Giants Make Hard Choices to Cut Down to 53 Man Roster

NEW YORK – This is always a very difficult time of year for the Giants coaches and staff. I’m sure they would have loved to have kept everyone on the team but it just isn’t the way things work in the NFL. The Giants were forced to cut a bunch of players today in order to cut down to the mandatory 53 man roster. Head Coach Tom Coughlin and GM Jerry Reese can finally exhale after making some very difficult decisions but I’m sure they will also monitor the careers of the players they cut. This is one of the most difficult parts of the job for these men, without question. Having to tell a man that he didn’t make the team, when you know he has given you 110% on the field is a terrible chore but a part of the business. You can view the final roster here Roster or simply click the roster tab on the top toolbar of our website.

Fans were speculating all week about who would be cut and who would make the team. I try not to get into those conversations out of respect for the players but I will answer a direct question if someone asks my opinion about a player. When you’re looking at all of these guys on paper and see you one or two at a certain deep position on the team, you have a pretty good idea if they will be on the final roster or not. A perfect example is the defensive end position. The Giants literally have four guys who could be starters at the position with DE Justin Tuck, DE Osi Umenyiora, DE Jason Pierre-Paul and DE Mathias Kiwanuka (he is a hybrid, I know). Trying to make the Giants final roster at the defensive end position would be a herculean task for any player. There were some cuts that were surprises, like there are every year and some cuts that sting a little more then the others.

I would like to personally wish the players well, who did not make the cut. It’s a shame that everyone can’t make the team based on their hard work and desire. It is never fun saying goodbye to a player who has given his all. Keep your head up and keep working hard. It might not be your time today but dreams do come true! Don’t give up!

The Giants will face the Washington Redskins next Sunday 9/11/11 at 4:15 PM EST for their first regular season game. Be sure to come back and check out our “Game Notes” each and every week throughout the season.

Were you surprised by any of the cuts made or with the Giants final roster?

RD –

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2 Responses to Giants Make Hard Choices to Cut Down to 53 Man Roster

  1. bobbyg says:

    The shockers were WR-micheal clayton and darius reynaud,who i thought would be big contributors on the offense,and they were also classy human beings inside the locker- room, and on the field,clayton had veteran knowledge of the game and that cut really surprised me .matt dodge as far as im concerned should have been cut last season,and we all know why.he had some flashes,but had no consistency with his punts.the one thing you dont want to happen,is one of these players who were cut,to come back to haunt you on a team your playing down the some serious coaching work needs to be done on the special teams side of the ball.even with all the released players,i still like our defense,its everything else im worried about.and like you said in the article,you never want to see anyone get released,but i think except for clayton,the giants made good decisions,there is still some cap room,do you think the giants could still make a move with just 7 days until kick-off.or do we roll as is.there is one thing i saw for the 1st time last year,and it hit me in my heart.that was players getting cut on hard knocks,and i never thought about players cut before,being it was the business side of football,but when i actually seen them cut in the rooms with the coaches and GMs,it really humanized the situation,and was difficult to matter what i thought of a player before,it gave me a new perspective, and choked me up.just a rough thing to watch and i wish all those kids well in there future endeavors.

    • robdomaine says:

      Those two guys surprised me too but there were a bunch that surprised me. Then when you look at the final roster, you can see what they were trying to do and it makes sense. I’m sure we would all have different final rosters but I understand what they are doing. I just wrote a brand new article about the final roster, check it out buddy.

      I agree with you and it is very classy of you to wish those guys well who played their hearts out and didn’t make the cut. I feel bad for those guys too. Enjoy the rest of your holiday weekend Bobby!

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