Cut down day is one of the worst days in professional football. It's a day in which the hopes and dreams of many are delayed, or in some cases, completely shattered. For 12 New York Giants, they were no exception, as the business side of the NFL cost them their jobs on Monday.
In an effort to trim their roster to 75 players, Big Blue placed defensive tackle Chris Canty and tight end Travis Beckum on PUP, while also ending the season of fourth-round selection Brandon Mosley, placing him on Injured Reserve (IR). In addition, the team terminated the contract of veteran defensive back Antwaun Molden.
From there, it was onto the cuts, including wide receiver Julian Talley out of the University of Massachusetts.
"Fall nine times. Get up 10," Talley tweeted. "Back to the drawing board wit it. Not the ending, just a new beginning."
Talley was joined by 10 other young players, including tight end Ryan Purvis, defensive tackle Carlton Powell and defensive back Chris Horton, wide receiver Brandon Collins, tight end Christian Hopkins, defensive backs Brandon Bing and Jojo Nicolas, running back Joe Martinek, tackle Joel Reinders and defensive tackle Oren Wilson.
As Pat Traina of Inside Football pointed out, these cuts leave the Giants without a single former Rutgers player on their team.
While this doesn't necessary mean these players won't end up on the practice squad, being a part of the first round of cuts certainly means it will be more of an uphill battle for them. The deadline for the second round of cuts, which will drop NFL teams down to 53-man rosters, is Friday, August 31st at 9:00 PM EST.
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