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New York Giants Officially Trim Roster to 53-Men; Mario Manningham, Trindon Holliday to IR

August 30th, 2014 at 4:15 PM
By Dan Benton

It was a long day that came with a lot of tough decisions, but the New York Giants did what they believed they had to do, making more than 20 total rosters moves in an effort to trim their roster to 53-men.

Some of their decisions were quite difficult and reportedly took all day to make, but in the end, there were precious few surprises. Perhaps the most unexpected was the placement of wide receivers Mario Manningham and Trindon Holliday on season-ending Injured Reserve (IR), although both are expected to receive injury settlements and be released.

The entire list of transactions and roster moves can be seen below:


  • Defensive end Israel Idonije
  • Defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles
  • Tight end Kellen Davis
  • Cornerback Bennett Jackson
  • Linebacker Dan Fox
  • Fullback John Conner
  • Offensive lineman Jamaal Johnson-Webb
  • Quarterback Curtis Painter
  • Offensive lineman Adam Gress
  • Defensive end Jordan Stanton
  • Running back Kendall Gaskins
  • Defensive back Thomas Gordon
  • Cornerback Chandler Fenner
  • Wide receiver Julian Talley
  • Running back Michael Cox
  • Linebacker Terrell Manning
  • Guard Mark Asper


  • Offensive lineman Roger Gaines



  • Offensive lineman Eric Herman
  • Cornerback Jayron Hosley

Physically Unable to Perform List:

Please keep in mind that this does not finalize the 53-man roster. Teams will begin to sign players to their practice squad tomorrow, as well as sign/release players based on waiver claims and signings post-waivers. Additionally, players who are to be placed on Injured Reserve (IR) with a designation to return will have to be carried on the active roster until Tuesday. Accordingly, we won't know the official 53-man roster heading into Detroit until then.


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26 Responses to “New York Giants Officially Trim Roster to 53-Men; Mario Manningham, Trindon Holliday to IR”

  1.  fanfor55years says:

    Only shock for me is Gaines. I thought he did very well on Thursday. But I guess they still believe in Brewer.

  2.  James Stoll says:

    Only 3 RBs and still 3 TEs
    Seems light on RBs
    3 TEs too many

    • Dan BentonDan Benton says:

      2 QB, 1 FB, 3 RB, 3 TE. Can’t afford a single injury to any position.

      •  James Stoll says:

        Pretty sure we can weather a TE injury or 2

      •  fanfor55years says:

        I think they figure the 4th TE and RB would have been JAGs so they can sign one off the couch if they need one. They may figure Conner won’t get a job elsewhere and at QB if Eli got hurt there are dozens of backups to Nassib available off the street.

        I’m not concerned about the above except at FB.

  3.  Stuart Harfenist says:

    Interesting they only kept 3 RB’s. also noticed they have an older team. They must be waiting to other teams cuts.

  4.  Stuart Harfenist says:

    They must see something in Jernigan that I don’t. Same goes for Robinson.

  5.  fanfor55years says:

    It is far from the best roster in the league. The defense and special teams have more than does the offense but they will have to get the good JPP to have the defense good enough to make up for an offense that at best should take a month to get rolling.

  6.  Krow says:

    I thought 1 of Gaskins/Cox would make it. Same for Idonije/Quarles, but less so. And yes, I thought that given the state of our OL that Gaines had a shot. He may be hurt.

  7.  Krow says:

    Only Manningham makes me sad. He’s got a chunk of NYG history. That catch will live on after him like the David Tyree grab. I hope MM saved his money.

  8.  GOAT56 says:

    Wait Wynn made it? I think we could add a RB. I don’t we have to make another more for Beason on Monday.

  9.  William says:

    You have to think that this roster is still a few tweaks from complete. The cut list for the rest of the league has got to have a few answers to this roster.

  10.  fanfor55years says:

    So, I’m still not sure about the status of Manningham and Holliday. They’re on Injured Reserve. But are both or either going to be kept there by the Giants and paid for the full year or are they going to be waived with an injury settlement?

    I would love to see the Giants pay them and keep them both available for 2015, particularly Super Mario. Hey, if nothing else they should give him his full salary (they’ll still be well under the cap) for what he did for them in the past. He was a part of what I continue to believe was the greatest play in Super Bowl history. Yeah, the helmet catch was fabulous, as was the TD pass to Plax. Yes, the throw from Roethlisberger to Holmes was a great play to win a Super Bowl. But I think five dozen quarterbacks and receivers could try to reproduce that play from Manning-to-Manningham under the circumstances and it isn’t certain that a single one of them would pull it off. It was the perfect throw, and the perfect catch. I’ve never seen anything like it. And once it was completed the entire stadium knew what was coming: another Eli Manning comeback win in the 4th quarter.

    But I’d keep Mario not only for past performance, but because if he DOES get healthy he could still be a high-quality wide receiver on a team that will need them.

    •  Jonah Zuckerman says:

      That was one catch three years ago. He still drops passes, and although he has route-running skills he blew his knee out in San Fran.

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