The New York Giants trimmed down their roster from 90 to 53 on Saturday afternoon, making some surprising decisions such as keeping four quarterbacks.
The New York Giants 53-man roster is set. Head coach Pat Shurmur and the rest of the coaching staff cut the roster from 90 to 53 on Saturday afternoon.
The Giants made some surprising moves such as cutting defensive linemen Robert Thomas and A.J. Francis.
Another surprising move was the Giants deciding to cut running backs Jalen Simmons and Jhurell Pressley. Both Simmons and Pressley enjoyed impressive preseason outings.
The Giants also parted ways with linebacker Mark Herzlich who had been with the team since 2011. With the departure of Herzlich, only Eli Manning and Zak DeOssie are the only members remaining from the Super Bowl 46 championship team.
Your 2018 #NYGiants 53-man roster. pic.twitter.com/z1FsN0ypjq
— New York Giants (@Giants) September 1, 2018
The biggest surprise move was the Giants electing to keep four quarterbacks. When the final cuts were made at 4 p.m. ET, Manning, Davis Webb, Kyle Lauletta and Alex Tanney were all on the 53-man roster.
There’s speculation that the Giants may look to trade Webb which would explain why he did not play in the preseason finale Thursday against the Patriots to avoid injury.
Below is a list of the 26 players the Giants cut on Saturday.
Running backs Jalen Simmons and Jhurell Pressley; Wide receivers Roger Lewis Jr., Kalif Raymond, Travis Rudolph, Alonzo Russell, Marquis Bundy, Amba Etta-Tawo, and Jawill Davis; Tight ends Ryan O’Malley and Garrett Dickerson; Offensive linemen Malcolm Bunche, Zac Kerin, and Victor Salako; Defensive linemen Robert Thomas, A.J. Francis, Tyrell Chavis, and Izaah Lunsford; Linebackers Calvin Munson, Warren Long, and Moss; Defensive backs Grant Haley, Mike Jones, Orion Stewart, and Adams; and kicker Marshall Koehn.
thank you new york giants for giving a kid from columbus,ohio an opportunity this past three years..teammates turned into brothers, fans turned into family loved every second. GOD always come shining through adversity, my next opportunity going be special… GOD’s plan..? pic.twitter.com/VOa0QemjKW
— Roger Lewis (@OttoLewis_) September 1, 2018
Now that the final cuts have been made the focus now shifts to Sept. 9 and the season opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars.