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GIANTS CUT PRESTON PARKER, RE-SIGN KENRICK ELLIS…
The New York Giants have terminated the contract of wide receiver Preston Parker, who has struggled in the first two games of the regular season with dropped passes. To fill his roster spot, the Giants re-signed defensive tackle Kenrick Ellis, who the team released on September 6th.
The Giants originally signed Ellis as an unrestricted free agent from the New York Jets in March 2015. He was drafted in the 3rd round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Jets. In four seasons with the Jets, Ellis played in 47 games with five starts. He accrued 53 tackles and only one sack during that time.
Parker joined the team in January 2014 and became the team’s primary slot receiver last season when Victor Cruz was lost for the season. Parker played in all 16 games with seven starts. He finished 2014 with 36 catches for 418 yards and two touchdowns. Parker had five catches for 43 yards this year but he also dropped five passes.
“Preston Parker, for the majority of time he was here, was a very tough, physical football player who made plays when called upon,” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin. “That hasn’t been the case necessarily this year. We thank him for his service.”
Not practicing on Tuesday due to injuries were WR Victor Cruz (calf), TE Jerome Cunningham (knee), LT Ereck Flowers (ankle), LT Will Beatty (pectoral – on PUP), DE Owamagbe Odighizuwa (foot), DT Markus Kuhn (knee), and CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (concussion).
The good news is that Cruz was spotted running agility drills on the practice sidelines for the first time since mid-August.
VIDEO: #Giants WR Victor Cruz working with trainer on side. Don't expect him Thursday night, but on target for Week 4 pic.twitter.com/hifBhGZ0hD
— Art Stapleton (@art_stapleton) September 22, 2015
“Felt good,” said Cruz. “Felt good to be on the grass a little bit, get out there and run around a little bit, so it felt good…Obviously the short week leaves you a little handicapped (to be able to play on Thursday), if you will. But we’ll see. We’ll see how it continues to progress, how I feel in the morning, and we’ll go from there.”
“I’m closer (to returning),” said Cruz. “There’s no pain in there anymore, so it’s just a matter of getting the confidence back to running on it and cutting on it, things like that. And then we’ll go from there…Hopefully I can be out there shortly, help this team win.”
DE Robert Ayers (hamstring) and DT Jay Bromley (knee) practiced on a limited basis.
TE Daniel Fells (foot), RG Geoff Schwartz (illness), DE/DT Cullen Jenkins (hamstring), and LB Jon Beason (knee) fully practiced.
“I feel pretty good, I feel fresh,” said Beason.
HEAD COACH TOM COUGHLIN…
The transcript of Tom Coughlin’s press conference on Tuesday is available in The Corner Forum while the video is available at Giants.com.
WATCH: Coach Tom Coughlin on the #Giants record and how to turn things around http://t.co/JWzBFAnhe9
— New York Giants (@Giants) September 22, 2015
THE PLAYERS SPEAK…
The following transcripts and video of player media sessions on Tuesday are available in The Corner Forum and at Giants.com:
- QB Eli Manning (Video) (Audio from Monday WFAN interview)
- WR Victor Cruz (Video)
- WR Geremy Davis (Video)
- TE Daniel Fells (Video)
- DE/DT Cullen Jenkins (Video)
- LB Devon Kennard (Video)
- LB Jon Beason (Video)
- Lack of roster depth remains Giant roadblock in NFC East by Dan Graziano of ESPN.com
- Another 0-2 start doesn’t help Tom Coughlin’s job security by Bob Glauber of Newsday
- With Tom Coughlin’s job on the line, Giants coach needs his team to start putting up a fight by Ralh Vacchiano of The New York Daily News
- For Giants WRs, philosophy is always next man up by Michael Eisen of Giants.com
- Lawrence Taylor opines on Super Bowl XXV champs, Jason Pierre-Paul’s thumb and his legacy by Jordan Raanan for NJ.com
WHAT’S UP NEXT…
There is no media availability to the Giants on Wednesday as the team prepares for Thursday night’s home game against the Washington Redskins.
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