Former White House High School and Tennessee State University offensive lineman Rogers Gaines (#79) was waived by the New York Giants on Saturday, August 30th on no recall waivers with an injury designation. On Sunday, August 31st, he was moved to the Reserve/Injured List for the 2014 season.
Gaines has spent two seasons attempting to land a roster spot in the National Football League. He played the 2013 preseason with the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent, then was waived by the Ravens and signed by the Chicago Bears practice squad in 2013 to complete the season. Gaines was waived by the Bears in May, 2014, and signed by the Giants for the 2014 preseason where he was projected to make the practice squad or the active roster before an injury. The injury is listed by all media sources as undisclosed.
August 30, 2014 5:49 pm
The Giants made a slew of moves Saturday to pare their roster down to the required 53 for the regular season.
The players on that list are DT Kelcy Quarles, QB Curtis Painter, FB John Conner, TEKellen Davis, DE Israel Idonije, CB Bennett Jackson, OT Rogers Gaines, RB Michael Cox, WR Julian Talley, RB Kendall Gaskins, OT Mark Asper, OT Adam Gress, G Jamaal Johnson-Webb, LB Terrell Manning, LB Dan Fox, DB Chandler Fenner, DB Thomas Gordon, DT Kelcy Quarles and DE Jordan Stanton.
Preseason outlook from Big Blue Review gave Gaines a shot at making the roster:
Can Rogers Gaines stick with the Giants?
Let’s continue our player-by-player breakdown of the 90-man roster the New York Giants will bring to training camp by trying to learn more about offensive tackle Rogers Gaines, a second-year player the Giants recently acquired via waivers.
2013 Season In Review
A 6-foot-6, 334-pound lineman from Tennessee State, Gaines was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Baltimore Ravens. He was cut by Baltimore and spent the 2013 season on the Chicago Bears‘ practice squad.
2014 Season Outlook
The Giants were awarded Gaines via waivers from the Bears on May 30. He took the roster spot of quarterback Josh Freeman. Gaines was considered a project player at the NFL level after dominating FCS competition with his size and athleticism while in college. With five exhibition games on tap for the Giants a player like this is likely to get plenty of opportunities to show what he can do. It seems unlikely that Gaines could begin the season on the 53-man roster. More likely, he is trying to earn a spot on the practice squad.