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The Tide Is Changing, But Who Has Stepped Up?

The New York Giants looked sharp as ever. The Giants marched into FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland and in a nationally televised game, dominated their division rival Washington Redskins. The 45-14 score is all you need to see to figure out that the Giants had complete control of this football game. While everyone contributed to this win, some players stood out more than others. In a hockey styled analysis, who were the Giants 3 stars?

Just Missed:

Quintin Demps-  Demps replaced Stevie Brown starting at one of the two safety slots. He was outstanding in covering the explosive Redskin receivers, and was all over the field with 7 tackles as well as one interception to compound the misery on Kurt Cousins. Impressive game.

Victor Cruz and Reuben Randle – The Giants top receiving threats had a huge night for the offense. Cruz had 6 receptions for 108 yards and Randle had 8 for 89. Cruz had a 36 yard reception that brought New York right to the goal line, and Randle had two receptions along the side lines for over 20 yards. This duo was huge in the Giants victory

Third Star: Eli Manning

Where are his critics now? Manning had a marvelous game, throwing for 300 yards and 4 touchdowns. His one interception wasn’t as much as his fault as it was the referees for making a poor call (to me at least). He also completed 28-39 passes, hovering right around the 70% goal the Giants set for him. Oh, and he also had a fifth touchdown he got on a 1 yard rush. Yes you heard that right, Eli Manning had a rushing touchdown. Crazy right?

Second Star: Larry Donnell

What a surprise Donnell has been this season. The tight end won the starting job with an impressive preseason and training camp, and hasn’t looked back since. He has arguably been the Giants best weapon this season. The undrafted sensation out of Grambling State University had 7 catches for 54 yards last night including 3 touchdowns. When asked whether or not he kept the balls, Donnell answered his question with swagger, saying no because more are coming. That’s what the Giants need.


First Star: Prince Amukamara/Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie

After getting scorched by Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate week one, these two corner backs surely came a long way. In week 3 vs the Eagles, Kirk Cousins tore apart the Eagles secondary for 427 yards. Pierre Garçon had 11 catches for 138 receiving yards, and DeSean Jackson had 5 for 107. Each had a touchdown as well.

This week?

Cousins had 257 yards and threw for 4 interceptions. Garçon and Jackson combined for 3 catches and 37 yards, not getting a single touchdown. A week after exploding for 16 catches and 245 yards, the Giants cornerbacking duo came up huge. Prince had an interception as well.

Giants Make Final Cuts, Announce 53-Man Roster

It is never easy to decide who deserves to make a team in the National Football League, even for veteran coaches like Tom Coughlin. Coughlin’s hefty task wasn’t helped out by an abundance of critical position battles in which there were no clear-cut winners.

“There were a lot of good, competitive positions, even going into Thursday night’s game with New England,” Coughlin said. “Many of the young guys were competing, not only for roster spots but for the practice squad. That is an important concept as well. It is in the best interest of the clubs to be able to go to their practice squad, if the need is there, for a player who has been in your meeting rooms the entire summer and fall.”

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Alex Trautwig/Getty Images North America

QB Curtis Painter, FB John Conner, TE Kellen Davis and DE Israel Idonije all had their contracts terminated on Saturday. Painter lost the backup quarterback job to Syracuse alum Ryan Nassib after Nassib appeared impressive in the preseason, leading to a game-winning drive and a couple of successful performances.

“Ryan Nassib made big strides,” Coughlin said. “I think that his third and fourth preseason games were outstanding. You see definite improvement. You see the work that he’s put in. He’s been a very good student and he’s applied that to the field. What I really liked is he did have a poor preseason game and he came back with two good ones. That showed me, he didn’t do it by talking, he did it by working.”

Conner lost the starting fullback job to Henry Hynoski, even though he possesses a superb work ethic and seemed solid in the preseason. “Two very good players,” Coughlin said. “Both guys can play in this league. Very, very close. Both of them are physical. They’ll knock the heck out of you. Utmost respect for John Conner, I think he’s a heck of a player and a great competitor and a good man. He doesn’t say a word, just goes and does his job. Give me all of those you can find.”

Veteran tight end Kellen Davis’s contract was terminated on Saturday, and to much surprise. Davis appeared to be the best blocker of the tight ends competing to make the committee. Daniel Fells, Adrian Robinson and Larry Donnell now compose of the Giants committee. “Hard decisions, they’re very hard decisions,” Coughlin said of the tight ends.

The termination of Idonije’s contract should also come as a big surprise. OT Mark Asper, RB Michael Cox, DB Chandler Fenner, LB Dan Fox, RB Kendall Gaskins, DB Thomas Gordon, OT Adam Gress, DB Bennett Jackson, G Jamaal Johnson-Webb, LB Terrell Manning, DT Kelcie Quarles, DE Jordan Stanton, WR Julian Talley and CB Bennett Jackson were all released from the team.

Veteran wide receivers Mario Manningham (calf) and Trindon Holliday (hamstring) were placed on injured reserve.

Bennett Jackson was the only 2014 Draft pick not to make the roster. It appeared that Coughlin had cut Charles James earlier in the week to clear up a roster spot for Jackson, but with a surplus of studs in their secondary, there was no need.

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Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Kendall Gaskins was released in favor of Peyton Hillis, while Kelcie Quarles didn’t make the team despite a good preseason. Tackle Rogers Gaines (shoulder) was also waived due to injury, and both Guard Eric Herman and Cornerback Jayron Hosley were placed on the reserve/suspended list.

Herman violated the NFL’s policy on performance enhancing substances and was suspended for four games, and Hosley did the same.

Jon Beason, a key component to the Giants defensive success last season, passed his physical and is on the 53-man roster. Beason has been sidelined since June 12th after he suffered a foot injury during an offseason practice.

This is the Giants 53-man roster, via Giants.com, which is subject to change:

Offense (25)
QB (2): Eli Manning, Ryan Nassib
RB (3): Rashad Jennings, Peyton Hillis, Andre Williams
FB (1): Henry Hynoski
WR (6): Victor Cruz, Rueben Randle, Jerrel Jernigan, Odell Beckham Jr., Preston Parker, Corey Washington
TE (3): Larry Donnell, Daniel Fells, Adrien Robinson
OL (10): Will Beatty, Geoff Schwartz, J.D. Walton, Brandon Mosley, Justin Pugh, John Jerry, Weston Richburg, Charles Brown, James Brewer, Dallas Reynolds

Defense (25)
DL (10): Mathias Kiwanuka, Jason Pierre-Paul, Cullen Jenkins, Johnathan Hankins, Robert Ayers Jr., Mike Patterson, Markus Kuhn, Damontre Moore, Jay Bromley, Kerry Wynn
LB (6): Jon Beason, Jameel McClain, Jacquian Williams, Devon Kennard, Spencer Paysinger, Mark Herzlich
DB (9): Prince Amukamara, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Antrel Rolle, Stevie Brown, Walter Thurmond III, Trumaine McBride, Quintin Demps, Nat Berhe, Zack Bowman

Special Teams (3)
Kicker (1): Josh Brown
Punter (1): Steve Weatherford
Long Snapper (1): Zak DeOssie