5 tackles for losses and 12.5 sacks. In 2013, Wynn started all 10 games in which he played and finished with 56 tackles, 5.5 tackles for losses and 2.5 sacks. He was named to the Colonial Athletic Association’s third team. Wynn starred at Louis County High School in Virginia.

Anderson, 6-2 and 232 pounds, recorded 294 tackles (166 solo) and 3.5 sacks during his four-year tenure at Louisiana-Lafayette. He led the Ragin’ Cajuns in tackles each of the last two years, with 98 as a junior and 132 in his senior season. He was also second on the team in tackles for loss with 11 and had one interception, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

Gordon, 5-11 and 210 pounds, played in 46 games with 38 starts at Michigan. The four-time letterman was credited with 220 tackles (128 solo), three sacks, six interceptions and six pass defenses. In 2013, he played in 11 games and had 49 tackles (28 solo) and a career-high three interceptions. He played at Cass Technical High School in Detroit.





50 comments
Boozer32
Boozer32

Beverly is garbage and he can't score a lick. I would rather just go with Grant and let him learn on the job. Paying Beverly anything over 10 million for 2 years is a crime. Look somewhere else Phil.

jojo2218
jojo2218

but lets offer these guys some contracts cus players aare coming off board quick this is not the yr to wait you will be left with d will and perkins

jojo2218
jojo2218

i like bevs game he can shut down any point and he can also score 

John Munro
John Munro

Source: Knicks meeting with DeAndre Jordan this afternoon went "well". Knicks offered DJ a contract.


I dont want to get my hopes up but i wanted him the most give me him and 1 more player and id be jumping for joy 

knicks2016
knicks2016

@John Munro 

Agree!!  We need a rim protector/rebounder more than anything.  With DJ, we can add minimum guys like Bargnani  and still make the playoffs in the east.

swankwan
swankwan

This would be a good move. 


For those who think Jerian Grant is ready.... he's not.  He would be a lot more effective off of the bench this season.   At some point it would be a nice transition from Beverly to Grant.


In the last 20 years guess how many PGs drafted outside of the top 10 had an effective rookie season...?  


pretty much only Michael Carter Williams (picked 11th)...that is best case scenario.   And BTW, the 76ers won 19 games that year....


No worries, he'll get 15 - 20 mintues a game which is perfect for a rookie pg.    


A lot of guys turned into really good pg's it just took a few years.  


For perspective, 


Tony Parker averaged 9 ppg / 4 apg guy his rookie year, (drafted 28th).


Steve Nash only averaged 3 ppg his rookie year.


PG is the hardest position for Rookies to adapt to. 

John Munro
John Munro

Beverly is nice but he's not a huge need we need someone who can guard Lebron and a C. Jackson has said numerous times he likes Calderon and this kid we drafted whos good at defense. So if we sign beverly for anything more than the minimum its almost just a waste of cap space 

swankwan
swankwan

@John Munro


1.  nobody can guard Lebron...

2.  C. Jackson - I'm guessing you meant P. Jackson??

3.  I don't recall P Jax saying specifically that he likes Calderon...


I remember him saying the Knicks were set at the 1...

Kinda positive things about Jose....


but...


he also tried to trade him a number of times

oh yea... and he drafted a rookie PG

1 more thing...he also didn't waive Galloway.



Anthony Gaetano DeCesare
Anthony Gaetano DeCesare

If they get Beverley and Robin Lopez the starting 5 will be interesting because the 2 rookies will be fighting each other for playing time.

One starting 5 is the better defensive team

Beverely-PG

Grant-sg (he has the size)

Afflalo-sf

Melo-PF

Lopez-c

The other with KP-

Beverely-pg

Afflalo-SG

Melo-SF

KP-PF

Lopez-C

John Munro
John Munro

@Anthony Gaetano DeCesare thats deffinetly not a playoff team a below average PG a below average SG a below average C and an  undersized SF 


or same way with below averege C, PF, SG, PG and Melo isnt Lebron to carry us

Anthony Gaetano DeCesare
Anthony Gaetano DeCesare

I am not starting grant over Afflalo, I have a my best defensive team on the floor when we go small, if it worked for the warriors why can't it work for us.

Anthony Gaetano DeCesare
Anthony Gaetano DeCesare

I know, he have melo and Afflalo, u guys under rate Afflalo and u shouldn't. I'll take my chances with Beverley, Grant and Lopez on the court with them especially defensively.

John Munro
John Munro

To recap, the Heat have no cap space and no glaring need for a big, and Aldridge is meeting with them.

The Knicks, on the other hand ..

John Munro
John Munro

Knicks meeting was cancelled once it became clear NY wanted Aldridge to play center, something he is adamant against doing, per source.

John Munro
John Munro

lakers get 2 meetings and knicks cant get 1 and Munroe blows off the knicks for the bucks. This franchise is a joke 

swankwan
swankwan

This needs to get done...Rockets hopefully won't match.  Stretch provision Calderon if nothing else...the guy is done.  He's 34, he was never J Kidd or Nash.  Get an extra 4 mil off of it.  

brad5614
brad5614

This would be done if there is a taker for Calderon

rico
rico

@brad5614 jose will likely play better this year and up his trade value, by midseason if need be he can be offed then.  Stock is low now. Would love to ship him to GS for Lee but don't see why GS would do that just yet. 

Alan Alford
Alan Alford

We need some bigs. Not another guard.

Kleber Fonseca
Kleber Fonseca

Free agent guard Shane Larkin has agreed to a two-year, $3M deal with the Brooklyn Nets, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.


starksoakmase
starksoakmase

so says Beverly's agent.....Knicks need size right now...

danewyorkr
danewyorkr

An excellent pick up if it happens. Jose Calderon can't be moved because of his horrible contract. Phil Jacksons biggest mistake since he took over was losing Tyson Chandler for nothing. 

BronsonSNY
BronsonSNY

@danewyorkr who were they going to get for Tyson if it wasn't for the Mavs? And if everything panned out with that roster, including tyson...you wouldn't have traded him at the deadline because then you need him for the playoffs. So that point is mute because nobody was taking on his contract and he didn't want to play for a team that's not competitive.

knicks1996
knicks1996

we have 4 guards signed what do we need him for 

BronsonSNY
BronsonSNY

@knicks1996 which one of those guards outside of Cally can you say are legitimate starters?

swankwan
swankwan

@knicks1996....1 rookie, Galloway who is not a PG...., Affalo who is an off guard....and Calderon, who is beyond done.   Knicks need a starting PG.   Beverly is a good system fit.  

swankwan
swankwan

Jerian Grant not ready.....


He's a rookie give him time.   He'll get plenty of minutes but not ready to start.  

Joshua Anselmo
Joshua Anselmo

I'll say Jerian Grant. He's advanced mentally with very good physical traits.

swankwan
swankwan

Ron Harper and Derek Fisher weren't offensive studs....they could shoot the 3. Beverly can shoot a little. He plays good D. Which is perfect...he's a solid NBA player.

Michael Stewart
Michael Stewart

WIth these undrafted signees, Giants are hoping for lightning in a bottle and at least one pans out. The fact that 4 of the 5 are DL tells me that the Giants still feel they need depth at the defensive side of the ball on the line. Still lots of time to add and subtract and as always, plenty of talent available after cuts during training camp.

cole3244
cole3244

could there be another cruz out there, anything is possible.

Anthony Cavasinni
Anthony Cavasinni

I do like defensive tackles Kelcy Quarles of South Carolina (can be a stud)and Eathyn Manumaleuna of BYU (nice project) , defensive end Kerry Wynn of Richmond(pretty slow but very strong). The other 2 I'm not to sure about. Also I guess we didn't sign that TE us fans have been looking for :/ but I do still believe in Donnell and Robinson!

Anthony Cavasinni
Anthony Cavasinni

Speaking of TEs I actually really like what I saw from Xavier Grimble from USC, I really hope that signing goes official because he looks like a real coachable player that we can groom to become a starter. Especially if Adrien Robinson doesn't pan out.