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Giants announce 53-man roster

Post  Big_Pete on Sat Sep 03, 2011 7:49 pm

Giants announce 53-man roster

By Michael Eisen

Posted 1 hour ago

The Giants significantly reshaped their roster today,
leaving themselves with a new punter, an old/new backup quarterback and four
rookie linebackers.

In the process, they waived three of their 2010 draft
choices – linebackers Phillip Dillard and Adrian Tracy and punter Matt Dodge.

Steve Weatherford, a seven-year veteran signed early in
training camp, replaces Dodge as the Giants’ punter.

Sage Rosenfels, the backup quarterback in 2010, was placed
on injured reserve because of the strep throat and subsequent back problems
that have plagued him for three weeks. David Carr, who played here in 2008 and
2009, is again Eli Manning’s backup.

The four rookie linebackers who made the team include two
2011 draft choices – fifth-rounder Greg Jones of Michigan State and
sixth-rounder Jacquian Williams of South Florida – and free agents Mark
Herzlich of Boston College and Spencer Paysinger of Oregon.

“The best thing that they did was play special teams,
although Jones was pretty solid in there as a middle backer, too,” Coach Tom
Coughlin said. “But the other guys flashed the other night. Paysinger made a
couple of nice physical plays. Herzlich had an outstanding sack and did a nice
job on special teams. Williams had a big night – he came off the edge very well
and played very well on special teams. He got a big block on the punt return.
Herzlich did, too. They continue to get better. I didn’t like, to be quite
honest, their response to the Jet thing (their play in a 17-3 loss to the Jets
on Monday). I thought some of them were a little big-eyed. But the other night
they were locked in there and they did a nice job.”

The Giants made 27 transactions today to reach the NFL
regular-season roster limit of 53 players. They open their season Sunday, Sept.
11 against the Redskins in Washington.

In addition to Rosenfels, safety Brian Jackson (hip) was

The team terminated the contracts of six veterans: wide
receiver Michael Clayton, tight end Daniel Coats, guard Ikechuku Ndukwe, center
Chris White, defensive tackle Gabe Watson and kicker Rhys Lloyd.

Nineteen players were waived: Dillard, Tracy, Dodge,
quarterback Ryan Perrilloux, running backs Andre Brown and Charles Scott, tight
end Christian Hopkins, wide receiver Darius Reynaud, tackles Jamon Meredith and
Jarriel King, center Jim Cordle, defensive ends Ayanaga Okpokowuruk, Craig
Marshall, Alex Hall and Justin Trattou and Dwayne Hendricks and defensive backs
Joe Burnett, David Sims and Jerrard Tarrant.

Coughlin is in his 16th season as an NFL head coach, but the
day he must make numerous cuts is not among his favorite on the calendar.

“You have to talk about the Michael Clayton’s of the world,
who are consummate pros,” Coughlin said. “They work their tail off, they’re
focused every day, they play hurt, they bring a huge physical presence to the
game. When you have to let a guy like that go it eats away at you.

“You can say the same thing for Jamon Meredith, the same
thing for Gabe Watson, although we don’t know Gabe that well. He came in here
and was a very classy guy in terms of how he reacted. Darius Reynaud was very
classy in talking to him about the fact that we would have to release him. Alex
Hall, who really did do a pretty good job the other night, was the same way.
Jim Cordle is an outstanding young guy who has been around here and everyone
likes and respects. It’s very difficult.

“Some of the guys are really hurt. Some of them were
shocked. This is a day when their expectations – you teach them to aim high and
they pretty much all aimed high. There was some reality there, too. When you
tell them that this time around, unfortunately, it’s not going to work, it’s a
difficult thing. It’s part of the business. I’ve done it for a lot of years. We
do things as a team here. It doesn’t get any easier. It’s not as pleasant a day
as some. But it has to be done. There’s tremendous, tremendous pressure on the
clubs to get the right combination of people. It’s not just positions, it’s
people. It’s the right combinations of people in the right spots so you can
have the kind of quality examples and leadership that you need. That’s what’s
difficult about a guy like Clayton going. If I was a young guy, I’d be
following him around.”

Today’s transactions leave the Giants with the following
roster as they begin preparations for the Redskins:

Offense (25)

Quarterbacks (2): Eli Manning, David Carr

Running Backs (4): Ahmad Bradshaw, Brandon Jacobs, D.J.
Ware, Da’Rel Scott

Fullbacks (2):
Bear Pascoe, Henry Hynoski (Pascoe also plays tight end)

Wide Receivers (6): Hakeem Nicks, Mario Manningham, Domenik
Hixon, Devin Thomas, Victor Cruz, Jerrel Jernigan

Tight Ends (2):
Travis Beckum, Jake Ballard

Offensive Linemen (9): David Diehl, Chris Snee, Kareem
McKenzie, Will Beatty, David Bass, Stacy Andrews, Mitch Petrus, James Brewer,
Kevin Boothe

Defense (25)

Defensive Linemen: (Cool: Justin Tuck, Osi Umenyiora, Chris
Canty, Linval Joseph, Jason Pierre-Paul, Rocky Bernard, Dave Tollefson, Jimmy

Linebackers (7): Mathias Kiwanuka, Jonathan Goff, Michael
Boley, Jacquian Williams, Mark Herzlich, Greg Jones, Spencer Paysinger.

Cornerbacks (5):
Corey Webster, Aaron Ross, Michael Coe, Brian Williams, Prince Amukamara

Safeties (5): Antrel Rolle, Deon Grant, Kenny Phillips,
Tyler Sash, Derrick Martin

Specialists (3)

Kicker (1):
Lawrence Tynes

Punter (1):
Steve Weatherford

Long Snapper (1): Zak DeOssie

Wide receiver Ramses Barden and offensive lineman Adam Koets
are on the physically unable to perform list.

Here are Coughlin’s thoughts on some of today’s moves:

*On selecting Weatherford over Dodge as the team’s punter:

“That was a tough, tough decision. It was a tough call and a
difficult thing to talk to Matt. He responded in a class manner and made it
very easy. He came in with a smile on his face. We talked about the
competitiveness of it. I told him it sometimes takes awhile for a punter to
develop. I saw tremendous improvement on Matt’s part this year. I saw his
growth and maturity and focus, which was illustrated most by a game here at
home when he was booed by our fans and he punted the ball 63 yards and after
that I didn’t hear much. I think that was one example of the way the guy had
grown up.

“I think in training camp, neither punter really missed a
punt. Some weren’t as good as others. They both did an outstanding job and it
was not an easy decision to make. I think Matt will continue to grow and
develop and I think he’ll punt in this league – probably punt for a very long

*On whether the talent at running back and linebacker made
this an unusually difficult cut:

“It rotates between different positions in different years.
I think going in running back was going to be a strong position in camp. No
question that made that more difficult. I think the linebacker position put a
smile on most people’s faces, because of the rapid development and play of the
younger guys, particularly on special teams.

“Those two areas we knew going in exactly what we had, a
young group we thought was pretty talented and that remained true throughout
the preseason and made some parts of this thing difficult.”

*On Herzlich making an NFL roster two years after missing a
season at Boston College because he contracted Ewing’s sarcoma.

“Herzlich didn’t bat an eye the whole camp. Physically, he
did everything you asked and more. I saw him improve literally week by week. He
can play multiple positions. He’s very smart. He does an outstanding job on
special teams. He’s told one time and he goes and does it. He deserves it.”
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