NFL roster cuts 2018: 10 recently released players who could interest the Giants

 The 4 p.m. deadline for the New York Giants Color
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, and the rest of the NFL, to trim their
rosters to 53 players has come and gone. But that doesn’t mean that the roster
shuffling is over with and this 53-man roster is the one with which the Giants
will take the field against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Well over 1,000 players
have just lost their roster spots, and at least some of them could be
improvements at certain spots for the Giants’ depth chart.Between the waiver
wire and veteran free agents, here are 10 players who might interest the Giants.
The Giants shouldn’t be looking for starters among the rest of the league’s
castoffs, but they might find useful depth or players to develop who were forced
off the roster due to the numbers game.Offensive lineJonathan Cooper (OG) -
Cooper has been on five teams since being drafted seventh overall in 2013. He
has never capitalized on the athleticism that got him drafted so highly, but
teams keep giving him chances. He is coming off an injury but could be an
upgrade to the Giants’ interior offensive line depth.Austin Howard (OT) - Howard
was a solid right tackle for the Baltimore Ravens. However, the 31-year-old,
6-foot-7, 330-pound tackle seemed to regress badly after being signed by the
Indianapolis Colts. However, the Giants wouldn’t need him to be a starter, just
a better back-up option than Chad Wheeler.Dorian Johnson (OG) - Johnson was
considered one of the top offensive line prospects to come out in 2017, but fell
to the 4th round after being diagnosed with a liver condition. He struggled in
his rookie training camp and was released by the Arizona Cardinals. Johnson was
praised in college for his easy movement in pass protection and run blocking, as
well as his power. He could be intriguing developmental depth.Linebacker Kevin
Minter (ILB) - Minter was drafted by the Arizon Cardinals in the second round of
the 2013 draft. He spent the first four years of his career with the
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, having his best years with new Giants
defensive coordinator James Bettcher. Scooby Wright III (ILB) - Another familiar
face for Bettcher, Wright was signed off the Cleveland Browns’ practice squad in
December of 2016. Wright isn’t an athletic linebacker, but he is incredibly
instinctive and plays with a great competitive fire. He was also insanely
productive at Arizona, notching 164 tackles, 31.5 tackles for a loss, and 15
sacks in his 2014 season (only played three games in 2015).CornerbackTony
Lippett - Well known to Giants’ DB coach Lou Anarumo, Lippett is a 6-2 former
wide receiver. He is returning from a torn Achilles, but he has impressive
measurables and upside.Quenton Meeks - A surprise cut from the Jacksonville
Jaguars who signed him as an undrafted free agent this off-season, Meeks is a
well put together corner at 6-1, 210 pounds with easy hips and quick feet. Meeks
is also the son of a long-time NFL coach and has a reputation as a smart player
with a strong work ethic in the film room.Cre’von LeBlanc - Another undersized
slot corner, LeBlanc isn’t a great athlete, but he has quick feet, and excellent
footwork to match receivers in short areas — not to mention an aggressive play
style.KickerDan Bailey - Bailey might have been THE surprise cut of 2018. Bailey
has been one of the best kickers in the NFL since his second season. Bailey had
a down 2017 season, making just 75 percent of his field goal attempts (none
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more than 90 percent of his attempts. The Giants could believe that the odds are
better that he will improve than will Aldrick Rosas. Daeshon Hall (DL/EDGE) -
Dave Gettleman drafted Hall for the Panthers in the third round of the 2017
draft. Hall has a powerful lower body, long (35-inch) arms, and the frame to
either fill a role similar to Kareem Martin or Romeo Okwara as an outside
linebacker on base downs who plays on the defensive line in nickel situations.
He could add muscle and play the 5-technique. 2018 Waiver Wire
OrderOrderTeamOrderTeamFun bonusesThese players might not be on the Giants’
radar, but they could be fun additions. Doran Grant - Drafted out of Ohio State
in 2015, Grant is a former All Big 10 selection, Grant is short at 5-10, but is
still a stout 200 pounds. He is experienced in press coverage and has the
quickness to play in the slot. Braxton Miller (WR) - Miller is a converted
quarterback, who is still learning the wide receiver craft, but he is an
incredible athlete who is dangerous with the ball in his hand. The Giants might
want to try and develop a talent capable of plays like this: Dimitri Flowers
(H-back) - This is a personal desire. Flowers wasn’t one of the best players in
the 2018 NFL Draft, but the fullback/h-back from Oklahoma was one of my favorite
players to watch on tape. He was also a favorite target for Baker Mayfield. It
isn’t often you find a player capable of lead blocking or catching a pass and
picking up a chunk gain from the backfield or slot. The Giants want to use
alignments to isolate defenders and force mismatches, and a player with Flowers’
skill set could be a weapon for them.Who would you like to see the Giants sign
or claim off waivers? Will Hernandez played college football for UTEP, a
Conference USA school that stumbled to an 0-12 record in 2017. Going from that
bumbling mid-level college program to the NFL was a massive jump for the New
York Giants’ 2018 second-round pick.Hernandez surrendered five sacks in his
first seven games, but none since. His improvement has been a big part of why
the Giants’ offensive line has been better the second half of the season.On
Friday, offensive line coach Hal Hunter explained why he believes Hernandez has
gotten better.“Will had come from a little bit smaller program (UTEP) so he
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, so he had to jump a couple levels and get thrown
in there right away. I think one thing that’s helped him is he’s been able to
adjust to the speed of the game,” Hunter said. “The guys he’s playing against
are better than any guys he’s played against, he’s playing against the best guys
in the country, the best three techniques, so he’s locked up. I think he’s
learned to adjust to the speed of the game.”Hunter said Hernandez has made fewer
mistakes as the season has progressed.“Pro offenses are so much more
complicated, we ask you to learn so much more and you get less rep time, and so
I think that’s been an accomplishment,” Hunter said. “I’ve seen him grow over
the year, over the season, being able to understand – his missed assignments
have gone way (down). “The first and second half of the season is like night and
day in terms of knowing what to do. You just see him reacting quicker and
quicker and quicker, where early in the season sometimes a guy would make a
move, maybe a stunt and he was a step behind that. Now he’s to the point where
he’s anticipating the stunt.”Young defensive linemen developingThird-round pick
B.J. Hill and fifth-round pick R.J. McIntosh are both expected to be important
cogs in the Giants’ defensive front in 2019. Hill, with five sacks, has had an
excellent rookie year. McIntosh has played limited snaps (only two last week)
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, summer and more than half the season with an
undisclosed illness.Defensive line coach Gary Emanuel spoke Friday about both
players.On Hill ...“He continues to get better each week. He’s getting better
and what you want to see is a young player just keep developing in certain areas
of the game. He’s getting better against the run, he’s better with his
technique,” Emanuel said. “The big thing with all young guys, you have to work
on consistency, and them handling a heavy workload was good to see.”On McIntosh
...“He started late, so he’s just – it’s really his preseason almost. Kind of
getting his feet under himself,” Emanuel said. “He missed training camp, he
missed the preseason games, so that’s eight weeks of football he really missed,
so he’s just now starting to wind into shape and getting back and getting
healthy and things of that nature, so we’re anticipating him to continue to get
better.”Around the Inter-GoogleLeonard: As Odell Beckham's season comes to a
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