The final 53

Yes, TGI readers, it's that time of year again already – when your trusty editor goes out on a limb and makes an utter fool of himself. Yes, we're only halfway through camp, but foolish ol' KP is going to make all the Giants moves now – well before the professional personnel men make their final calls.

Follow along and please feel free to comment and criticize. Heck, an exercise (in futility?) like this is basically begging for it, no?

Quarterbacks (3) – Eli Manning, Rob Johnson, Jared Lorenzen. We all know that the final spot is going to come down to Tim Hasselbeck or Rob Johnson. So far it's basically been a draw, which favors Hasselbeck. We're going to go out on a limb and go with Johnson. Lorenzen grabs the third job after a strong camp.

Running backs (5) – Tiki Barber, Jim Finn, Brandon Jacobs, Derrick Ward, Mike Jemison. Ward makes it back on his feet just in time to make the final roster. They value him too much as a solid reserve and special teams ace to put him on Injured Reserve, unless he's really hurting. The top three are gimmes and Jemison won't be denied. He's looked too good right off the bat and should only get better as he works into playing shape.

Tight ends (3) – Jeremy Shockey, Boo Williams, TBD. Williams finally supplants Visanthe Shiancoe, who's actually had a pretty good camp of late. But we pegged this camp as his last so we're going to stick to it. The third tight end is not currently on the roster. The Giants will pick up someone off the waiver wire at final cuts because Wade Fletcher hasn't been good enough and Darcy Johnson is headed to the practice squad.

Wide receivers (5) – Plaxico Burress, Amani Toomer, Tim Carter, Sinorice Moss, David Tyree. The main question here is whether or not the Giants keep an extra receiver like Willie Ponder or Michael Jennings. While they would love to, there's just not going to be any room at the inn. Both are tough calls as Tom Coughlin loves Ponder's work ethic and Jennings' charisma, but they're both sent packing. Anthony Mix has been impressive enough to be headed to the practice squad.

Offensive line (9) – Luke Petitgout, David Diehl, Shaun O'Hara, Chris Snee, Kareem McKenzie, Bob Whitfield, Rich Seubert, Grey Ruegamer, Guy Whimper. The Giants, who suffered two OL injuries against Kansas City, hope they can keep their OL healthy heading into the season. While Whimper's nowhere near ready to play, they have to keep him on the roster. The remaining depth is better than ever. Matthew Lentz is headed to the practice squad.

Specialists (4) – Jay Feely, Jeff Feagles, Chad Morton, Ryan Kuehl. Can't really beat this quartet. They've assembled quite a bit of talent on their specialty units. Strong-legged Travis Dorsch has been impressive, but they can't possibly keep him.

Defensive line (9) – Michael Strahan, Osi Umenyiora, William Joseph, Fred Robbins, Justin Tuck, Mathias Kiwanuka, Damane Duckett, Barry Cofield, TBD. Be it Grady Jackson, Brentson Buckner or someone else we've yet to hear about, the Giants are going to sign or trade for a DT before the season. That'll signal the end for Jonas Seawright. The four ends are easily the best in the NFL.

Linebackers (6) – LaVar Arrington, Antonio Pierce, Brandon Short, Reggie Torbor, Chase Blackburn, Gerris Wilkinson. Coughlin finally gets tired of waiting for Carlos Emmons to get healthy and sends him packing. Brandon Short steps in as the starting WLB. Tyson Smith and/or Nick McNeil are signed to the taxi squad.

Defensive backs (9) – Sam Madison, Corey Webster, Gibril Wilson, Will Demps, R.W. McQuarters, Frank Walker, Quentin Harris, Jason Bell, Charles Peprah. It's a tough call in a very overloaded secondary, but Curtis Deloatch and James Butler don't quite measure up. The newcomers not only add more speed in the defensive backfield, but also on special teams, obviously increasing their value. Peprah ends up having too good a camp to leave him off.

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