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Giants stock report: Darren Waller’s rising expectations, Darnay Holmes’ secondary reality

The Giants spent the past month studying every movement, action and step of the 90 players that participated in training camp and the preseason.

The evaluation period for the initial 53-man roster is over, and cuts are coming Tuesday.

There are players who were always going to make the cut and other players who faced a steep climb to make themselves a viable option.

Here is a look at those who did the most to help themselves this summer and those who did not.

Stock up

Darren Waller: The stock was always going to be high for this dynamic tight end, acquired in a trade with the Raiders.


Darren Waller
Darren Waller shined throughout training camp.
Robert Sabo for NY Post

Waller’s ability to stay on the field is the key here and he made it through training camp without missing a beat. The expectation level, already high, is through the roof for him.

Tre Hawkins: The rookie arrived as a sixth-round pick from a lower level of college competition — Old Dominion — hoping to find a spot on the team. He is on track to start when the season opens.  

Jason Pinnock: Sure, the hope was he could step in and replace Julian Love, who defected to the Seahawks. That was a hope, not a certainty.

Pinnock is now poised to be an opening-game starting safety alongside Xavier McKinney.

Jordan Riley: The goal of a seventh-round draft pick is to squeeze onto the roster or find a spot on the practice squad, buying time for further development.

Riley took advantage of injuries to veteran newcomers A’Shawn Robinson and Rakeem Nunez-Roches, using the increased snaps to impress the coaching staff.

Saquon Barkley: Really? A star running back and team captain needs to be listed here? Why not?

It wasn’t long ago that Barkley was unsigned and unhappy. He made sure to agree to a deal in time to report on time to camp and looked terrific in practice sessions, with his workload parsed out judiciously.  


Saquon Barkley
Saquon Barkley had a strong camp after ending his holdout.
Robert Sabo for NY Post

Stock down

Darrian Beavers: The second-year inside linebacker returned from the knee surgery that ruined his rookie season and was working with the starting unit earlier this summer. He was supplanted by Micah McFadden and now Isaiah Simmons is on the scene to eat into playing time.

Cor’Dale Flott: There were thoughts that Flott in his second year with the Giants could emerge as a contender for the slot cornerback role. He did not stay healthy this summer, though, sidelined with an abdominal injury. Not sure where the role is for him now.

Matt Peart: Did he do enough to secure the swing offensive tackle role, which essentially is the No. 1 backup at both left and right tackle? Peart received plenty of reps at both spots, filling on the right side when Evan Neal was out with a concussion.  

Gary Brightwell: The third-year running back needed to stay on the field to fight off rookie Eric Gray and keep ahead of Jashaun Corbin on the depth chart.

Unfortunately for Brightwell, he got hurt in a joint practice with the Lions and his time on the field was limited after that.

Darnay Holmes: His place is at nickel back, but the emergence of Trey Hawkins changed the dynamic at cornerback, as veteran Adoree’ Jackson was asked to move inside to the slot.


Darnay Holmes
Darnay Holmes did not help himself during training camp.
AP

Where does that leave Holmes, looking to stick for year No. 4?

He is a solid tackler, so he has that going for him.

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