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What is the biggest surprise on the 53-man roster?

Posted Aug 30, 2014

Giants.com writers debate the biggest surprises on roster cut-down day


NEWS
> Giants announce 53-Man Roster
> Biggest surprises on Giants 53-man roster
> WR Corey Washington makes roster
> Which rookies need to step up fast?
> Who will be Giants primary punt returner?
MICHAEL EISEN

The biggest surprise is rookie defensive end Kerry Wynn. I don’t know if his name was publicly mentioned once in training camp.

While Corey Washington was the rookie free agent getting all the media attention, Wynn quietly went about his business and earned a spot on the roster.

>> VIEW GIANTS 53-MAN ROSTER

He stays while a much more experienced player in Israel Idonije was released. The coaches clearly saw something in Wynn that outside observers missed.

JOHN SCHMEELK

In the spirit of giving a different name than Michael Eisen (Kerry Wynn would also be my biggest surprise), I'll go with Preston Parker. Parker's ability to return punts and kicks is one of the factors that got him on the roster, according to Tom Coughlin, but he did have some ball security issues during the summer and I thought that might keep him off the final 53. But it would seem that until first round pick Odell Beckham Jr. gets back, he will be in the mix in the return game. Parker did flash as a receiver more than once in practice, and his experience in the league will help him contribute on offense if he's needed.

DAN SALOMONE

I’m going with the way the wide receiver group played out, which really became the top competition to watch down the stretch in training camp and the preseason games.

>> WR COREY WASHINGTON MAKES 53-MAN ROSTER

If somebody told you at the start of summer camp that Corey Washington and Preston Parker would make the 53-man roster, you wouldn’t have believed it. You would have also asked, “Who?” But to their credit, those two players made their presence known.

>> WHO WILL RETURN PUNTS?

They also did it the Tom Coughlin way by producing during games, like Washington, and being reliable on special teams, like Parker as a returner. By doing so, they went from longshots to non-surprises in the end.