Here’s how it went when head coach Brian Daboll announced the team captains to the remaining players on the roster on Tuesday:
“He announced the captains for offense, defense, special teams and then … Julian,” safety Julian Love said. “I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
There are 10 team captains for the Giants this season — all voted on by the players — and Love is one who doesn’t fit into a particular category given his versatile role. He’s a safety, a special teams starter, and just last week he had to fill in as the emergency starter when Graham Gano went out with a concussion and punter Jamie Gillan had to move from starter to kicker. place.
Love, 24, is entering his fourth season with the Giants and, for the first time, is poised for a starring role on defense alongside Xavier McKinney as the starting two safeties.
He became emotional when asked about what it means to him to be voted team captain.
“I’m not going to lie, it means a lot to me,” Love said. “I’ve never been a captain in my whole life and to do that for the Giants, of all places, at the highest level, it’s hard not to get emotional about it.
The offensive captains are Daniel Jones, Saquon Barkley and Andrew Thomas. On defense, the captains are McKinney, Leonard Williams and Dexter Lawrence. Special teams captains are Gano, Casey Kreiter and Cam Brown. And then there is Love.
Thomas, 23, is the team’s youngest captain.
“At the end of last season, in some of my exit meetings, the biggest thing for me was to take the leadership role,” Thomas said. “A lot of times I just focused on myself just getting better, going through fights and stuff like that. The next thing for me is to be more vocal and lead by example to help the team in any way I can.”
Rookie safety Dane Belton switched jersey numbers — he’s now No. 24 — and looked fluid in sideline drills. He is expected to return soon from a broken collarbone. … Rookie TE Daniel Bellinger, in concussion protocol, watched practice from the sideline.
To reach the 53-man limit, the Giants terminated the contracts of five veterans: QB Davis Webb, WR CJ Board, G Jamil Douglas, OT Will Holden and DE Jalyn Holmes.
Fifteen players waived: WR Alex Bachman, S Nate Meadors, RB Jashaun Corbin, WR Jaylon Moore, TE Austin Allen, OL Garrett McGhin, OL Roy Mbaeteka, DL David Moa, DL Ryder Anderson, LB Quincy Roche, CB Khalil Dorsey, CB Darren Evans, CB Zyon Gilbert, CB Harrison Hand, S Trenton Thompson.
Bachman led all NFL players in the preseason with 19 receptions.
Those cuts left the Giants with just three safeties, meaning additional moves will be made. Only one undrafted free agent made the initial 53-man roster: OLB Tomon Fox.
There are seven receivers on the roster, including David Sills. There are only two tight ends — Daniel Bellinger and Tanner Hudson — as Chris Myarick is listed as the quarterback. Inside linebacker Austin Calitro made the team after a strong close to the summer.