Stay with us as we track all the moves as the Giants set their initial roster and make their NFL cuts.
The NFL preseason is over and teams are now going about the serious business of trimming rosters from 90 players to the regular season limit of 53. New York Giants linebacker Alec Ogletree said Friday that it’s a “bittersweet” time because the regular season is starting, but players who will stay are bidding goodbye to players who may be seeing their NFL dreams come to an end.
Giants coach Pat Shurmur said after Thursday’s preseason finale that the Giants have “enough information” to make good decisions about the roster.
“I feel like we’ve got enough information,” Shurmur said.” We played all the players through the preseason, so we’re not going to be guessing as to whether a guy can do it or not. We’re in a position now to pick that initial 53-man roster.”
Cutting players you have worked with for months is part of a head coach’s job, but not an easy one.
“The human element of it is tough,” Shurmur said. “I think we all get used to it, but if you’ve got a heart and you’ve got a soul, you’re talking about guys’ livelihood. It’s a tough situation that way, but it’s real.”
Shurmur said Friday that but that the Giants “have a decent idea” who will and won’t make the roster. We will find out who those guys are today.
GM Dave Gettleman said Thursday that the Giants “will keep the 53 best” players and would then “work the waiver wire” to try and upgrade spots on the roster where possible.
We will be tracking the cuts between now and the 4 p.m. ET deadline on Saturday to reach the roster limit, so keep checking back for updates.
#Giants cut WR Alonzo Russell, per source. Very good chance at ending up on practice squad.— Ryan Dunleavy (@rydunleavy) September 1, 2018
The #Giants have released OL Malcolm Bunche, source says.— Matt Lombardo (@MattLombardoNFL) September 1, 2018
Giants have cut RB Jhurell Pressley, according to a source.— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoSNY) September 1, 2018
Jhurell Pressley had two good preseason games, but he was never really likely to make the team. He was roster fill to help the Giants through preseason.
Giants cut AJ Francis, per source. That's the biggest surprise thus far in my opinion.— Dan Duggan (@DDuggan21) September 1, 2018
Surprised by the cut of A.J. Francis. Said multiple times that he and Robert Thomas have similar skill sets, but thought both guys would make it. Guess that might be good news for someone like Romeo Okwara. [Full story]
Giants cut WR Travis Rudolph, per source.— Dan Duggan (@DDuggan21) September 1, 2018
Travis Rudolph made a splash in the 2017 preseason, but his lack of speed and size made it difficult for him. He was also injured for a lengthy stretch in preseason, limiting his opportunities.
#Giants release undrafted rookie DL Tyrell Chavis, according to source.— Matt Lombardo (@MattLombardoNFL) September 1, 2018
Tyrell Chavis would be a logical practice squad addition.
Giants have cut LB Calvin Munson, according to a source (and as I think @DDuggan21 reported) and OL Zac Kerin. ... Also cut, per @MattLombardoNFL is CB Grant Haley.— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoSNY) September 1, 2018
The #Giants have released rookie CB Grant Haley, per source.— Matt Lombardo (@MattLombardoNFL) September 1, 2018
In my 53-man roster projection I had Grant Haley going to the practice squad. Thought he might sneak onto the roster once news broke that Chris Lewis-Harris was being released. Looks like the Giants will be scouring the waiver wire for some cornerback help. I would think Haley will land on the practice squad if he clears waivers.
It sounds like the Giants will be cutting QB Alex Tanney too.— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoSNY) September 1, 2018
The Alex Tanney move is no surprise. He was never making the roster unless there was a major injury to Eli Manning, Davis Webb or Kyle Lauletta.
Giants have cut RB Jalen Simmons, per source. Had a good preseason.— Dan Duggan (@DDuggan21) September 1, 2018
#Giants cut WR Kalif Raymond, per source. He could wind up elsewhere. Return ability.— Ryan Dunleavy (@rydunleavy) September 1, 2018
The release of Kalif Raymond likely means Hunter Sharp wins the punt return job.
The Giants cuts have begun. They have cut S Andrew Adams, a former starter, and CB Chris Lewis-Harris, according to sources.— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoSNY) September 1, 2018
Andrew Adams is a player the Giants just didn’t seem to believe was a fit in James Bettcher’s defense. I thought Chris Lewis-Harris played well enough on Thursday vs. the New England Patriots to earn a roster spot. Giants thought otherwise. [Full story]
The Giants are releasing WR Roger Lewis, per source. He was third on the team last season with 416 receiving yards and at times served as their No.— Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan) September 1, 2018
1 receiver. Lewis has been buried on the depth chart most of this summer.
We have been telling you since the spring that the Giants’ new coaching staff has had Roger Lewis Jr., who had 26 receptions last season, buried on the depth chart. Now, the Giants are moving on without him.