The Giants will have a vital backup available for the season opener, but there is still at least one hole in the starting lineup.
Quarterback Tyrod Taylor is “good to go” when needed on Sunday in Daniel Jones’ respite against the Tennessee Titans, head coach Brian Daboll revealed. Taylor suffered a back injury when he was slammed on the field in the preseason finale and did not practice last week.
But the Giants have yet to decide on a fifth starter to block for the quarterback. Left guard Shane Lemieux has been sidelined for at least the first three games, and Daveri Hamilton, Ben Bredesson, Josh Ejudu and Max Garcia (who could be picked up from the practice team) all made their absence during training camp. Took first-team representative in.
“We have a week to get people in and out and compete those people,” Dabol said.
Dabol said starting pass rushers Kyvan Thibodaux (knee) and Aziz Ozulari (calf) are “day-to-day”, but he would not specify whether any player’s rehab has reached the point where he is during Tuesday’s practice. will be on the field.
The Giants signed cornerback Fabian Morrow, who has played 76 career games with 34 starts, in the practice squad and cut cornerback Harrison Hand. Morrow compiled 181 tackles and six interceptions in four seasons with Washington and one with the Falcons before being released by the Texans last month.
With Adori ‘Jackson closing in as an opening corner, the Giants are hoping second-year pro Aaron Robinson will seize the job on the other side of the field. This did not happen in training camp, when Robinson was targeted by opposing quarterbacks and penalty-flag-throwing officials. Moro, 28, offers insurance.
By putting Morrow on the practice squad at the start, the Giants could use one of their two weekly game-day upgrades on Sunday. Keeping him off the 53-man roster until at least Week 2 allows the Giants, in a tight spot with the salary cap, to avoid fully guaranteeing Morrow’s salary for the season.
Dabol declined to shed any light on the curious decision to release the two-time captain and start inside linebacker Blake Martinez – including whether it was related to injury or depth charts as it saw no salary cap savings. What was not offered, and what turned out to be an early Tuesday between Martinez. Roster cut and Thursday way different.
“Every decision we make to release a player is always difficult,” Dabol said. “Like all of our people, I wish Blake all the best.”
Tae Crowder topped a depth chart that included travelman Austin Calitro, rookie Micah McFadden and the Special Team—first former draft picks Carter Coughlin and Cam Brown. The Giants play 3-4 bases with two inside linebackers but expect to spend a lot of time in the nickel package.
“We have confidence in the people we have on the roster,” Dabol said. “Inside linebacker spots are interchangeable.”
Fan-favorite running back Sandro Platzgamer was released Monday in a procedural move. The Austrian medical student is expected to join the practice squad for the third year in a row with an international exemption, so he does not count against the 16-player limit.