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Players on the Giants’ Roster Bubble This Summer

The New York Giants have been building up their depth this offseason, meaning several familiar faces could be fighting for a roster spot at training camp this summer.

NFL rosters have an average yearly turnover rate of approximately 25 percent, but the Giants, who are going through a metamorphosis under general manager Dave Gettleman and new head coach Pat Shurmur, could be looking at flip rate higher than that norm.

Here are several players from last year’s roster who will be “on the bubble” at camp, which begins July 25 at the team’s headquarters in New Jersey:

OL John Jerry

Jerry was not running with the “ones” at organized team activities (OTAs) or in mini-camp. His right guard slot was being occupied by free agent Patrick Omameh.

Jerry has been pushed to the second team and with his salary at $3.05 million this year and next, Jerry becomes a target for release unless he wins a starting job. That probably in’t going to happen. Although he’s been steady, Jerry is a stark reminder of the Giants’ offensive line from the past few seasons — you know, the one that Eli Manning was fearful standing behind? The team can save $1.875M against the cap by cutting him.

TE Jerell Adams

The Giants will likely keep three tight ends at the most and Evan Engram and Rhett Ellison are two of them. Adams will be in a battle with a slew of others at camp for that third spot, if there is one.

Ryan O’Malley, Kyle Carter, Garrett Dickerson and Scott Simonson have all been brought in to challenge Adams and don’t forget that fullback Shane Smith is also in the mix.

Adams has yet to distinguish himself over his first two seasons here and with all of the receiving options already on the roster, he may not get enough reps to prove himself this August at camp.

WR Roger Lewis

Lewis has been with the Giants since 2016 and although he has flashed on occasion, he has not quite established himself as top option in the Giants’ passing attack.

After Odell Beckham, Jr. and Brandon Marshall went down last year, Lewis was asked to step up, but answered with 36 receptions on 76 targets for 416 yards and two touchdowns. He injured his ankle late in the season and underwent surgery over the winter.

Lewis is already behind OBJ, Sterling Shepard and free agent Cody Latimer on the depth chart and will have to fend off a large group of hopefuls for a roster spot this August. Chances are he does, but he’ll have to work for it.

DT Robert Thomas

Although no one has even mentioned Thomas as a roster casualty, it’s apparent that everyone on the defensive line has been put on high alert with the exception of Damon “Snacks” Harrison.

Thomas has several things going for him. He’s inexpensive, with a salary of $630K and durable, playing in 15 games last year. But the Giants have brought in a number of players they appear to want to keep: rookies B.J. Hill, R.J. McIntosh and free agents Josh Mauro, Jarron Jones and A.J. Francis.

With Harrison and Dalvin Tomlinson penciled in as the starters at defensive tackle/nose tackle, there could be little room for Thomas this season unless McIntosh, who is recovering from offseason surgery, cannot make the team and is placed on injured reserve (IR).

Chances are Thomas is kept, but that doesn’t rule out the fact that there are lot of others he must beat out in camp.

PK Aldrick Rosas

Rosas dismayed a strong leg and accuracy from long distance, but was largely inconsistent in 2017, making just 18 of 25 field goal attempts and missing three point after attempts. He also had over 51% of his kickoffs returned last season, which was third-highest in the league.

The Giants are looking for more stability out of their kicker this season, whether it be Rosas, free agent pick up Marshall Koehn or a veteran who may come onto the market at some point this summer.

DB Donte Deayon 

Not really a surprise as the team was hoping to upgrade over him anyway, although Deayon continues to battle. Deayon played only four games last year before breaking his arm and is said to be in the mix to play the slot, which was opened up after the Giants released Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.

At 5-foot-9 and 163 pounds, Deayon is undersized and he is up against some serious competition to regain the roster spot he earned a year ago. William Gay, the former Steeler, is currently lining up in the slot and free agents Curtis Riley, Teddy Williams, B.W. Webb and Chris Lewis-Harris are all vying for a role in the sub-packages.

The emergence of Penn State UDFA Grant Haley is also putting pressure on Deayon.

 

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