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Back to the roster, word from Garafolo via twitter was that the Giants were trying to make a trade for Austin before they would cut him. Obviously no one was interested. When you have to cut your #2 pick from 2 years ago, it is never good. There is a lot of pride that goeth before the fall. The Giants were surely hoping for a face-saving trade from the large investment that has not panned out. Two years ago, we liked the player but did not like the move. Why? Because the Giants were once again short on LBer and long on DL, so what position did they pick again? DL. It was an exasperating move, if only because this site has also been leery of big investments in DT. We liked Linval Joseph as a player very much, but here it is the Giants have made such heavy investments in JPP, Joseph, Austin... and ... what at LBer in Rounds 1-3? Zippo. Even this year, again, Hankins at DT in Round 2 and Moore at DE in Round 3. So should it surprise anyone that the Giants were trying to get some kind of refund on Austin before cutting him? When you bring in Jenkins and Patterson, and when you draft DL seemingly every pick in Rounds 1-3 for a while now, it has to hurt the balance elsewhere on the team. For the biggest bald spot, try LINEBACKER, where the team only has 5 on the roster. FIVE! And as we noted a week ago, only Rivers (when healthy) is going to be a starter anywhere else in the league, as the others are (to politely quote Carl Banks) "inconsistent."
The Giants have invested heavily at DL. When your team takes 5 Defensive Linemen in Rounds 1-3 out of a total of 12 in the last 4 years, one would hope you'd be "loaded." We understand that DL is important in today's NFL. But when it leaves another position barren, it has to cost you. The Giants are likely to scour the other 31 teams' cuts to find a LBer to fill out the roster, but there is an easier way- just draft a LBer once in a while with a credible pick in Round 1-3.
I also totally agree. It has been my pet peeve for awhile now. The have an over-abundance of good player at defensive line and end up having to cut good players that will play on other teams. Seems a waste. Its as if Reese has a blind spot when it comes to DL/LB. This seems very strange for a team that was known for its linebackers for so long. I just don't get it.
Agree totally, Reese et al are really pushing their LBs don't matter theory to the limit. I know it's a passing league now, but unlike the G-men, the other teams use short and midrange passing as a staple of the offense, including on 3d and 5. Good LBs are still essential. And what's up with T. Sash when we're 2 safeties down going into the beginning of the season?
@Paddlepedal Another pet peeve of mine - 3rd and short and Gilbride has Eli chucking down field 30 yards instead of going for the short pass to move the chains. Drives me NUTS. Those long passes work every so often but opposing defenses must see them coming a mile away.
Yep, and with the defenses seeing it coming it all depends on whether Cruz and Nicks can outjump the guys hanging all over them and hold the ball before getting crushed. Seems like a dumb way to try to move the chains, which is one reason why the Gmen have been posting such bad 3d down stats and why everyone else makes sure they have a short passing game.
And especially with the O line still a work in progress, they probably ought to consider some quicker plays
I never understood trying to trade right before the cut deadline: it's a clear indication that you'll be releasing the guy, isn't it ? Then why would any GM trade for it when there's a 90% chance the player will be available for nothing a few hours later ?
I was really surprised when we only kept 5 LBs. First that's not a lot and second Bosworth seemed somewhat deserving of a roster spot.
I had Austin cut in my "projection" of the 53. I thought he never showed much and Rogers and Patterson looked good. Rogers even looked fast, what about that ? I like our DT rotation.
On the other side of the ball we have 4 Tes, what's up with that ? I haven't watch Donnell closely. Myers can't block to save his life while Pascoe seems to gradually improve in that department.
Good to have the comments back.