Here is Giants’ 53-man roster (for now) after trade, surprising cuts and Sam Beal (shockingly) making the team


The Giants’ 53-man roster is set.

For now.

It it subject to change as the Giants place injured players on injured reserve and claim players off waivers from other rosters. But the Giants did cut 27 players on Tuesday to get to the roster limit before 4 p.m.

Here’s a look at the roster, with a breakdown of each position:

Quarterback (2): Daniel Jones, Mike Glennon

Cut: Brian Lewerke

No surprises here, but Lewerke played fairly well in limited time since signing a couple weeks ago and should be brought back on the practice squad.

Running Back (5): Saquon Barkley, Devontae Booker, Gary Brightwell, Eli Penny, Cullen Gillaspia

Cut: Corey Clement

Clement played well enough (outside of some fumbling issues) to stick around, but the Giants didn’t feel like they needed him on the active roster anymore after Penny showed some juice as a runner and Brightwell impressed enough to stick around.

It wouldn’t be surprising if Clement (or veteran Alfred Morris) are brought back onto the practice squad, especially if Barkley won’t be a full-go in Week 1.

Wide Receiver (7): Kenny Golladay, Sterling Shepard, Darius Slayton, Kadarius Toney, John Ross, C.J. Board, Dante Pettis

Cut: David Sills, Matt Cole, Alex Bachman, Austin Mack, Damion Willis

Much to the chagrin of Giants fans on Twitter, Sills didn’t make the cut. It ultimately wasn’t a major surprise, as he doesn’t contribute on special teams and the Giants need that out of their fifth/sixth wide receivers. If the Giants wind up placing John Ross on injured reserve, it’s possible Sills (or someone else) comes back upon clearing waivers.

Sills is certainly a candidate to be claimed elsewhere, though.

Board made the team on the heels of a solid camp at wide receiver and his position as one of their best special teams players, both as a returner and gunner. And Pettis was just viewed as a higher ceiling player than Sills, largely due to his athleticism and ability to line up at multiple spots,

Tight End (3): Evan Engram, Kyle Rudolph, Kaden Smith

Cut: Nakia Griffin-Stewart, Jake Hausmann

This is a position that the Giants almost certainly will look to add another player via waivers, especially as both Engram and Rudolph are dealing with injuries.

Offensive Line (8): Andrew Thomas, Shane Lemieux, Nick Gates, Will Hernandez, Matt Peart, Nate Solder, Billy Price, Ben Bredeson

Cut: Jonotthan Harrison, Kenny Wiggins, Ted Larsen, Chad Slade, Jackson Barton, Jake Burton, Brett Heggie

Harrison was arguably the biggest surprise cut of the day, as the veteran center had been getting the bulk of second-team reps at center and had played fairly well recently. But the Giants likely felt they didn’t have use for him anymore once they acquired Price in a trade with the Bengals. Price can play both guard and center. Larsen was expected to make the team but was placed on injured reserve.

Wiggins had been getting most of the first-team reps at left guard with Shane Lemieux injured but he didn’t play especially well. He could come back via the practice squad at some point, but more likely the Giants aren’t done adding new offensive linemen into the mix.

The Giants traded for Bredeson on Tuesday. His acquisition hasn’t technically been made official yet but he’ll be part of the roster.

Defensive Line (6): Leonard Williams, Dexter Lawrence, Austin Johnson, Danny Shelton, Raymond Johnson III

Cut: David Moa, Willie Henry, Elijah Qualls

Johnson likely secured his roster spot once B.J. Hill was traded after impressive training camp and preseason performances, though he might’ve made it over Hill anyway before the trade. Moa had a good camp but was a victim of the numbers game. He could come back after some spots are cleared.

Outside Linebacker (5): Lorenzo Carter, Azeez Ojulari, Oshane Ximines, Elerson Smith, Trent Harris

Cut: Ifeadi Odenigbo, Niko Lalos, Ryan Anderson

Odenigbo might seem like a surprise considering the Giants guaranteed him $1 million upon signing him as a free agent, but ultimately he never was able to make his mark at a new position. The Giants save $1.5 million for cutting him, which made sense once it was clear he wasn’t going to play a notable role. Harris also played his way onto the roster with an impressive camp.

Inside Linebacker (5): Blake Martinez, Tae Crowder, Carter Coughlin, Reggie Ragland, Cam Brown

Cut: Devante Downs

No surprises here. This is the best depth the Giants have had at linebacker in a long time.

Cornerback (7): James Bradberry, Adoree’ Jackson, Darnay Holmes, Keion Crossen, Rodarius Williams, Sam Beal, Josh Jackson

PUP: Aaron Robinson

Cut: Madre Harper

The biggest surprise in terms of a player that made the team might be Beal, the former supplemental third-round pick that has been mostly a disappointment through three years and was arrested in 2020. Beal played decently in joint practices against the Patriots and by all accounts had been on his best behavior behind the scenes. Jackson is also somewhat of a surprise, as he’s only practiced once since being acquired by the Packers a couple weeks ago, though it’s possible he’s placed on injured reserve to clear another roster spot.

Robinson will have to miss at least the first six weeks of the season.

Safety (4): Logan Ryan, Jabrill Peppers, Xavier McKinney, Julian Love

Cut: Chris Johnson, Jordyn Peters

Nothing to see here either, though Nate Ebner is expected to join the roster at some point.

Special Teams (2): K Graham Gano, P Riley Dixon

The Giants cut long snapper Casey Kreiter on Tuesday but they intend to re-sign him right away, likely after clearing a couple of roster spots with injured reserve players. As a veteran, he won’t be subjected to waivers.

Another non-story, as there weren’t any backups at any of their positions.

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