The New York Giants, like every other NFL team this summer, must cut their roster down to 53 players by 4:00 p.m. on August 31. This year, those cuts will come very close to the bone for head coach Pat Shurmur, who has become attached to many of the players he’ll have to let go next week.
Shurmur told reporters on Friday, “I love this team,” and we believe him but this is a business and not everyone gets to stay for the party. Last year, the Giants’ roster wasn’t as deep and some the cuts he had to make were no-brainers.
This year, the roster is more robust, with players who can play multiple positions and play them well. They are very deep in several areas and it is very possible they may explore trades before cut-down day.
In examining the roster, the Giants have four quarterbacks and five tight ends that they want to keep. Shurmur will have cut at least one from each of those units. They also have a slew of defensive linemen, wide receivers and defensive backs that are all close in ability that will be difficult to whittle down.
No one is envying Shurmur right now. He will have some of the 37 roster decisions made for him. Rookie offensive tackle George Asafo-Adjei has been dealing with a concussion for weeks now and is likely headed for IR. Second-year cornerback Sam Beal (hamstring) may find himself there as well.
Veteran free agent wide receiver Golden Tate will be placed on the suspended list come the beginning of the season, so that will save someone from being cut. For the first four weeks of the season, that is.
The team has two punters and two long snappers and they’ll only be carrying one each, likely veteran Zak DeOssie and last year’s punter, Riley Dixon.