The New York Giants trimmed their roster down to 53-men on Tuesday, but that doesn’t mean moves won’t be made over the next week. With every NFL team cutting players, the Giants will scour the waiver wire and free-agent market for potential solutions at positions of weakness, notably on the offensive line and tight end groups.
In the meantime, some of their own players are working their way back from injury and preparing for Week 1 against the Denver Broncos.
New York Giants injury update:
The Giants held a walk-through practice on Tuesday while the team was cutting players and executing trades to bring in more OL talent. Head coach Joe Judge indicated that they will likely place a few players on the PUP list ahead of the season, which would force them out until Week 7.
Luckily, the Giants had several players participate in practice, including Saquon Barkley, Kenny Golladay, Kadarius Toney, and John Ross. Judge said that the team wouldn’t have a decision on Barkley until game week, which is only a few days away.
As for Golladay, they will see where he is next week, but the good news is that they still have time on their side. As per Dan Duggan of The Athletic, left guard Shane Lemieux has a partially torn patellar tendon, but he is fighting through and trying to avoid surgery. That is a primary reason the Giants traded for Ben Bredeson, formerly of the Baltimore Ravens.
Toney is slowly working his way back from Covid related stamina issues, but he is expected to be available for the team’s Week 1 matchup against Denver.
Two players the Giants could claim:
TE: Jacob Hollister
With Evan Engram suffering a calf injury in the final preseason game against the New England Patriots, the Giants could target former Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots TE Jacob Hollister. Hollister spent this off-season with the Buffalo Bills and was surprisingly released on Tuesday afternoon. At 6’4″ and 245-pounds, Hollister has recorded 558 yards and six touchdowns over his last two seasons in Seattle. Having played in 27 games, starting in eight, he is an experienced tight end that could offer value as the TE4 on the Giants behind Engram, Kaden Smith, and Kyle Rudolph.
OL: Carson Green
One player who will be sought after on the waiver wire is Houston Texans’ offensive tackle Carson Green. The 6’6″, 320-pound undrafted free agent had a solid preseason, playing in 87 snaps and allowing just one QB hit and one pressure.
With the Giants trading for Billy Price and Bredeson, they are in the market for more tackle depth, and Green could offer them a solid developmental player who’s looked good this preseason. Green is primarily a right tackle, a position that is unresolved as Nate Solder and Matt Peart are both gunning for starting reps against Denver.