The Giants are coming off yet another disappointing season, which saw them come 3rd in a very poor NFC East and fire long-time head coach Tom Coughlin. Now, having promoted offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo to head coach, the Giants went mad in free agency, adding several high profile free agents. Those additions coupled with their 6 draft picks and there are several veterans who will now find themselves in a fight for their roster spot.
Victor Cruz, WR
It really wasn’t long ago that Cruz was New York’s sweetheart and was meant to be one of core members of this roster for years to come. But injuries and spotty play have kept him from living up to the immense expectations, playing just 20 games in the last 3 seasons. Furthermore, now that Odell Beckham is firmly entrenched as the top receiver, and second round pick Sterling Shepard figures to play a similar role to Cruz in this offense, it wouldn’t be surprise if Cruz finds himself among the Giants roster cuts.
Jasper Brinkley, LB
The Giants had one of the worst defenses in NFL last year and Brinkley was a starter for just over the last half of it. Linebacker was one of many weaknesses for this defense so they addressed it this offseason, adding Keenan Robinson from the Redskins and drafting B.J. Goodson out of Clemson. Those two, along with Uani ‘Unga, figure to all make Brinkley expendable.
Andre Williams, RB
Williams burst onto the scene in his final year of college football, rushing for 2177 yards and 18 touchdowns, at 6.1 yards per carry, on the way to coming 4th in the Heisman Trophy vote. That success, however, has not carried over to the NFL. In his career he has just 978 yards and 8 touchdowns on 305 carries. Not only does he struggle to consistently punch it in at the goal line, but he is a non-factor in the passing game. With Rishard Jennings, Shane Vereen, Orleans Darkwa and now Paul Perkins poised to have a bigger impact, Williams time with the Giants seems to be done.