Most significant move: The New York Giants released two recent former draft picks as part of Tuesday's roster cutdown -- 2012 fourth-rounder Brandon Mosley and 2013 seventh-rounder Eric Herman, both offensive linemen. We've talked a lot in this space about the draft failures of 2008-12 being the reason for the current team's down state, and with Mosley gone that means only five of the 38 players the Giants drafted over those five years are currently on the roster. Now, that number goes up to seven if you count 2009 second-round pick Will Beatty, who was placed on the reserve/physically unable to perform list Wednesday and 2010 first-rounder Jason Pierre-Paul, who has yet to sign his franchise tender and is staying away while healing up from the July 4 fireworks accident that cost him his right index finger. Those are the only two Giants who remain from their respective drafts. Only first-round cornerback Prince Amukamara remains from the 2011 draft. Four players remain from the 2012 draft -- wide receiver Rueben Randle, cornerback Jayron Hosley, tight end Adrien Robinson and defensive tackle Markus Kuhn -- but there's a decent chance one or two of them gets jettisoned in Saturday's final cutdown.
Beatty timetable: Because Beatty started training camp on the PUP list, the Giants were able to put him on Reserve/PUP to start the season. That means he's required to miss at least the first six games of the regular season. After that, the Giants get a three-week window to decide whether to activate Beatty, place him on season-ending injured reserve or release him. So the earliest Beatty could play would be the Week 7 home game Oct. 25 against the Cowboys, but they could keep him out of action until the Nov. 15 home game against the Patriots. Beatty tore a pectoral muscle lifting weights in May and had surgery to repair it. The timetable at that point was thought to be six months, which would be sometime in November.
What's next: Wednesday's moves dropped the Giants' roster to 74 players, one less than the 75 they're allowed to carry at this point in the offseason. That obviously gives them room to sign a player another team waived if they so choose. The release of punter Robert Malone would seem to be good news for incumbent punter Steve Weatherford, but Giants coach Tom Coughlin said Wednesday that Weatherford was in a competition not just against Malone but also "against the waiver wire." That's just an example, obviously. The point is that there's likely to be some more roster churn even before the final cutdown to 53 players at 4 p.m. ET on Saturday.
Giants' cuts: OL Eric Herman, WR Juron Criner, P Robert Malone, WR Derrick Johnson, TE Will Tye, OL Michael Bamiro, DE Jordan Stanton, DL Jimmy Staten, S Justin Halley (waived); OL Brandon Mosley, RB Akeem Hunt (waived/injured); OT Will Beatty (Reserve/PUP); S Bennett Jackson, S Josh Gordy (injured reserve).