The New York Giants have a lot of new additions, and they won’t be able to enter the 2021 season with everyone that they had on the roster last year. There just isn’t enough space, and both old and new players are in danger of becoming cuts during training camp and the preseason.
One of the most competitive spots is the secondary. There’s both new talent here and a lot of names returning, meaning the Giants will have a lot of options when deciding who gets time in the rotation. But which players are in danger of not making the final 90 man roster at all?
One of the obvious names on the hot seat is Sam Beal. Of course, not all of it is his fault. He hasn’t had the start to his career that any player would ask for. Injury threw Beal off course for his first couple of seasons but the Giants have had enough faith in his potential to keep him around.
However, Beal only has 26 total tackles in the NFL even after getting over his injuries. He opted out of last season entirely, so there’s no body of work from 2020 to use when judging his play.
He also plead guilty in a gun case last week which places him on probation until 2022, and while it seems like he’s out of hot water legally for now, there’s no telling whether or not that will affect the Giants’ judgement when it comes to making a decision on him.
All in all, Beal has been around for a while and hasn’t done much for the Giants. He’ll really have to work to prove himself this offseason if he doesn’t want to end up with the players cut to save space, mainly for the simple reason that he’s showed little on the field progression for various reasons despite being with the Giants for years. Some of it isn’t his fault, but that doesn’t change the situation at hand.
Supposedly, Rodarius Williams is a player with upside.
That may be true, but he’s still a sixth round draft pick at the end of the day. The Giants decided to bet on his potential and select him, but they aren’t tied to the pick like they would be in the case of a higher drafted player.
If Williams doesn’t make the roster, it may not be through fault of his own. Between Isaac Yiadom, new signing Joshua Kalu, Darnay Holmes, the aforementioned Beal, and fellow rookie Aaron Robinson, there’s a lot of names competing for a limited amount of spots at cornerback.
The Giants have enough talent at the position that they probably aren’t going to keep every player at the position right now on the 90 man roster.
All in all, it means that Williams will have to adapt his aggressive playing style to the NFL quickly and perform well in training camp, to prove to the coaching staff that he deserves a spot over a more established player despite his low draft status.