Aaron Curry once was regarded as the best linebacker coming out of college. This summer he couldn't make it past the first cut to the Giants' roster.
Curry was the biggest and most recognizable of the 14 names the Giants deleted to reduce their roster from 90 to 75 before Tuesday's deadline.
After time with the Seahawks, for whom he was the fourth overall pick in the 2009 draft, and the Raiders, Curry signed with the Giants in the spring. His playing time was reduced dramatically this past week as he was replaced by Kyle Bosworth on the second-string defense.
Bosworth, who also is a special-teams contributor, made seven tackles and had two quarterback hits in his opportunity, and that seemed to be enough to push Curry aside.
"We have to understand it's a sport and a business," Curry wrote on his Twitter account, "it is NOT an evaluation of personal worth."
The only other veteran released was defensive tackle Frank Okam, who played for the Texans and Bucs for four NFL seasons.
All NFL teams must reduce their rosters to 53 by Saturday.
More changes up front?
When Tom Coughlin announced the current version of the offensive line, which includes rookie Justin Pugh at right tackle and Jim Cordle at center, he reserved the right to make further changes. It seems he may do just that.
Far from giving the unit a vote of confidence, Coughlin suggested there could be another switch this week. "I'm not about to say what we're going to do there," he said. "You'll just have to wait and see."
Terrell Thomas played 22 snaps in eight defensive series against the Jets and came through healthy. "He played well [Saturday], and if he continues to do that, I feel real good about him," Coughlin said . . . For the second straight week, Coughlin was pleased with the run defense. After holding the Colts to 88 yards rushing, the Giants held the Jets to 39.