Taking a Quick Projection at the Giants 53-Man Roster

I thought I would do a roster projection for the 53 man final roster for the New York Giants upcoming 2009 season. It didn’t sound that hard…until I started to try and do so. It is difficult, the complexity of roster make ups is only part of the problem.

Those who have read my posts here since I started are beginning to figure this out: I am through. I dont’ like to perpetuate misinformatoin so I wanted to know what constituted, officially, a Roster squad player. And using various different sources (The newstribune in Seattle, wikipedia-which I NEVER Only use, you have to verify things you read from wikipedia because Anyone can post whatever they want on it, and the sportsbusinessdigest.com-which was the most comprehensive). I came up with this:

There can be up to 8 members of a practice squad (I knew this, what I didn’t know was that 8 is not a number that is set and stone and can be altered from year to year), but these players can not serve more than two years on the same team’s practice squad unless the team’s active roster Never, not once, dips below 53 active players. Practice squad players must also be made up of players who have not accrued a season of N.F.L. experience (more than 6 games). There is also an exclusion that a team can get from the league that will allow a team to sign an International player who does not have citizenship in the United States or it’s territories that does not count against the practice squad limit.

The second part of the practice squad is that ALL practice squad players are Free Agents and free to sign with any team in the league, Except for within 6 days of the prior teams upcoming opponent, except for bye weeks when that moves to 10 days before the game. Furthermore, if a team signs another team’s practice squad player-they MUST keep that player on their active roster for at least 3 games AND pay that former practice squad player the rookie minimum for at least 3 weeks (nearly 300,000 dollars for a season so about 60,000 for the 3 weeks he has to stay on the active roster as opposed to the $5,200 a player makes a week on the practice squad). Teams can pay practice squad players more than 5,200 a week if they think that will be a way to ensure the player does not sign elsewhere.

In summary, practice squad is 8 (or 9 players with an international player exception) that can not be “veteran” players, and that are Free Agents at all times (thus not controlled by the team they currently play for); this makes a difference on where people are placed when you do roster projections.

I’m Going to project what I think the Giants Should Do and hopefully will do based on what I’ve seen so far, so keep that in mind.

QB (2): Eli Manning, David Carr.

This is where the practice squad stuff gets difficult. Eli Manning has played in every single game every season, doesn’t take that many sacks (28, 25, 27, 27 the past four seasons, in comparison Mcnabb has taken 23, 44 the past two seasons-the two seasons prior to that he played in no more than 10 games in any season) so unless something bad happens Manning will take every snap this year so there is probably no reason to keep 3 QB’s on the active roster. I mean there could be a serious issue where Manning gets hurt and then Carr gets hurt, but that seems very unlikely.

The hard part would be deciding who to part with between Bomar and Woodson. I would say keep Bomar to the practice squad and let Woodson go.

This is what I would do, my guess is that the Giants will keep 3 on their active roster and move one to the Scout team because I can see Coughlin gambling and being hung out to dry by a decision like this. What doesn’t help the cause is the Giants don’t have an Antwan Randel El, Dennis Dixon, Hines Ward emergency QB type of player who has college QB experience.

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