This is the time of year in the NFL when veterans fear for their professional lives. Every season, we see good, useful players thrown to the curb because someone younger, cheaper, and almost as talented can ably fill their roster spot. For the New York Giants, there are a number of veterans across the depth chart who are looking over their shoulder right now.
We already discussed J.T. Thomas and Will Tye in detail. Each one is on the bubble, as far as making the team’s active roster is concerned. There are only 53 spots to go around, and Thomas and Tye each play deep positions for the Giants. Besides those two, let’s run through other guys who may be on the way out.
Geno Smith or Josh Johnson, Quarterback
One of them is not making the team. Eli Manning and Davis Webb are locks for the first and third QB spots. Either Smith or Johnson will be named the backup. Which it is will depend on how they perform in workouts and the preseason. This decision will probably come down to the wire.
Shaun Draughn or Orleans Darkwa, Running back
Like at quarterback, there isn’t enough room for both of these guys, and the loser will likely be determined by their actions in the preseason. Darkwa has the edge of being familiar with this team and this offense. Draughn may simply be the better and more versatile player, though.
Rahim Moore and/or Mykkele Thompson and/or Nat Berhe, Safety
We have three safety spots sewn up with Landon Collins, Darian Thompson, and Andrew Adams. There will be at least one more safety who makes the active roster, but that may be it. It is possible that any of Moore, the other Thompson, or Berhe make the team; they could also all be cut in favor of a rookie or young player. Thompson and Berhe are both still young themselves, but neither has been able to stay healthy. 2017 may be their last shot with the Giants. And with Moore, his veteran presence may not be needed after how dominant and downright filthy the secondary was and still can be. New York would surely hate to just give up on these guys, but the roster crunch is unavoidable.