Who says the NFL preseason is meaningless? It wasn't for ex-Fresno State star David Carr, outperformed during the exhibitions and now out of a job after he was cut Saturday by the New York Giants.
The Giants changed their primary backup to Eli Manning and reached an injury settlement with veteran safety Tyler Sash among their moves to reach the league-mandated 53-man limit for next week's season opener at Dallas.
Others cut around the league included three more Fresno State alums: fullback Tyler Clutts (Clovis High) by Houston, linebacker Ben Jacobs by Carolina and offensive lineman Kenny Wiggins by San Francisco.
Carr's dismissal in New York was a minor surprise. He had been Eli Manning's backup for four of the past five seasons.
Curtis Painter, out of football last season, is the new backup. The Giants kept three quarterbacks, but fourth-round draft pick Ryan Nassib was the third.
Carr older brother to current Fresno State starter Derek was one of just seven players still on an NFL roster from the 2002 draft, which began with David Carr as the No. 1 selection by Houston.
With his 11 years in the books (this will be his 12th season if he is picked up by another team), Carr is the fourth-longest-tenured Bulldog among the school's all-time NFL alumni.
"We simply based it on the preseason," coach Tom Coughlin said of the decision to keep Painter, who last played in 2011 for the Indianapolis Colts. "From the standpoint of all the evaluations, it pointed to the fact that Painter had a better preseason.
"We'll miss David Carr around here, to be honest with you. He's done an outstanding job directing our second offense and our scout team. He has the ability to do whatever we ask of him in that regard. He can run the option, he can be the running quarterback if you want him to do that. Ryan Nassib is going to have to step up and be that guy when you're talking about the teams we play that have a running quarterback."
Among the Texans' moves was pushing safety Ed Reed to the active roster from the physically unable to perform list. The nine-time Pro Bowl player signed with Houston after spending his entire career with Baltimore.
The Texans chose to keep three quarterbacks on their roster after T.J. Yates and Case Keenum both impressed coach Gary Kubiak in the competition to back up Matt Schaub.
There was better news in Kansas City for former Fresno State wideout Devon Wylie, who survived a tense competition for the last couple of receiver spots. Rico Richardson and Josh Bellamy were beaten out by Wylie and Junior Hemingway, even though Wylie suffered a hamstring strain in the exhibition final against Green Bay. He missed most of last season with a similar injury.
Quarterback Tyler Bray, an undrafted free agent out of Tennessee who prepped at Kingsburg High, also is officially on the Chiefs' 53-man roster although he had won the No. 3 job earlier in camp.