Free agent QB Tajh Boyd worked out for the Giants.
Boyd also visited the Bills this week. He's looking for practice squad work, but remains unsigned. The Giants don't have a No. 3 quarterback and would be a good landing spot.
FOX Sports' Mike Garafolo reports the Giants are "working to sign" free agent OG Adam Snyder.
Snyder was released by the 49ers on Saturday. The 32-year-old has made 87 career starts, but has generally been bad for the past half-decade. With LG Geoff Schwartz (toe) sidelined, the Giants are looking for quality depth. Snyder would be nothing more than that as a versatile interior lineman.
Free agent G/C Adam Gettis will work out for the Giants on Tuesday.
Gettis was waived by the Redskins last week. He'd be an upside flier for the G-Men's shaky offensive line, but showed very little in two years in Washington.
Giants waived or released RB Michael Cox, DE Jordan Stanton, RB Kendall Gaskins, DB Thomas Gordon, WR Julian Talley, OL Roger Gaines, DB Chandler Fenner, OL Mark Asper and LB Terrell Manning.
Cox got more opportunities than he deserved last season thanks to all the injuries in the Giants' backfield. He ended up with 22 carries for 43 yards and no touchdowns. The Giants have decided to keep Peyton Hillis as their No. 3 running back behind Rashad Jennings and Andre Williams.
Giants released TE Kellen Davis.
Davis got plenty of first-string reps in the black hole known as the Giants' tight end room, but ends up losing out to Adrien Robinson, Daniel Fells and Larry Donnell. Davis could rejoin the Giants after Week 1, when his contract would no longer be fully guaranteed.
Giants waived QB Curtis Painter.
Ryan Nassib wins the No. 2 QB job in New York with a surprisingly solid preseason. Nassib completed 44-of-74 passes for 588 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions in five exhibition games. Painter is an uninspiring backup, but he may get a look.
Giants released FB John Conner.
Conner was competing with Henry Hynoski. Conner hasn't done much since being nicknamed "The Terminator" by Rex Ryan on Hard Knocks in 2010.
Giants released or waived DL Israel Idonije, TE Kellen Davis, CB Bennett Jackson, LB Dan Fox, OL Jamaal Johnson-Webb, OL Adam Gress and DT Kelcy Quarles.
Idonije, 33, was on the roster for less than a month after getting the boot from Chicago earlier this summer. He's at or near the end of the line. Kellen Davis started the Giants' dress rehearsal, but offered next to nothing in the passing game. Jackson is dealing with an ankle injury. He is a candidate for the practice squad.
Broncos acquired K Brandon McManus from the Giants in exchange for a conditional seventh-round pick.
The Giants were going to cut McManus, so they do well to get something back. McManus has made both of his field goal attempts this preseason and produced 10 touchbacks on 11 kickoffs. He'll fill in for suspended Matt Prater.
Giants waived or released K Brandon McManus, CB Charles James, LB Spencer Adkins, CB Ross Weaver, CB Kyle Sebetic, DE Emmanuel Dieke, OG John Sullen, WR Travis Harvey, S C.J. Barnett, DT Everett Dawkins, and TE Jerome Cunningham.
McManus gave Josh Brown a run for his money, nailing 2-of-2 field goals with 10 touchbacks on kickoffs. He'll likely get a look from a kicker-needy team.
Free agent S Will Hill has signed with the Arena League's Arizona Rattlers.
Hill was suspended six games for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy last week, and was waived by the Giants on Monday. He'll stay fresh in the Arena League until he's able to return to the NFL in Week 7. Despite all the off-field issues, we'd be surprised if Hill's NFL career is over. He's 24 years old.
Free agent TE Tom Crabtree will work out for the Giants next week.
The Giants have one of the league's more unsettled tight end corps, but Crabtree would be a pure reserve. He caught only four passes in seven games for the Bucs last season before landing on injured reserve with a torn biceps.
Giants waived S Will Hill.
As beat writer Jordan Raanan notes, the Giants simply can't trust Hill to make the right decisions. He's been suspended three times since entering the league in 2012, including a six-game ban this year for another violation of the substance abuse policy. They'll roll with Stevie Brown at free safety and Antrel Rolle at strong safety. Hill's very significant on-field ability will make him a worthwhile risk for a team just in case he ever gets his head on straight. He was Pro Football Focus' No. 2 overall safety last season.
Giants released QB Josh Freeman.
He lasted just six weeks with the team. Freeman was never a good fit for new Giants OC Ben McAdoo's quick-hitting West Coast offense in the first place. The G-Men will move forward with Ryan Nassib and Curtis Painter behind Eli Manning, who recovered ahead of schedule from ankle surgery and is taking part in OTAs. Still only 26 years old, Freeman is just two seasons removed from a 27:17 TD-to-INT ratio campaign with the Buccaneers. Off-field and work-ethic question marks threaten to torpedo Freeman's once-promising NFL career.
The Newark Star-Ledger believes the Giants have "at least reached out" to free agent Jermichael Finley.
The sides have not scheduled a visit, however. Speaking Thursday, Finley's agent said his client had been fully cleared from his neck injury, but we'd expect prospective employers to have a higher threshold for "full" clearance. Finley doesn't appear to be on the verge of signing a contract.
Jaguars claimed LB Allen Bradford off waivers from the Giants.
Although Bradford is coming from the Giants, he's another cog in the Jaguars' Seahawks pipeline, as Bradford spent 2011-12 in Seattle under coach Gus Bradley. He appeared in nine games last season, registering four tackles. He'll try to earn a spot on special teams in Jacksonville.
Giants waived/released QB Rusty Smith, LB Allen Bradford, CB Junior Mertile and P Jordan Gay.
Smith made it just two weeks in the Big Apple. A 2010 sixth-rounder, Smith has attempted only 45 career passes, 40 of which came in 2010. He's nearing the end of the line. Bradford appeared in nine games for the Giants last season, registering four tackles.
A person with "knowledge of the team's draft philosophy" told NJ.com the Giants would "seriously consider" Johnny Manziel if he slipped to No. 12.
Giants GM Jerry Reese is an ardent believer in best-player-available strategy. Reporter Jordan Raanan admits, however, that the Giants "could be feigning interest" in Johnny Football "to coax a trade from a team that wants to move up to No. 12 for Manziel." The takeaway from this report is essentially that we know little about NFL teams' draft plans. We also doubt Manziel will be a Giant.
Draft Insider Tony Pauline reports teams are souring on North Carolina TE Eric Ebron due to his "high maintenance sort of personality."
Pauline specifically mentioned the Giants, one of the league's tight end-neediest teams, at No. 12 overall as a club backing off Ebron. "He's a me type of player and he always has been," Pauline continued. "He's a me type of person on the field and off the field. He's the kind of guy that was complaining when he didn't feel he was getting the ball enough. He's not well liked by all of his teammates." Tis the season to pick apart prospects any way possible, and Ebron appears to be that guy right now. He should still be an early-to-mid first-rounder.
The Newark Star-Ledger believes Michigan OT Taylor Lewan can be "eliminated from consideration completely" at No. 12 overall where the Giants pick in next week's draft.
Lewan was charged with three misdemeanors for his role in an alleged December assault after he was mixing it up with some Ohio State fans. GM Jerry Reese said the Giants are looking for the "cleanest guy possible" in the first round. We doubt Lewan will be available at No. 12 anyway, but they're believed to be higher on Notre Dame G/T Zack Martin due to his versatility.