CRUZ AND CALHOUN SURVIVE CUT TO 53

Giants cut to 53 and surprisingly keep both undrafted WRs Victor Cruz and Duke Calhoun. Veterans Hagan, Whimper, and Alford released.

The Giants' final cuts to the 53-man limit included QB Rhett Bomar, who had shown so much during the preseason, and DT Jay Alford, a veteran who had hoped to catch on after rehabbing knee surgery. But it became obvious from the remaining roster that the Giants are happy with their depth at linebacker, the most questionable position on the defense, since they'll head into the regular season with eight on the roster.

 

Cut were Bomar, who threw more passes than any other Giants quarterback this preseason; Alford; RBs Andre Brown and Gartrell Johnson; and TE Bear Pascoe, a major surprise considering he showed good blocking and pass-catching ability during the preseason. Also waived were QB Dominick Randolph; FB Jerome Johnson; WR Tim Brown; TE Scott Chandler; OL Jacob Bender, Herb Taylor, Jim Cordle and Todd Londolt; DL Tommie Hill, Alex Hall, Dwayne Hendricks and Nate Collins; and DBs Seth Williams, Courtney Brown, Matt O'Hanlon and Sha'reff Rashad.

 

The club terminated the contract of three veterans: WR Derek Hagan, OL Guy Whimper and S John Busing.

 

Victor Cruz, the undrafted receiver from UMass who had an incredible preseason, made the final cut, as did undrafted Memphis product Duke Calhoun, who caught the game-winning 60-yard touchdown pass from Bomar in the preseason finale against New England.

 

There are bound to be more changes, especially after the Giants peruse the whole waiver wire. And there is still the eight-man practice squad to fill. But for now, the Giants will sport all five of their healthy draft picks heading into next Sunday's opener against Carolina.

 

"We put the roster together in the best interest of our football team, the best way in which we felt would possibly balance off our numbers and still be very much aware of the way in which you would rank the ability level of all the players on the team," Tom Coughlin said. "You'd like to think you're ready to go in the first game and hopefully we won't have to make a subtle adjustment as we go along."

 

Here's how the 53-man roster stands as of now.

 

OFFENSE (24)

 

Quarterbacks (2): Eli Manning, Sage Rosenfels.

 

Running Backs (5): Ahmad Bradshaw, Brandon Jacobs, DJ Ware, Darius Reynaud, Madison Hedgecock (FB).

 

Wide Receivers (6): Steve Smith, Mario Manningham, Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz, Ramses Barden, Duke Calhoun.

 

Tight Ends (2): Kevin Boss, Travis Beckum.

 

Offensive Line (9): David Diehl, Rich Seubert, Shaun O'Hara, Chris Snee, Kareem McKenzie, Will Beatty, Shawn Andrews, Mitch Petrus, Adam Koets.

 

DEFENSE (26)

Defensive Line (9): Justin Tuck, Osi Umenyiora, Mathias Kiwanuka, Dave Tollefson, Jason Pierre-PaulLinval Joseph, Barry Cofield, Chris Canty, Rocky Bernard.

 

Linebackers (8): Jonathan Goff, Keith Bulluck, Michael Boley, Bryan Kehl, Phillip Dillard, Gerris Wilkinson, Clint Sintim, Chase Blackburn.

 

Cornerbacks (5): Terrell Thomas, Aaron Ross, Corey Webster, Bruce Johnson, DJ Johnson.

Safeties (4): Antrel Rolle, Deon Grant, Kenny Phillips, Michael Johnson.

 

Placekicker (1): Lawrence Tynes.

 

Punter (1): Matt Dodge.

 

Long Snapper (1): Zak DeOssie.


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