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Giants Sign DT Mike Patterson: DT Mike Patterson, who was released by the Philadelphia Eagles in February, officially signed with the Giants yesterday. The deal is reportedly a 1-year contract.
“I’m happy to be a part of the Giants,” Patterson said. “They have a lot of good players. It’s going to be good. I’m happy the Giants signed me and believe in my talents and allowed me to be there this year. I’m looking forward to this opportunity.”
The Giants have now signed both defensive tackles the Philadelphia Eagles released in February, Patterson and Cullen Jenkins. “It’s good to be (reunited with Jenkins),” said Patterson. “He’s a good player and I enjoy his company. It’s going to be great. They also have other players I played with (at USC) (Terrell Thomas and Keith Rivers), so I’m happy to see those guys.”
Patterson underwent brain surgery in January 2012. He only played in five games last season before being placed on the reserve/non-football illness list with pneumonia in December 2012.
“Everything is good,” said Patterson. “I had a physical and a workout (with the Giants) and everything was good.”
“I thought I was going to still be (with the Eagles), but you never know how things are going to turn out,” said Patterson. “I’m just happy I was able to land on my feet with the Giants. Even though I didn’t play that much last year, it wasn’t due to football injuries. It just came down to me getting sick and me recovering from my surgery. It was nothing to do with on-the-field stuff, so I know I’m perfectly healthy when it comes to playing football.”
Domenik Hixon Signs with the Panthers: Unrestricted free agent WR Domenik Hixon has signed a 1-year deal with the Carolina Panthers. Hixon had been with the Giants since 2007. During his Giants’ career, Hixon caught 102 regular-season passes for 1,405 yards and six touchdowns. He was also a productive kickoff and punt returner for the Giants with touchdowns on each type of return. Because of this move, we have updated the Transactions, Free Agent Losses (with scouting report), Free Agent Scorecard, Roster, and Depth Chart sections of the website.
WR Julian Edelman Visiting the Giants: According to ESPNNewYork.com, unrestricted free agent WR Julian Edelman (New England Patriots) met with the Giants yesterday and will continue to meet with the team today. Edelman was drafted in the 7th round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Patriots. Edelman caught 21 passes for 235 yards and three touchdowns last season. He also has experience returning punts and kickoffs, including three punt returns for touchdowns with the Patriots.
OG/OC Antoine Caldwell Visiting the Giants: According to The Daily News, unrestricted free agent OG/OC Antoine Caldwell (Houston Texans) will meet with the Giants today. Caldwell was drafted in the 3rd round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Texans. Caldwell has started 19 games in the NFL, including six last season.
WR Anthony Armstrong Visits But Re-Signs With Cowboys: WR Anthony Armstrong visited the Giants on Tuesday, but he re-signed with the Dallas Cowboys yesterday. The Cowboys cut Armstrong last month.
QB Pat White Signs With the Redskins: As expected, QB Pat White (ex-Miami Dolphins) was signed by the Washington Redskins yesterday. White had been scheduled to visit with the Giants this week but cancelled that visit in order to meet with the Redskins first.
Articles on the Giants and the 2013 NFL Draft:
- Giants Scheduling NFL Prospects for Pre-Draft Visits by Jenny Vrentas of The Star-Ledger
- A Look at the Giants’ Biggest Draft Needs by Ralph Vacchiano of The Daily News
Article on WR Victor Cruz: Cruz Will Also Work with Jay-Z by Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPNNewYork.com
Article on P Steve Weatherford: Giants’ Steve Weatherford Expects ‘Very Fair’ Jerry Reese to Work Out Deal with Victor Cruz by Jenny Vrentas of The Star-Ledger