On Tuesday, the New York Giants, along with the rest of the NFL, will be required to hand in their 75-man roster and let loose several players. It will be unfortunate to see some cut and we may even question the decisions made on Tuesday. We can however, get an idea of who may be facing a possible cut by how they’ve performed this preseason. And though several players have had a great preseason so far, they could still end up not making the roster due to the amount of talent that’s already set at that position.
One player that could be on the cutting block for Tuesday is cornerback Charles James II. James has had a disappointing preseason this year, and it doesn’t help that this is his second season with the team.
Things started to unravel for James when he was called in to return a punt against the Pittsburgh Steelers. With the Giants holding a 10-point lead, James failed to get into position to catch the ball cleanly and ending up muffing the ball. The Steelers recovered the ball at the Giants’ 20-yard line and brought the game back within reach. With that being his only return of the night, James was quickly pulled from returning any more punts.
Against the Jets, James failed to cover receiver Greg Salas in a slot right that went for a touchdown, but not before being called for a personal foul that set the Jets up for a first-and-10 at the Giants 11-yard line.
Another player that could end up not making the Giants regular season roster is wide receiver Mario Manningham. It would be hard-pressed to dismiss Manningham as not being good enough. That would be a complete fabrication. It is in every way possible that Manningham will get past this first round of cuts. In the past, he has more than contributed to the Giants’ success, most notably his big reception in Super Bowl XLVI.
Manningham left the Giants for the San Francisco 49ers that offseason and is back in New York looking to still be a big contributor like he was in his first stint in New York. Unfortunately for Manningham, the times have changed. The Giants went out to find pieces to take his place, resulting with the selection of Rueben Randle in 2012 and Odell Beckham Jr. in 2014. Beckham’s nagging injury has opened the floor for other receivers, but the Giants will definitely not do away with the prize of their 2014 NFL Draft. And the sudden meteoric rise of Corey Washington may have Manningham looking for another team come first week of September, which he will be successful with.
And don’t forget, when the time comes on Tuesday, Giants 101 will be here to fill you in on the Giants roster cuts. We will then see who the team still deems worthy of wearing the uniform for at least another week. May the best man continue to compete.
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