GIANTS' PRACTICE SQUAD SLEEPERS TO WATCH
"Who Makes The Giants Practice Squad?
That is a good question.
Giants will have probably their bestpractice squad in recent years in 2012.
Usually, the Giants philosophy is to re-sign the best eight players they cut who
fit into their system. Now that may not always translate into the most talented
player as GM Jerry Reese and Head Coach Tom
Coughlin have always stressed in practice squad players a high level of
intelligence along with talent.
They want kids who can learn their
assignments and get through a practice with a minimal amount of mistakes.
Because of that you can have players with more “talent” left off the squad
because he can’t learn the playbook!
The Giants have done very well in
most recent years with their practice squad players. Some have found themselves
on the 53 man roster and contributed on game day. The Giants, along with every
other team in the NFL are required to carry up to 8 players on the practice
An NFL practice squad player makes roughly $5200 per week for
developing and hopefully making the 53 man roster. Often is the case that a
player on the practice squad could be released and then re-signed within a
week’s span; which was the case for Giants QB Ryan Perrilloux.
For 2012, the Giants will have difficult decisions to make
regarding who to keep and who not to keep on the practice squad, as the number
of candidates has grown and the Giants can only assign up to 8. The following is
my final assessment of who makes the Giants practice squad in
Ryan Perrilloux (QB): Perrilloux
seemed to have been on a merry go round in 2011, as the Giants released him and
then re-signed him a number of times. Still, I believe the Giants like his
makeup enough and have him on the 2012 practice squad
Julian Talley (WR): Talley is a Victor
Cruz clone in appearance and the Giants can only hope that he develops
into a Victor Cruz in ability. The former WR out of Umass will
get a long hard look during training camp, but with the current depth on the
Giants WR squad; Talley will most likely end up on the practice
Matt McCants (OT): McCants will have every
opportunity to make this team. However; with the signing of Sean
Locklear and the drafting of Brandon Mosley.
McCants could find himself starting out the year on the
practice squad and possibly returning as the year unfolds.
Hendricks (DT): Hendricks will have an extremely tough time making the
53 man roster with the recent arrival of Rogers, the drafting
of Kuhn and the return of Austin at DT. Now
this can all change if Rogers has nothing left in the tank and
Kuhn’s is a bust. Then Hendricks has a shot at
the 53 man roster, but in my opinion; Rogers and
Kuhn will outplay him.
Adewale Ojomo (DE):
Ojomo is a project and I could be reaching here. However; from all the
reports and video I’ve seen Ojomo, the Giants would be wise to
assign Ojomo to the practice squad. The former Miami Hurricane
has untapped talent and maybe, just maybe the Giants can have him develop at his
own pace and hopefully produce another pass rusher in the
Jack Muasau (OLB): Muasau is from a small school
(Georgia State) and didn’t get the exposure he deserved. Described as a tackling
machine with an endless motor, Muasau will impress in training
camp, but will eventually find himself on the Giants 2012 practice
Janzen Jackson (S): Jackson is a solid player who
had personal issues in college; which effective his draft stock. I believe the
Giants have enough depth at the safety position and would most likely place
Jackson on the practice squad. Jackson will show enough during
training camp and preseason games to warrant the assignment.
some names I left off that many may feel should have been added to this list.
Players like Joe Martinek, Christian Hopkins, Adrian Tracey and
David Douglas come to mind. I believe that
Martinek will make the 53 man roster, Hopkins
could start the year on the 53 man roster and Tracey and
Douglas are long shots making the practice
Footnote: Rod Smith (WR) is the only non-drafted
player to go from the practice squad to a Pro Bowler. He is also the only
non-drafted WR to amass over 10,000 yards in receiving."