The Giants will have a backup available for the inaugural season, but there is still at least one hole in the starting lineup.
Head coach Brian Dabol revealed quarterback Tyrrod Taylor is “fine” if needed on Sunday in Daniel Jones’ clash against the Tennessee Titans. Taylor suffered a back injury when he shot on grass at the conclusion of the season and did not train last week.
But the Giants have yet to decide on a fifth start to block their midfielders. Left guard Shane Lemieux has been sidelined for at least the first three games, and Davey Hamilton, Ben Bradison, Josh Izudo and Max Garcia (who can be promoted from the coaching staff) all took over as first-team representatives in his absence during training camp.
“We have a week to get the guys in and out and let these guys compete,” Daboll said.
Daboll said the rush of passes at starter Kayvon Thibodeaux (knee) and Aziz Ojulari (calf) are “day to day,” but he did not specify if either player’s qualification progressed to where he would be on the field during Tuesday’s training.
The Giants have signed corner back Fabian Moreau, who has played 76 games with 34 starts, to the coaching staff and cut corner back Harrison Hand. Morrow accumulated 181 tackles and six interceptions over four seasons with the Washington and one with the Hawks before being released last month by the Texans.
With Adoree’ Jackson locked in as start one, Giants sophomore year pro Aaron Robinson is hoping to grab the job on the other side of the court. It didn’t happen in training camp, when Robinson was targeted by opposing midfielders and flag-throwing officials. Morrow, 28, provides insurance.
By putting Moreau on the coaching staff initially, the Giants can use one of Sunday’s weekly game day hikes. His removal from the 53-man roster until at least the second week allows the Giants, in trouble with the salary cap, to avoid ensuring Moreau’s entire salary for the season.
Daboll refused to shed any light on the bizarre decision to release the captain twice and start turning right back Blake Martinez – including whether it was an injury or depth scheme because he didn’t make any salary cap savings, and what changed between Martinez who survived day one Tuesday. Cut off the list and Thursday parting of the ways.
“Every decision we make to release a player is always difficult,” Daboll said. “Just like all of our guys, I’d like to say good luck to Blake.”
Tae Crowder tops the depth chart that includes pioneer Austin Calletro, rookie Micah McFadden and special teams – first previous draft picks for Carter Coughlin and Cam Brown. The Giants play 3-4 base with two inner linebackers but spend a lot of time packing nickels.
“The guys we have on the list, we have confidence in,” Daboll said. The inner back points are interchangeable.
Fan-favorite Sandro Platzgummer was released Monday in a procedural move. The Austrian medical student is expected to return to the coaching staff for the third consecutive year with an international exemption, so it does not count against the 16-player limit.