Call it the calm before the storm. The team is preparing their game plan and making final tweaks to their roster in advance of Monday night’s season opener against the Detroit Lions. Everything appears calm, but one knows that it is tumultuous just below the surface. Expectations are low, as the team places in the bottom half of most power rankings released this week. Tom Coughlin may have these so called “experts” right where he wants them, as Giant teams expected to perform poorly in the past have surprised.
The biggest move of the day was the signing of nine year veteran offensive lineman Adam Snyder (Featured image). Released by the San Fransisco Forty-Niners on Saturday, Snyder spend eight of his nine season in San Fransisco, half as a starter. In 2012, he started fourteen games for the Arizona Cardinals. His skills have started to fade of late, as seen in his Pro Football Focus (subscription required) ratings. Given the state of the unrestricted free agent market at this point in the season, the 6’5″, 315 pound Snyder is the best of many poor choices. He’ll provide depth and versatility along the line for the Giants, as at least 3 of Snyder’s 87 career starts have come at every position along the offensive line. In the 2011 NFC Championship game, Snyder started at left guard against the Giants.
To make room for Snyder, the Giants placed guard Geoff Schwartz on the injured reserve/designated for return list, effectively shelving their starting left guard until early November. He can practice with the team after week 6, and the first week he will be eligible to play is their week 9 post bye match-up against the Indianapolis Colts. on November 3rd.
Yesterday was tryout day, as Tuesday traditionally is in the NFL. The following is a partial list of the players who worked out for the Giants. Snyder, LB Steve Beauharnais (2013 7th Round, New England Patriots), CB Deveron Carr (2013 UDFA, Tampa Bay Buccaneers), OT Emmett Cleary ( 2013 UDFA, Indianapolis Colts), WR Juron Criner (2012 5th Round, Oakland Raiders; Played 13 games), WR Patrick Edwards (2013 UDFA. Detroit Lions), the previously reported G Adam Gettis (2012 5th Round, Washington Redskins), DT Dominique Hamilton (2012 UDFA, Oakland Raiders), WR Chris Harper (2013 4th Round, Seattle Seahawks; Spend time on San Fransisco Forty-Niners practice squad and Green Bay Packers Roster), QB Matt Scott (2013 UDFA, Jacksonville Jaguars; 2014 Camp, Cincinnati Bengals), G Will Simmons (2014 UDFA, Pittsburgh Steelers) , WR Willie Snead (2014 UDFA, Cleveland Browns), CB Rod Sweeting (2014 UDFA, New Orleans Saints) , LB Trevardo Williams (2013 4th Round, Houston Texans; 2014 Camp, Arizona Cardinals), QB Tyler Wilson (2013 4th Round, Oakland Raiders), and TE Brian Wozniak (2014 UDFA, Atlanta Falcons).
The Giants signed the 6’5″ 315 pound defensive tackle Hamilton to their practice squad, along with tight end Jerome Cummingham, who was with the team for training camp before being released on August 26th. Hamilton played college football at Missouri and also spend time on the Kansas City Chiefs practice squad. These two signings fill out the Giants practice squad at ten.
Cunningham had a strong camp and impressed coaches with his raw ability. His released during the first round of cuts prompted a Twitter reaction from his agent, Howard Shatsky, who said his client would play in the NFL and the team would regret releasing him. This may have been their plan all along. His continued development on the practice squad, combined with the dearth of talent the Giants have at the position, may result in his ascending to the active roster before season’s end.
The Giants will vote for their team captain’s tomorrow. I asked on the Giants360 Twitter account who you thought would be the elected captains for the 2014 season. @Capzby believes that Antrel Rolle, Jon Beason, Eli Manning, and Zak DeOssie will get the honors, while @FaLoose_BroWn thinks Rolle, Beason and Manning will be joined at midfield for coin tosses by Steve Weatherford. Giants360 agrees with these superfans on Rolle, Beason, and Manning, but think Victor Cruz will join Manning as an offensive Captain, and Josh Brown will be the special teams captain, having gained the respect of his teammates for fighting off the challenge of Brandon McManus over the summer. We’ll see who’s predictions are closest tomorrow.
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