Once Super Bowl XLVIII concludes over the weekend at MetLife Stadium between the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks, it will put the final seal on the 2013 season and the New York Giants can make their official preparations for the 2014 campaign.
The first step towards the 2014 season is the unfortunate roster cuts and going over which pending free agents will or will not be coming back and it looks like two veteran players from last year's squad will likely not be back for a third tour of duty with the Giants, as outside linebacker Keith Rivers and defensive tackle Shaun Rogers are not expected to be back in 2014, reports The Star-Ledger.
It should come as no surprise that both players departures are to be expected considering both came off very disappointing tenures with the team; Rogers especially since he landed on season-ending injured reserve in both seasons with the Giants.
Rogers was originally signed to the Giants on the day of the 2012 NFL Draft and was expected to compete for heavy playing time as a run-stuffer and big body in the middle of the defensive line, but a clot in his leg ended his seasons before he could ever make it to the regular season and didn't take a single snap for the team. He was re-signed for 2013 on a one-year deal with hopes of again, being a part of their defensive tackle rotation and clogging up the middle of the line and stuffing the run.
Rogers was able to stay healthy for the first seven of the team's eight games of the season, but a nagging knee injury was what did Rogers in and eventually, landed him on season-ending IR for a second straight year. In his seven games, Rogers collected nine total tackles and no sacks.
Rivers arrival was at the time considered a big deal back in April of 2012, as he was acquired two weeks before the draft from the Cincinnati Bengals for a fifth round pick with hopes of turning around a floundering career after being drafted in the first round of the 2008 NFL Draft by Cincinnati, but he was anything but impactful.
In his first season with New York, Rivers played in 11 of the team's 16 games and made just 44 tackles on the outside, but because Jerry Reese believed in Rivers potential, he re-signed him to a one-year deal with hopes of showing the team the kind of big-play ability he possessed with the Bengals and back when he was with USC, but it wasn't meant to be in 2013, as many considered him to be "an invisible guy" on the field.
Rivers did play all 16 games for the Giants and stayed healthy, but again, managed just 45 tackles with a sack and hardly played on third down situations because he struggled against the pass, but was decent in run-stopping situations.
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