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Petrus, who the Giants drafted in the fifth round in 2010 out of Arkansas, has played in 17 games and started three for New York over the past two seasons, but was released Saturday in favor of Jones. Jones spent his rookie season in 2011 on practice-squad rosters with the Dolphins and Ravens, but New York claimed him after Philadelphia waived him on Friday. It's not known what caused Jones to fail his physical, but regardless, something drew a red flag and he will not be on the Giants' roster this year.
The New York Giants roster has been set...for now. Tom Coughlin and the Giants made their final roster cuts, trimming the roster down to 53. Ryan Perrilloux and D.J. Ware were just two of the many cuts made by the Giants brass.
As always, the folks over at Big Blue View posted some reaction to the cuts:
When camp started I thought D.J. Ware might be in trouble. Andre Brown and Da'Rel Scott just performed too well, and it seems the Giants decided they had already seen the best of what Ware could give.
The strong play of David Wilson in the preseason likely sealed Ware's fate.
Elsewhere on the offensive front, a young wide receiver didn't make the cut:
The Giants decided to part ways with impressive undrafted free agent David Douglas. I really should have seen that coming. The Giants don't part with draft picks (Barden, Jernigan) lightly, and coach Tom Coughlin loves Hixon. The Giants would seemingly like to get Douglas to the practice squad, but indications are that is not likely to happen. There appears to be a good amount of interest in Douglas from other NFL teams.
With plenty of teams searching for young wide receivers, it seems likely that Douglas will end up on another roster by the beginning of next week.
Be sure to check out the entire roster breakdown over at Big Blue View.
Terrell Thomas and Shaun Rogers were placed on season-ending Injured Reserve, and veteran running back Danny Ware was waived Friday as the New York Giants reached the 53-man roster limit. Neither Thomas nor Rogers was given the short-term IR designation, meaning they cannot be brought back this season.
[See more about the roster moves at Big Blue View]
Let go were: Danny Ware (RB), Greg Jones (LB), David Douglas (WR), Dan DePalma (WR), Craig Marshall (DE), Matt Broha (DE), Dwayne Hendricks (DT), Jake Muasau (LB), Larry Donnell (TE), Matt McCants (OT), Selvish Capers (OL), Stephen Goodin (OL), Ryan Perrilloux (QB), Laron Scott (DB/KR), Isiaih Stanback (WR), Dante Hughes (CB), Marcus Thomas (DT), Chris White (OL).
Cornerback Bruce Johnson was waived/injured.
Thomas will now spend his second consecutive season on IR due to knee problems. He has undergone two ACL surgeries and aggravated the injury early in training camp.
Undrafted free agents Adewale Ojomo, a defensive end, and Will Hill, a safety, are players who did not figure to be part of the roster when the preseason began.
Ware is a five-year NFL veteran who was the team's third-down back a season ago.
QB (2): Eli Manning, David Carr
RB (4): Ahmad Bradshaw, David Wilson, Da'Rel Scott, Andre Brown
FB (1): Henry Hynoski
WR (6): Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz, Domenik Hixon, Ramses Barden, Rueben Randle, Jerrell Jernigan
TE (3): Bear Pascoe, Martellus Bennett, Adrien Robinson
OL (9): David Diehl, Chris Snee, David Baas, Kevin Boothe, Will Beatty, Sean Locklear, Jim Cordle, Mitch Petrus, James Brewer
DE (5): Justin Tuck, Jason Pierre-Paul, Osi Umenyiora, Adrian Tracy, Adewale Ojomo
DT (4): Linval Joseph, Rocky Bernard, Markus Kuhn, Marvin Austin
LB (7): Mathias Kiwanuka, Chase Blackburn, Michael Boley, Keith Rivers, Spencer Paysinger, Mark Herzlich, Jacquian Williams
CB (5): Corey Webster, Prince Amukamara, Jayron Hosley, Michael Coe, Justin Tryon
S (4): Antrel Rolle, Kenny Phillips, Will Hill, Stevie Brown
The New York Giants have reportedly released veteran running back DJ Ware as they work to pare their roster down the 53-man regular-season limit by Friday's 9 p.m. ET deadline. Undrafted rookie free agene defensive end Adewale Ojomo, who led the team with four sacks during the preseason, has apparenty made the roster.
[Related: Follow all the moves at Big Blue View]
Ware, a five-year veteran, had his best season in 2011 when he served as the Giants' third-down back. He carried 46 times for 163 yards (3.5 yards per carry) and caught 27 passes for 190 yards. He was made expendable by the strong preseason performances of Andre Brown and Da'Rel Scott, and by the presence of first-round draft choice David Wilson.
The Giants also cut recently-signed defensive tackle Marcus Thomas, who started 11 games for the Denver Broncos a season ago.
Sash says he tested positive for the prescription drug Adderall. The Giants' second-year safety had hoped his suspension would be lifted or reduced after two cases featuring the same medicine saw punishments lessened: Giants running back Andre Brown had his suspension lifted and Texans punter Brett Hartmann's was dropped to three games. But a visit to league commissioner Roger Goodell was of no use, and the suspension remained.
Sash tested positive in July, but has claimed that his usage of the drug was completely legal and wanted explanation why his case deserved the four-game ban handed down by the league in July. However, there was no luck for the former sixth-round pick, who is expected to back up Kenny Phillips at strong safety.
One of the moves the New York Giants made Monday to reach the 75-man roster limit was to place veteran defensive tackle Chris Canty on the Physically Unable To Perform (PUP) list. Canty does not sound happy about the decision.
"It doesn’t matter how I feel about it. I was brought here to do a job and right now, they don’t feel that I could do that job. They don’t feel that it’s in the best interest of the football team for me to be playing and so that’s what it is," Canty said Monday.
Canty, entering his eighth season, had offseason knee surgery and expected to be ready some time during the preseason. It sound like Canty wants to play, but is being held back by the medical staff.
"I feel good. I feel in pretty good shape considering all the factors. I stand by the position my knee is better than it was in November, December, January of last season, but ultimately this was a decision that was made in the best interest of the football team," Canty said. "I feel like I’m close. Obviously saying that my knee is in better physical condition. Not just the way it feels, but anatomically it’s better than what it was. But at the end of the day, the coaches and medical staff feel it’s in the best interest of the team for me to be on PUP right now. So that’s what we’re doing."
Canty will be eligible to come off the PUP list after Week 6 of the regular season. Until then he cannot practice with the team.
The New York Giants and safety Tyler Sash are hoping NFL commissioner Roger Goodell either lightens or lifts the four-game suspension handed down to the second-year player for the use of Adderall. The league considers Adderall a performance-enhancing drug.
Sash left training camp on Monday afternoon to head to the league offices. He is expected to make a case and explain to the commissioner that a doctor prescribed the medication in the offseason to help him deal with anxiety.
As Sash pointed out to reporters earlier in the week, Goodell did not have to meet with him and hopes he has a chance to at least clear his name. Players have occasionally had their suspension lifted or reduced, although that is normally not the case.
For more on Sash and the Giants, be sure to check out Big Blue View.
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