The most surprising move was wide receiver Darius Powe being waived/injured on Wednesday. He had been struggling with a hamstring injury, but was expected to return to the field this week.
Wide receivers Marquis Bundy and C.J. Germany and linemen Richard Levy and Matt Rotheram were signed to take their place. They are long shots to make the final roster with so few practices remaining.
Powe, 23, spent all of last season on the Giants’ practice squad. He was having a strong summer before the injury, which subjected him to the stationary bike all last week.
It appeared as if Powe had been making progress and worked his way up the depth chart. He snuck in first-team reps earlier this summer.
“He’s a player that knows what to do and how to do it,” coach Ben McAdoo said several weeks ago. “Anytime you know what to do and how to do it, you have a chance to play fast and use what your abilities are.”
Powe caught one pass for 15 yards in the preseason opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He also drew a pass-interference call and an illegal contact penalty, and was wide open for what would have been an easy touchdown pass had quarterback Josh Johnson seen him.
Bundy spent six weeks on the Arizona Cardinals' active roster last season. He did not appear in a game and was cut last week.
Germany (5-foot-11, 180 pounds) is from Notre Dame College of Ohio. He spent some times with the Los Angeles Rams this summer.
Rotheram spent time with the Packers, Eagles and Lions and Levy, a rookie out of Connecticut, was with the 49ers earlier this year.