The New York Giants made a number of cuts while adding a new crop of players in advance of their Week 1 matchup against the Jaguars.
On Saturday at 4 p.m. ET, the New York Giants announced their 53-man roster. On Sunday, they made several changes to their roster including several surprising cuts and adding six new players.
The six players that were added are defensive end Mario Edwards Jr., wide receiver Kaelin Clay, center Spencer Pulley, and defensive backs Antonio Hamilton, Mike Jordan and Kamrin Moore.
All of the new acquisitions are expected to be on the practice field on Monday when the Giants hold their first practice in preparation for their season opener on Sunday at MetLife Stadium against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
To make these additions the Giants had to part ways with six players.
The six players that the Giants parted ways with on Sunday were guard John Jerry, defensive back William Gay, quarterback Davis Webb, tight end Jerell Adams, wide receiver Hunter Sharp and defensive tackle Josh Banks.
The biggest surprise of the cuts was second-year quarterback Davis Webb. The previous regime of general manager Jerry Reese and head coach Ben McAdoo took Webb in the third round of last year’s draft in hopes he could one day be Eli Manning’s successor.
But the new regime of Dave Gettleman and Pat Shurmur obviously had doubts on whether or not Webb could be the Giants quarterback of the future and decided to waive him.
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— New York Giants (@Giants) September 2, 2018
Another surprising cut was Gay who seemed to be safe after the Giants waived safeties, Darian Thompson and Andrew Adams. Gay was brought in this offseason to play cornerback, but early in training camp was moved to safety.
Jerry has been with the team since 2014 and started every game for the Giants the previous two seasons. His streak of 39 consecutive starts was the Giants’ longest active streak at the end of the 2017 season.
Adams was a sixth-round draft choice in 2016 and played in 29 games with 24 catches for 214 yards and one touchdown.
Sharp played in the season’s final two games for the Giants last year and had five catches for 54 yards. He also had a 55-yard punt return for a touchdown in the Giants 22-16 preseason victory over the Jets.
Banks was signed as a rookie free agent last year and spent the entire season on injured reserve.