The initial 53-man roster comes with surprises, of course, because it is on the initial 53. Davis Webb for example was cut after a stellar offseason, but the reality is that as a veteran, he does not have to go on waivers and is likely to sign back with the team given the relationship with Daboll and familiarity with the offense.
Darius Slayton is possibly on the roster as trade bait since he still may have some market value.
The Giants as of now hold 12 linebackers, with Quincy Roche being the only noticeable name missing. That is likely to change as they pick up players in places of need, such as cornerback off of the wire.
Current 53-Man Roster
Waiver Wire & Free Agents
The Giants are fifth on the waiver wire behind the Jaguars, Texans, Lions, and Jets making it possible for the Giants to improve their depth with some quality youth. Signing the veterans as free agents will be a little harder with the team’s limited cap space. Of course some of these veterans will return to their teams once players are put on the Injured Reserve List. For a player to be put on the IR they need to be on the 53 man roster. Therefore cuts like former Giant’s corner back Logan Ryan might just be temporary before returning to the Bucs.
The Giant’s might seem set at running back but newly freed Marlon Mack could still be a bench upgrade considering he had a 1,999 yards and 17 touchdown season before tearing his Achilles in 2020.
Phillip Lindsay and Duke Johnson are two other RB’s now on the market.
Tight ends O.J. Howard and Ryan Izzo are names that could intrigue the Giants that has no experience at the position currently.
In a cap cutting move the Jaguars released defensive tackle Malcom Brown who has the 6th best run stuffing tackle last year with at least 100 snaps, and the Giant’s could use better depth there.
Former first round pick Alex Leatherwood did not develop as Las Vegas hoped for and has been released. Yet, since he was a 1st round pick it will cost a team six million pick him up. Veteran left tackle Julie’n Davenoport has been released by Chicago and could be an up grade to the depth chart. Jason Spriggs released by Indianapolis is also now available but doe does not come with the same resume.
Once again Josh Gordon is available but with his history, it would be surprised if the Giant’s took interest. Mohammed Sanu is also available but does not fit the Giants youth movement.
Besides Ryan there does not seem to be a lot of help found at cornerback. Malcom Butler was cut but he is 32, presently injured and likely has no interest playing form anyone but the Patriots.