3 Giants That Won't Be on the Roster at the Start of the 2022 Season

David Kaestle
Darius Slayton could be out in New York by the start of the season.
Darius Slayton could be out in New York by the start of the season. / Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Giants enter the season under new management and with a new coaching staff. Despite a really solid first offseason, this team still has a long way to go before it's a contender. Getting to that point will start by cutting certain players to get down to the 53-man limit.

Let's take a look at three players who might not be on the roster come the start of the 2022 season.

1. Nick Gates, C

Nick Gates hasn't done much to solidify a starting role during his time on the Giants O-Line and now could be on the outside looking in. He is currently No. 3 on the Giants depth chart at center, which means he's heading into training camp at a disadvantage. Cutting gates would save the Giants a little over $2 million in salary-cap space.

2. Richie James, WR

Rich James arrives in New York from San Francisco this offseason, but there's no guarantee he'll make the squad. He hauled in 23 catches for 394 yards and a touchdown in 2021, but he comes into a Giants receiver room that will have him trying to beat out second-round pick Wan'Dale Robinson and Kadarius Toney. Similar to Gates, the path to being on the Week 1 roster seems like a rocky one for James. Unless the Giants see major value in his return abilities, where he had 33 returns and 264 yards in 2019.

3. Darius Slayton, WR

The reason Slayton wasn't mentioned above is that he could also be on his way out. After a breakout rookie season with 740 yards and 8 touchdowns in just 14 games, Slayton has only gotten worse, seemingly unable to create any separation. Last season he only managed 339 yards. Cutting Slayton would save the Giants roughly $2.5 million. If Kenny Golladay, Sterling Shepard, Kadarius Toney, and rookie Wan'Dale Robinson all play up to expectations, there simply won't be any targets or snaps left for Slayton, at least not enough to warrant keeping him.

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