The New York Giants shocked a lot of fans and sports writers (including myself) with some of the roster moves this week.
I’ve listed my top four surprise moves by the Giants and by no means am I criticizing the moves.
As a Giants fan and sports writer, I had my own take on what the final roster would look like (along with many other writers and fans that follow the Giants).
RB Andre Brown: Brown came out of nowhere to solidify a roster spot on the Giants. After the two preseason games, Brown was a non-factor and appeared to be either headed to the practice squad again or cut from the team.
With Bradshaw, Wilson and DJ Ware ahead of Brown after Week 2, it only seemed logical that the Giants would select Scott over Brown based on his speed and versatility.
But boy can things change in a matter of days as Brown transformed into a different player in the final two preseason games and won a roster spot over DJ Ware.
In my 53-man roster, I had the Giants keeping Ware over Brown; and although I’m shocked, I’m certainly not upset as I was never a fan of Ware.
C Jim Cordle: I did not see this one coming….did you! Cordle was once an undrafted offensive lineman and also a member of the Giants' practice squad within the last year or so. Cordle didn’t get much ink during training camp and I (like many other writers) felt that the Giants were going to go keep one of their linemen (Mosley and McCants) drafted this past season.
However, this was not the case as Mosley was placed on IR and McCants waived by the Giants. My only explanation for Cordle making the squad is...
A) He is a true center and the only one to backup Baas (Booth did play center last season, but the Giants prefer him at guard).
B) Cordle must have shown enough development to warrant such a move. Either way, I’m fine with this move as I have always liked Cordle dating back to his college days at Ohio State. Once Mosley returns, either Cordle or Brewer would be the most logical choices to be replaced.
Giants Keeping Nine Defensive Linemen: Normally, the Giants have kept only eight defensive linemen on the 53-man roster, so this move was a big shocker for me. In my final roster I had four ends and four tackles; I saw a final spot at DE between Tracy and Ojomo, with the Giants selecting Tracy (although I preferred Ojomo).
At defensive tackle, I saw the final roster spot going to Austin (if healthy) or Thomas if Austin was placed on IR. Overall, I am very pleased with the selections on the DL as the Giants arguably have not only the pass rushers on the 1st team, but also on the 2nd team.
This decision on keeping nine defensive linemen also affected the number of linebackers the Giants retained.
Normally, the Giants hold eight spots for linebackers, but instead opted to carry only seven. My thinking here is that Adrian Tracy could play a dual role as a DE/LB for the Giants. Of course, decisions need to be made once Chris Canty returns from PUP, but let’s cross that bridge when get there
S Will Hill: What a great comeback story thus far and I see no reason why Hill can’t continue his great success moving forward. An UDFA out of Florida, Hill was a standout football player in New Jersey.
Unfortunately, Hill had many setbacks (some by his own doing) while in college. Given another opportunity and most likely his last, Hill responded with an outstanding training camp and in my opinion has moved up ahead of Tyler Sash.
Footnotes: The Giants have announced that they have claimed OT DJ Jones out of the University of Nebraska and placed him the teams 53-man roster. Jones spent time last season with Baltimore and Miami's practice squads.
To make way for Jones, the Giants waived third-year OL Mitch Petrus, who was not developing as quickly as the Giants had planned? Jones was signed by the Philadelphia Eagles this past February and waived yesterday as part of their final cuts.
The Giants also announced their practice squad this afternoon with WR David Douglas; DEs Matt Broha and Craig Marshall; OLs Matt McCants, Selvish Capers and Stephen Goodin; TE Larry Donnell; and DB Laron Scott.
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