NY Giants roster: Our final 2022 projections – NorthJersey.com

EAST RUTHERFORD – The preseason is in the rear-view mirror for the New York Giants, and they can see the Sept. 11 regular season opener against the Titans in Nashville quickly approaching in the distance.
Over the next 48 hours, the roster construction season for general manager Joe Schoen and Co. kicks into high gear. The Giants will say good-bye to 27 players – at least – as they go through a flurry of transactions to get down to their initial 53-man roster by Tuesday’s 4 p.m. league-mandated deadline.
The work is just beginning, of course. The Giants are fifth on the waiver wire, so they should be able to upgrade their depth by claiming players waived by other teams. There could be additional roster gymnastics done by shifting any players to injured reserve, all of whom would be eligible to return from IR during the season if they are on the initial 53-man roster. A player can then be moved to IR on Wednesday, and he’ll be required to miss at least four games before being eligible to return.
After three previous installments, here is our final 53-man projection:
Who makes it: Daniel Jones, Tyrod Taylor, Davis Webb
Out: N/A
Breakdown: Daniel Jones ended the preseason on a high note with a strong performance in the joint practice against the Jets. He’s going to get the opportunity to show how much he can grow in this system. Taylor is fearless and should be OK after leaving the preseason early with a back injury after a crushing hit. Webb is the most comfortable of the three in this offense, thanks to his four years in Buffalo with Brian Daboll, and he’s had a strong preseason. If the Giants are going to keep three quarterbacks on the active roster, Webb has gone out and earned it.
In: Saquon Barkley, Matt Breida, Antonio Williams, Gary Brightwell
Out: Jashaun Corbin, Sandro Platzgummer
Breakdown: Barkley looks ready for the regular season in what is an enormous campaign for him and his career. Breida’s speed is an asset if he can stay healthy. Williams was in Buffalo with Schoen and Daboll, and he has taken advantage of chances this summer. Corbin is an undrafted rookie who seemingly has the highest ceiling of the reserves, but the Giants might try to get him through waivers to the practice squad. Brightwell has flashed as a runner, but his special teams prowess has to be his ticket. Platzgummer will likely return as a member of the practice squad.
In: Kenny Golladay, Kadarius Toney, Wan’Dale Robinson, Sterling Shepard, David Sills, Richie James
Out: Darius Slayton, C.J. Board, Alex Bachman, Keelan Doss (waived Monday), Jaylon Moore, Travis Toivonen (waived Monday)
Breakdown: Golladay’s contract makes it a near-certainty that he’s on the roster, given the fact that the Giants would lose an additional $4.3 million in salary cap space if they released him. His performance is going to be under a microscope. Slayton’s cap hit of $2.5 million doesn’t fit as a reserve receiver, which is what he is right now. He could be waived or traded. James gets the nod over Board for his ability as a returner.
In: Andrew Thomas, Shane Lemieux, Jon Feliciano, Mark Glowinski, Evan Neal, Josh Ezeudu, Devery Hamilton, Jamil Douglas, Ben Bredeson
Out: Max Garcia, Josh Rivas (waived Monday), Roy Mbaeteka, Eric Smith (waived Monday), Will Holden, Garrett McGhin
Physically unable to perform/reserve: Nick Gates, Matt Peart
Breakdown: Thomas, Glowinski, Neal and Ezeudu are locks to be on the team, the first three locked in as starters. Lemieiux is a candidate for short-term IR, meaning he could be on the initial 53, only to revert there the following day. That would allow the Giants to bring back Garcia, a veteran who is not subject to waivers. They could also seek upgrades at that spot around the league. There’s a chance that the starting left guard is not on the roster, especially with Ezeudu missing a lot of practice time in recent weeks. Feliciano is the starting center with plenty of opportunity for upgrades behind him. Mbaeteka should make it through waivers and to the practice squad, where he can continue his development.
In: Daniel Bellinger, Tanner Hudson, Chris Myarick
Out:  Austin Allen
Breakdown: Expect some movement in this spot, either on the waiver wire, in a trade or with a free agent. Bills’ Tommy Sweeney is on the bubble in Buffalo and the North Jersey native could fit nicely in a return to Daboll’s offense. Bellinger is the lone constant and he suffered a concussion in the preseason finale.
In: Leonard Williams, Dexter Lawrence, Jalyn Holmes, Justin Ellis, D.J. Davidson, Nick Williams
Out: David Moa, Ryder Anderson
Breakdown: Nick Williams has made a push for a sixth lineman. He could also replace Ellis since Lawrence is slated to play nose tackle in base defense. How much the Giants will be in base remains to be seen. Anderson made a strong bid for a spot, but likely will have to settle for the practice squad. Jihad Ward will also see time as a down lineman in sub packages. Ellis could wind up getting released, only to return when a spot opens up later in the week.
In: Kayvon Thibodeaux, Azeez Ojulari, Jihad Ward, Oshane Ximines, Elerson Smith
Out: Tomon Fox, Quincy Roche
Breakdown: Thibodeaux, Ojulari and Ward are locks. Smith is sidelined with a foot injury, so that complicates his chances. He’ll likely be an IR candidate if carried on the initial 53. Roche and Ximines are competing for one spot if Smith makes it. This could be a pressure point for a trade. Fox played well in the preseason game against the Bengals. His development could make this interesting, but practice squad should be an option.
In: Blake Martinez, Tae Crowder, Micah McFadden, Cam Brown, Carter Coughlin
Out: Austin Calitro
Breakdown: Martinez’s presence has been a welcomed sight, and he’s continued to make progress toward a full workload. Beavers’ ACL was a brutal blow to him and the position as a whole. He was going to have an impact. Brown and Coughlin (and Calitro) will have to show they can be assets on special teams with more of an impact to solidify their spots. Will give Brown and Coughlin the nod here because of that, but expect someone from outside the organization to enter this mix. As a veteran, Calitro could return after the initial cuts without being subject to waivers.
In: Adoree’ Jackson, Aaron Robinson, Darnay Holmes, Cor’Dale Flott, Rodarius Williams
Out: Khalil Dorsey, Darren Evans, Olaijah Griffin (waived Monday), Zyon Gilbert, Harrison Hand
Breakdown: Wouldn’t be a surprise if Giants look to add here, either via the waiver wire or in free agency. Flott’s groin injury halted his development, but he played a lot vs. Jets. Williams’ progress from his ACL has slowed, so his status is worth monitoring. He could make the initial 53 and move to IR to open another spot later in the week. Gilbert, an undrafted rookie, should make it through waivers and be an option to return to the 53.
In: Xavier McKinney, Julian Love, Trenton Thompson, Dane Belton
Out: Nate Meadors, Yusuf Corker (waived Monday)
Breakdown: McKinney and Love are working well together as a top pairing. Belton fractured his collarbone, but the Giants have kept him in the mix for a roster spot, opting to not put him on injured reserve yet. Thompson and Corker have been battling all summer, and the player that loses out could land on practice squad. Meadors could be a surprise here.
In: K Graham Gano, P Jamie Gillan, LS Casey Kreiter
Out: K Ryan Santoso (waived Monday)
Breakdown: Gano and Kreiter are returnees and their consistency is key. Gillan is a newcomer, but Giants have committed to him and believe they can get a rebound this season after he struggled with the Browns. Santoso was signed to kick in the preseason game with Gano in concussion protocol.


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