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Giants have second dibs on all waiver claims this year

There are advantages to finishing with the next-to-worst record in the National Football League. First, you get to select second overall in the NFL Draft and the subsequent Supplemental Draft in July.

Then you get second dibs on any player that becomes available on the waiver wire during the season. The New York Giants already have a full roster, but there are always useful players cut or released by teams that could fill needs or serve as upgrades.

Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time on Sept. 1, clubs must reduce rosters to a maximum of 53 players on the Active/Inactive List. There are two more preseason games between now and that date and GM Dave Gettleman’s pro personnel scouts will be keeping a keen eye on the other 31 teams’ roster bubbles.

On Sept. 2, the claiming period for players placed on waivers at the final roster reduction will expire at 12:00 noon, New York time. The Cleveland Browns will have first dibs, just like they did in the NFL Draft this spring. The Giants are next in line behind Cleveland.

Positions the Giants will be looking at: offensive line, cornerback, safety and placekicker. It’s not inconceivable that Art is right about the Giants doing a deep dive into waiver wire. Remember, the cutdown rules are different this year. There’s no longer a 90-player to 75-player stage. It’s just one 90-to-53 exercise by every team on the same day.

That means they’ll nearly 1,200 players hitting the wire that day and teams better be ready make quick decisions on them. Of course, the Giants would have to be ready to make a corresponding move for each player they pick up, but the possibility that they can get even better come the beginning of the season should be an exciting prospect for fans to ponder.

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