Three 2010 Draft Picks Bite The Dust
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Posted Sep 3, 2011


Say goodbye to DE Adrian Tracy, P Matt Dodge, and MLB Phillip Dillard, all drafted in 2010. Say hello to new punter Steve Weatherford.

Guess we can officially call the 2010 draft a bust.

Thanks to Saturday's final cutdown to the 53-man roster, the Giants officially have just three active players on the roster from that draft -- budding star DE Jason Pierre-Paul, still-developing DT Linval Joseph, and reserve OL Mitch Petrus. Three others, MLB Phillip Dillard, DE Adrian Tracy, and P Matt Dodge, were waived as part of the cutdown, and S Chad Jones is still rehabbing from a horrible car accident last year.

Making the roster in their place were 2011 sixth-round linebackers Greg Jones and Jacquian Williams, veteran punter Steve Weatherford, and seventh-round RB Da'Rel Scott, who forced his way into the field with a pair of long touchdown runs against the Bears and Patriots.

Undrafted free agent LBs Mark Herzlich, a survivor of Ewing's sarcoma, and Spencer Paysinger also made it, at least for now. The nature of the roster will undoubtedly change once other cuts around the league clear waivers.

But for now, the Giants will have a young, young, young corps of linebackers playing behind starters Michael Boley, Jonathan Goff, and Mathias Kiwanuka.

Backup quarterback Sage Rosenfels was placed on injured reserve because of the case of strep that kept him sidelined half the preseason. And the team terminated the contracts of six veterans: wide receiver Michael Clayton, tight end Daniel Coats, guard Ikechuku Ndukwe, center Chris White, defensive tackle Gabe Watson and kicker Rhys Lloyd.

Nineteen others wound up among the 27 roster moves: Dillard, Tracy, Dodge, QB Ryan Perrilloux, RBs Andre Brown and Charles Scott, TEs Christian Hopkins, WR Darius Reynaud, OTs Jamon Meredith and Jarriel King, C Jim Cordle, DEs Ayanaga Okpokowuruk, Craig Marshall, Alex Hall and Justin Trattou and Dwayne Hendricks and DBs Joe Burnett, David Sims and Jerrard Tarrant.

TE Hopkins, DT Hendricks, S Sims, DE Trattou, and DE Okpokowuruk could find their way back to the practice squad.

"Some of the guys are really hurt," Tom Coughlin said of the toughest day for any coach or player. "Some of them were shocked. This is a day when their expectations – you teach them to aim high and they pretty much all aimed high.

"There was some reality there, too. When you tell them that this time around, unfortunately, it’s not going to work, it’s a difficult thing. It’s part of the business. I’ve done it for a lot of years. We do things as a team here. It doesn’t get any easier. It’s not as pleasant a day as some."

"That’s what’s difficult about a guy like Clayton going. If I was a young guy, I’d be following him around."

Here's the roster rundown, as it stands now.

OFFENSE (25)

Quarterbacks (2): Eli Manning, David Carr

Running Backs (4): Ahmad Bradshaw, Brandon Jacobs, D.J. Ware, Da’Rel Scott

Fullbacks (2): Bear Pascoe, Henry Hynoski (Pascoe also plays tight end)

Wide Receivers (6): Hakeem Nicks, Mario Manningham, Domenik Hixon, Devin Thomas, Victor Cruz, Jerrel Jernigan

Tight Ends (2): Travis Beckum, Jake Ballard

Offensive Linemen (9): David Diehl, Chris Snee, Kareem McKenzie, Will Beatty, David Bass, Stacy Andrews, Mitch Petrus, James Brewer, Kevin Boothe

DEFENSE (25)

Defensive Linemen: (8): Justin Tuck, Osi Umenyiora, Chris Canty, Linval Joseph, Jason Pierre-Paul, Rocky Bernard, Dave Tollefson, Jimmy Kennedy

Linebackers (7): Mathias Kiwanuka, Jonathan Goff, Michael Boley, Jacquian Williams, Mark Herzlich, Greg Jones, Spencer Paysinger

Cornerbacks (5): Corey Webster, Aaron Ross, Michael Coe, Brian Williams, Prince Amukamara

Safeties (5): Antrel Rolle, Deon Grant, Kenny Phillips, Tyler Sash, Derrick Martin

Specialists (3)

Kicker (1): Lawrence Tynes

Punter (1): Steve Weatherford

Long Snapper (1): Zak DeOssie

Wide receiver Ramses Barden and offensive lineman Adam Koets are on the physically unable to perform list.

Coughlin said it wasn't easy going with Weatherford over Dodge, especially since Dodge had a good camp and decent performances in the preseason games. But Weatherford had the overall consistency.

“That was a tough, tough decision," Coughlin said. "It was a tough call and a difficult thing to talk to Matt. He responded in a class manner and made it very easy. He came in with a smile on his face.

"We talked about the competitiveness of it. I told him it sometimes takes awhile for a punter to develop. I saw tremendous improvement on Matt’s part this year. I saw his growth and maturity and focus, which was illustrated most by a game here at home when he was booed by our fans and he punted the ball 63 yards and after that I didn’t hear much. I think that was one example of the way the guy had grown up.

"I think in training camp, neither punter really missed a punt. Some weren’t as good as others. They both did an outstanding job and it was not an easy decision to make."



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