The New York Giants unveiled their 53-man roster and Alonzo Russell is the feel-good story out of training camp.
The New York Giants released 32 players and put five on injured reserve. They cut down their roster from 89 to 53 on Saturday as they begin their 95th season in the NFL.
We've announced our 53-man roster for the 2019 season.#GiantsPride | @Primepoint
— New York Giants (@Giants) August 31, 2019
In addition to the cuts, wide receiver Golden Tate has begun serving his four-game suspension for violating the NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances. He is eligible to return for the Giants’ Week 5 matchup against the Minnesota Vikings on Oct. 6.
One of the more notable cuts was second-year quarterback Kyle Lauletta. He was taken in the fourth round of the 2018 draft. Lauletta had a strong finish to the preseason but Pat Shurmur elected to keep veteran Alex Tanney as the team’s third quarterback to help mentor Daniel Jones.
Another notable cut was Chad Wheeler, who started 14 games at right tackle last season.
Other cuts included:
RB — Jon Hilliman
WR — TJ Jones and Reggie White, Jr.
TE — C.J. Conrad and Jake Powell
OL — Paul Adams, Evan Brown, Malcolm Bunche, and James O’Hagan
DL — Freedom Akinmoladun, Jake Ceresna, John Jenkins
LB — Joey Alfieri, Jake Carlock, Terrence Fede, Avery Moss, and Josiah Tauaefa
DB — Tenny Adewusi and Terrell Sinkfield, Jr.
P — Johnny Townsend
LS — Taybor Pepper
At the start of training camp, Alonzo Russell appeared unlikely to make the 53-man roster. However, the 6-foot-4, 218-pound wide receiver flashed hustle and effort throughout the summer. Five receptions for 92 yards and two touchdowns in the preseason finale was enough to secure his spot.
Although the 53-man roster is out, the Giants will keep an eye out for players cut from the other 31 teams. General manager Dave Gettleman will surely be on the lookout for talent.