Six Cuts

The Giants waived six players on Wednesday June 19. Here's some quick info on the players big blue cut loose.

On Wednesday, the Giants waived six players: DB Tad Golden, DE Matt Layow, LB Josh Stamer, WR Marshaun Tucker, P Jason Van Dyke and QB John Welsh.

The Giants signed Golden on May 10, 2002. The 6-1, 190-pound Golden was one of the University of Tennessee's six captains last season, despite not starting a game. An outstanding special teams player, he finished the 2001 season with 11 special teams tackles, including nine solos.

Layow signed with the Giants on April 27, 2001. He was released on Aug. 14, 2001 and re-signed on Jan. 21, 2002 and allocated to Barcelona in NFL Europe. He played all 10 games for the Dragons this season, finishing with 11 tackles and three special teams stops.

Stamer signed with the Giants on April 27, 2001. He was released on Aug. 27, 2001 and re-signed on Jan. 21, 2002 and allocated to Amsterdam in NFL Europe. He started all 10 games for the Admirals this season, finishing with 27 tackles and three pass break-ups, plus four special teams tackles.

The Giants signed Tucker on Jan. 15, 2002. The Tennessee Titans originally signed him on April 22, 2001 as an undrafted free agent from the University of Oregon. He was released on Aug. 25, 2001. As a senior at Oregon, he was an honorable mention All-Pac 10 after leading the team with 50 catches for 871 yards.

Van Dyke signed with the Giants on April 19, 2002. He was in Buffalo's training camp in 2000. Van Dyke was an All-America punter at Adams State despite never having played football in high school; he played soccer at Thompson Valley High School in Loveland, Colo. and was a walk-on at Adams State after a tour of duty in the U.S. Army. As a senior in 1998, he led the nation in punting with a 46.2-yard average.

Welsh signed with the Giants on May 7, 2002 after a productive career at the University of Idaho. He moved into the starting lineup midway through his freshman year and finished his career with 584 completions on 968 pass attempts (60.3%) for 7,401 yards, 55 touchdowns and 38 interceptions.

Wednesday's moves left the Giants with a roster count of 86 players, which includes the team's seven unsigned draft choices and five NFL Europe exemptions. New York reports to training camp at the University at Albany on July 24, with the first day of practice on July 25.

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