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Which Giants Earned A 53-Man Roster Spot?

Now that the preseason is over and the regular season is just under two weeks away, the NY Giants must cut down their roster to 53. However, some surprises could occur thanks to players who made a name for themselves during this time.

The Giants wrapped up their preseason slate Sunday as they lost to the Jets 31-27, finishing the preseason 2-1. Most of the projected starters for the team didn’t end up playing, but key players like Kenny Golladay, Blake Martinez, and Wan’dale Robinson got to play a few series. It was surprising to see Golladay specifically out there for so long with the backups, but he hasn’t played up to his contract, so it was an excellent opportunity to get more reps.

The game was a final interview for players fighting to make the team. Guys on the bubble had the opportunity to put one more game on tape to showcase their talent and convince the decision makers that they deserve to be on the final 53-man roster. The deadline to cut the roster down to 53 is Tuesday evening, so a good performance could stick in the coach’s brain. Three players showcased not just in Sunday’s game but all preseason that they deserve a roster spot.

1. WR David Sills

The Giant’s expansive receiver room has been a topic of conversation all off-season. Kenny Golladay and Kadarius Toney didn’t score a touchdown last season. Instead, they drafted Wan’dale Robinson in this year’s NFL draft’s second round. Sterling Shephard has finally worked his way back from a torn Achilles injury he suffered late last season. Then, Colin Johnson tore his ACL after a strong showing during training camp to put the exclamation point on it. This is where David Sills comes into the mix about making the roster.

Sills has been on and off the Giants roster since 2019. He has had a couple of solid showings during previous training camps but has never found a way to carve out his role. With the injury to Johnson and a couple of nice plays over the past month, Sills could be poised to make the roster. He has also found an excellent connection with QB Daniel Jones. The two have connected ever since Sills found his way on the Giants. It’s possible that if Sills makes the team, he could have a role in this Giants offense this season.

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2. LB Austin Calitro

A name that most Giants fans haven’t even heard of, Calitro has bounced around the NFL since he went undrafted in 2017 out of Villanova. Since then, he’s been on the Seahawks, Jaguars, Broncos, Bengals, and finally, the Giants. He’s been a journeyman in the league but may have a chance to stick with a team.

He has had a solid showing during the Giant’s preseason games this year, starting with an interception in their first game against the Patriots. Calitro picked it off in the fourth quarter after tipping the ball to himself. He then had three solo tackles against the Bengals, and in the preseason finale against the Jets, he had his best game yet. He recovered a fumble in the first quarter caused by Micah McFadden.

Then in the second quarter, he returned an INT off Joe Flacco to the house for the TD. It was a clever play by Calitro as he dropped back in coverage after pursuing Flacco, which may have confused the QB. Later in the game, Calitro also made a tackle for loss and was a part of a turnover on downs as he stopped the running back in his tracks on short yardage. It was a solid showing from Calitro, and he could find his way towards a roster spot through special teams. 

3. RB Jashaun Corbin

Saquon Barkley is the talk of the Giant’s running back room. He’s in the final year of his contract, and a big year from him could go a very long way in determining if he’s on the roster next year. Behind Barkley this year are a lot of talented players who will be chomping at the bit for as much playing time as they can. One player who has played very well this preseason and has earned his way on the Giants is Jashaun Corbin.

Corbin is an undrafted free agent out of Florida State. He had 1,159 all-purpose yards in his final season with the Seminoles and was a threat running the ball and as a pass catcher. He was signed by the Giants after the draft and has shown his electric abilities since. Against the Patriots, he rushed for 23 yards on six attempts and caught five passes for 28 yards. In the next game against the Bengals, he had a similar day but added a touchdown to his name.

In the final preseason game against the Jets, he again put up solid numbers with a touchdown in the fourth quarter. The battle for Corbin is beating out Gary Brightwell, who was drafted in the 6th round in last year’s draft. Brightwell has looked good during training camp but hasn’t cleared the pack. It depends on what the Giants’ front office is looking for, but Corbin has a good chance at making this roster in some capacity.



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