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3 Players Who Won't Be on the Giants Roster Next Season

Larry Rupp
Three players who won't be on the New York Giants roster next season, including Jabrill Peppers.
Three players who won't be on the New York Giants roster next season, including Jabrill Peppers. / Mike Stobe/GettyImages

It's been another season of ups and downs for the New York Giants as they currently rank amongst the NFC's worst teams (4-9 record). This is a squad that has not made the playoffs since 2016 and fans are starting to get antsy for the front office to make moves during the upcoming offseason.

It's clear that this roster is going to have to go through some changes in order to keep up in an ever-changing NFC East division. With that being said, here are three players who won't be on the Giants roster next season.

1. Jabrill Peppers, S

Safety Jabrill Peppers was mainstay in the Giants' secondary last season, playing in 88% of the defensive snaps and breaking up 11 passes. That has not been the case in 2021, though. Peppers played in less than 50% of the defensive snaps in three of his six games played before going down with an ACL injury. Rookie Xavier McKinney has filled in well as a starter alongside veteran Logan Ryan, which leave Peppers with no definitive spot on this roster. He will likely aim to sign with a team that views him as a starting option in his free agency and the Giants are not that team.

2. Evan Engram, TE

The Giants had high hopes for tight end Evan Engram during the final year of his contract. However, he has failed to live up to expectations once again. Engram is averaging a career-low 9.5 yards per receptions this season and has not topped 62 receiving yards in any of his 11 games played. The fourth-year pro has become a forgotten option on this offense and heads into free agency in desperate need of a change of scenery. Veteran Kyle Rudolph is under contract for one more year and the Giants' front office could always draft a tight end as well. Everything points to Engram's time spent in New York being up.

3. Sterling Shepard, WR

This one is tough because Sterling Shepard has looked great when he has been able to play this season. The simple fact is that he cannot stay healthy. Shepard has played in just six games this season and releasing him would save the Giants nearly $5 million in cap space this offseason. Kenny Golladay was signed to be the team's No. 1 WR and rookie Kadarius Toney has shown flashes of greatness working out of the slot position this year. This roster has the depth needed to make a move like this and open up some room for free agents or rookie contracts. Don't be surprised if Shepard is on another team in 2022 whether via trade or release.

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