New York Giants Free Agent Signings

 

Last Updated: October 21, 2016

2016 New York Giants Free Agent Signings


PK ROBBIE GOULD (Cut by Chicago Bears): The Giants signed Robbie Gould in October 2016. Gould was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the New England Patriots after the 2005 NFL Draft. After brief stints with the Patriots and Ravens, Gould signed with the Chicago Bears in October 2005. He played 11 seasons with the Bears (2005-2015). In his last season in Chicago, Gould was 33-of-39 (84.6 percent) on field goals. Forty-seven percent of his kickoffs resulted in touchbacks.

CB COTY SENSABAUGH (Cut by Los Angeles Rams): Sensabaugh was signed by the Giants in October 2016 after he was waived by the Los Angeles Rams. Sensabaugh was originally drafted in the 4th round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Tennessee Titans. The Rams signed him to a 3-year, $15 million contract in March. Sensabaugh has played in 61 regular-season games with 29 starts. Sensabaugh is an average-sized corner whose strength is playing the slot nickel corner spot.

QB JOSH JOHNSON (Cut by Baltimore Ravens): The Giants signed Johnson in early September 2016 after he was cut by the Baltimore Ravens. The 30-year old Johnson was originally drafted in the 5th round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He has spent time with the Buccaneers (2008–2011), 49ers (2012), Sacramento Mountain Lions (2012), Browns (2012), Bengals (2013), 49ers (2014), Bengals (2015), Jets (2015), Colts (2015), Bills (2015), and Ravens (2016). Johnson has played in 29 regular-season games with five starts – the last coming with Buccaneers in 2011. He has completed 96-of-177 passes (54.2 percent) for 1,042 yards, 5 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions. In the 2016 preseason for the Ravens, Johnson completed 41-of-57 passes (71.9 percent) for 365 yards, 1 touchdown, and no interceptions. He also rushed for 87 yards and 2 touchdowns on 18 carries. Johnson is a mobile quarterback with good size.

OT WILL BEATTY (Street Free Agent): The Giants re-signed Beatty in late August 2016 after releasing him in February. Beatty was placed on the Reserve/Physically-Unable-to-Perform (PUP) List in September 2015 as he was still recovering from surgery to repair a torn pectoral muscle he suffered in May lifting weights. He remained on the PUP the entire season as a rotator cuff injury that required surgery also became an issue. Beatty started all 16 games at left tackle for the Giants in 2014 and had a solid season. He rebounded from a terribly inconsistent 2013 season, as well as a fractured tibia that he suffered in the regular-season finale at the end of that year. Since Beatty was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Giants, he has had issues staying healthy, including a broken foot in 2010, a detached retina in 2011, a back injury that caused him to miss offseason work in 2012, the broken leg in 2013, and the pectoral tear and rotator cuff injuries in 2015. Beatty is a big lineman with long arms and a very good athlete. When on top of his game, Beatty can mirror and slide with the best pass rushers, and is athletic enough to pull and engage defenders at the second level in the run game. However, Beatty is more of a finesse player. He does not play with a lot of strength and power and he is not a very physical or aggressive blocker. Beatty still has consistency issues.

PK RANDY BULLOCK (Unrestricted Free Agent from Jets): The Giants signed Bullock in August 2016. Bullock was originally drafted in the 5th round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Houston Texans. He played in 35 consecutive regular-season games for the Texans until he was released in late September 2015. Bulluck then served as the New York Jets place kicker for eight games in 2015. Overall, Bullock is an 80.6 percent field goal kicker with 47.4 percent of his kickoffs resulting in touchbacks. In 2015, Bullock made 19-of-23 field goal attempts (82.6 percent).

CB JOE POWELL (Street Free Agent): The Giants signed Powell in August 2016. Powell played for the semi-pro Portsmouth Mustangs in 2014, the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks of the Professional Indoor Football League (PIFL) in 2015, and the Cleveland Gladiators of the Arena Football League (AFL) in 2016. He earned PIFL “Defensive Rookie of the Year” honors in 2015 after breaking the league record with 11 interceptions, including two he returned for touchdowns. In the AFL, Powell intercepted seven passes in nine games, returning four of the picks for touchdowns.

CB LEON HALL (Unrestricted Free Agent from Bengals): The Giants signed Hall in August 2016. Hall was originally drafted in the 1st round of the 2007 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals. In his nine seasons with the Bengals, Hall has played in 121 regular-season games with 105 starts. Hall started four of the 14 games he played in 2015, finishing with 44 tackles, nine pass defenses, and two interceptions. He also won “AFC Player of the Week” for his performance in a December game against the St. Louis Rams. The aging Hall is a physical press corner who tackles very well. He is very experienced and technically-sound. The strength of Hall’s game is his ability to cover receivers out of the slot position. Versatile, Hall has also played safety in some packages. Hall has suffered two Achilles’ tendon injuries (2011 and 2013) that has robbed him of some of his explosiveness. Hall also had back surgery this offseason to repair a disc injury. He is a hard worker and team leader.

DT JERMELLE CUDJO (Unrestricted from Detroit Lions): The Giants signed Jermelle Cudjo in July 2016. Cudjo has spent time with the St. Louis Rams (2010-13), Kansas City Chiefs (2014), and Detroit Lions (2015). Cudjo has played in 45 regular-season games with four starts. He accrued seven tackles in seven games in 2015 with the Lions.

DT DAVON COLEMAN (Street Free Agent): The Giants signed Davon Coleman in July 2016. Coleman has spent time with the Dallas Cowboys (2014-15), Chicago Bears (2015), and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2016). Coleman has played in four regular-season games with one start, accruing just three tackles.

WR KADRON BOONE (Street Free Agent): The Giants signed Boone as a veteran tryout player after the rookie mini-camp in May 2016. Boone was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Philadelphia Eagles after the 2014 NFL Draft. The Eagles cut him in August and he then spent time on the Practice Squads of the St. Louis Rams and Indianapolis Colts. Boone is an average-sized receiver with good speed, agility, and hands. He runs good routes and is competitive.

WR DONTE FOSTER (Street Free Agent): The Giants signed Foster as a veteran tryout player after the rookie mini-camp in May 2016. Foster was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Minnesota Vikings after the 2014 NFL Draft. He spent time on the Practices Squads of the Vikings (2014 and 2015), San Diego Chargers (2015), and Dallas Cowboys (2015). The Cowboys waived him in March. Foster is an average-sized receiver with good speed, quickness, and leaping ability. He has excellent hands. Raw, Foster needs to improve his route running and physicality. Smart and hard working.

QB B.J. DANIELS (Street Free Agent): The Giants signed Daniels as a veteran tryout player after the rookie mini-camp in May 2016. Daniels was originally drafted in the 7th round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers. He has spent time with the 49ers (2013), Seattle Seahawks (2013-15), and Houston Texans (2015). Daniels has been on the game-day roster for eight contests, completing just one pass for seven yards and rushing six times for six yards. Daniels is a short (5’11”), well-built, strong-armed quarterback with very good overall athleticism, speed, and elusiveness. He rushed for 2,068 yards and 25 touchdowns as a read-option quarterback in college at South Florida. The Seahawks actually moved him to wide receiver in 2015. He’s a good enough athlete to even play some running back, safety, and kick returner. Daniels’ lack of height hurts him as a quarterback. He also needs to improve his overall accuracy as a drop-back quarterback. Daniels is a hard worker and takes the game seriously.

TE LARRY DONNELL (Re-Signed Restricted Free Agent): Donnell was placed on Injured Reserve in December 2015 with a neck injury. After a breakout season in 2014, Donnell had a disappointing 2015 campaign as his production dropped from 63 catches for 623 yards and six touchdowns to 29 catches for 223 yards and two touchdowns. He started all eight games in which he played in 2015. Donnell originally went undrafted and unsigned in 2011. The Giants signed him as a street free agent in March 2012 and Donnell spent the 2012 season on the team’s Practice Squad. Donnell made the 53-man roster in 2013 and was active for all 16 games, starting one contest, but he only caught three passes for 31 yards. Donnell is a big, athletic target. A former collegiate quarterback and a very raw player when he came to the Giants, Donnell is still a work in progress. As a receiver, Donnell has a good catch radius, adjusts well to the football, and is capable of making the circus catch. He needs to do a better job of holding onto the football (four fumbles in 2014) and gaining yards after the catch, where he often looks clumsy. While Donnell gives a good effort, he still has a lot of work to do to improve as a blocker.

PK JOSH BROWN (Re-Signed Unrestricted Free Agent): Josh Brown’s two best seasons have come with the Giants past the age of 35. Brown made 30-of-32 field goal attempts in 2015, a franchise-record 93.8 percent success rate, and topping his own record of 92.3 percent (24-of-26) in 2014. He has also hit long field goals of 53 yards in both seasons. In just three seasons, Brown has scored 350 points, ninth best in franchise history. The only downside is that two of Brown’s misses were factors in late-game losses. In the past two years, over 47 percent of his kickoffs have resulted in touchbacks. Brown was originally drafted in the 7th round of the 2003 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks. Before coming to the Giants as a free agent in 2013, he kicked for the Seahawks (2003-07), St. Louis Rams (2009-11), and Cincinnati Bengals (2012). He made the Pro Bowl as an alternate after the 2015 campaign.

P BRAD WING (Re-Signed Exclusive Rights Free Agent): The Giants acquired Brad Wing from the Pittsburgh Steelers by trade for a conditional 7th-round draft pick in September 2015, replacing the popular-but-declining Steve Weatherford. Wing responded with a strong season, averaging 44.5 yards per punt (38.9 net). He had 33 kicks downed inside the 20-yard line, tying a team single-season record. An Australian, the left-footed Wing was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Philadelphia Eagles after the 2013 NFL Draft. He did not make the team but he made the Steelers roster in 2014. Wing combines a strong leg with good directional placement skills. He also holds for both field goals and place kicks.

RB ORLEANS DARKWA (Re-Signed Exclusive Rights Free Agent): Darkwa was the #4 running back on the Giants in 2015. He played in all 16 games with no starts and finished the season with 36 carries for 153 yards (4.3 yards per carry) and one touchdown. Darkwa was originally signed by the Miami Dolphins as a rookie free agent after the 2014 NFL Draft. He played in four games in September before being waived in October and signed to the team’s Practice Squad. The Giants signed him off of Miami’s Practice Squad in November 2014. Darkwa has average size and overall athletic ability, but he is a very physical, instinctive between-the-tackles runner. He also has good hands despite only eight career receptions.

OT BYRON STINGILY (Unrestricted Free Agent from Steelers): Stingily was originally drafted in the 6th round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Tennessee Titans. The Titans waived him in September 2015 and he then signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers in October 2015. In five seasons, Stingily has played in 20 regular-season games with nine starts (eight at right tackle and one at tight end). Stingily is an athletic lineman with good size. He plays more of a finesse, positional game. A better pass protector than run blocker, Stingily is not a physical player.

RB BOBBY RAINEY (Unrestricted Free Agent from Buccaneers): Rainey was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Baltimore Ravens after the 2012 NFL Draft. He has spent time with the Ravens (2012), Cleveland Browns (2013), and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2013-2015). In his four NFL seasons, Rainey has played in 46 regular-season games with 11 starts. He has has 249 career rushing attempts for 990 yards (4.0 yards per carry) and six touchdowns. Rainey has also caught 51 passes for 377 yards and two touchdowns. In 2015 with the Buccaneers, his primary role was on special teams returning both kickoffs (24.7 yards per return) and punts (9.9 yards per return). Rainey lacks size, but he is a well-built runner with good instincts, balance, and quickness. He lacks power and has had issues with ball security with 12 career fumbles. Rainey catches the ball well.

LB KELVIN SHEPPARD (Unrestricted Free Agent from Dolphins): Sheppard was originally drafted in the 3rd round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills. He was traded to the Indianapolis Colts in April 2013 and signed with the Dolphins in September 2014. In five NFL seasons, Sheppard has only missed three regular-season games, starting 45 contests. In 2015, he started 13 games and finished the season with 105 tackles and two pass defenses. Sheppard has good size, but he’s a journeyman who doesn’t make many game-changing plays.

WR MYLES WHITE (Re-Signed Exclusive Rights Free Agent): The Giants signed White to the Practice Squad after he was waived by the Green Bay Packers in September 2015 and to the 53-man roster in October 2015. White played in 12 games with no starts and finished the season with only seven catches for 88 yards and a touchdown. White was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Packers after the 2013 NFL Draft. White played in seven games as a rookie, catching nine passes for 66 yards. He spent the 2014 season on Green Bay’s Practice Squad. White is an average-sized receiver with decent overall athleticism and speed. He demonstrated inconsistent hands in 2015 with the Giants. White is a good special teams player.

FB WILL JOHNSON (Unrestricted Free Agent from Steelers): Johnson was not drafted and signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2012. In four seasons with the Steelers, Johnson only missed one regular-season game, and started 20 contests. He has 31 career receptions for 235 yards and two touchdowns. Johnson is versatile with the ability to play H-Back, tight end, and fullback. He is a good lead blocker who can also catch the football. Johnson is a solid special teams player.

OG RYAN SEYMOUR (Unrestricted Free Agent from Saints): Seymour was originally drafted in the 7th round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks. Since then, he has spent time with the Seahawks (2013), San Francisco 49ers (2013), Cleveland Browns (2014), Chicago Bears (2015), and New Orleans Saints (2015). Seymour has played in 11 games with just three starts. Seymour lacks ideal size, but he is a strong, smart, blue-collar over-achiever. Versatile, he has played all five offensive line spots.

OG DILLON FARRELL (Street Free Agent): Farrell was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the San Francisco 49ers after the 2014 NFL Draft. The 49ers waived him in September 2015 and he was signed by the Titans to their Practice Squad later that month. Farrell played in eight games with the 49ers in 2014 with no starts. Versatile, Farrell can play guard or center. He is more of a position-blocker than mauler at the point-of-attack. Farrell flashes in pass protection.

TE WILL TYE (Re-Signed Exclusive Rights Free Agent): Forced into service due to injuries to other players, Tye was a pleasant surprise in 2015. He played in 13 games with seven starts, and finished the season with 42 catches for 464 yards and three touchdowns. Tye was voted to the Pro Football Writers NFL All-Rookie Team. Tye was originally signed as a rookie free agent after the 2015 NFL Draft by the Giants. The Giants added him to the 53-man roster from the Practice Squad in early October 2015. Tye lacks ideal height but he is well-built athlete with good speed for a tight end. He catches the ball well and can gain yards after the catch. Tye needs to improve as a blocker.

TE JEROME CUNNINGHAM (Re-Signed Exclusive Rights Free Agent): Cunningham spent the first five weeks of the 2015 season on the 53-man roster, was waived and signed to the Practice Squad in October, and then re-signed to the 53-man roster in early November. In all, Cunningham played in nine games with three starts, catching eight passes for 59 yards. Cunningham played college football at Southern Connecticut State University from 2009-2012, but remained unsigned until the Giants signed him in August 2014. An extremely well-built player who lacks ideal size for a true tight end, Cunningham is best suited for an H-Back-type role. He has good speed and catches the ball well. Cunningham is not much of a blocker.

OG ADAM GETTIS (Re-Signed Exclusive Rights Free Agent): The Giants signed Gettis from the Practice Squad of the Oakland Raiders in December 2015 and he was on the active roster for the regular-season finale. Gettis spent two stints on the Giants’ Practice Squad earlier in the 2015 season (September 6 – October 15 and October 21 – November 4) before signing with Oakland. Gettis was originally drafted in the 5th round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins. The Redskins waived Gettis in August 2014. The Giants signed him off of the Practice Squad of the Pittsburgh Steelers in December 2014. Gettis lacks ideal size and power, but he is an athletic lineman with good mobility.

LB JASPER BRINKLEY (Re-Signed Unrestricted Free Agent): The Giants signed Brinkley in September 2015 after he was released by the Dallas Cowboys. He played in 15 games, starting nine at middle linebacker, and finished the season with 67 tackles, 1 sack, and 4 forced fumbles. Brinkley was originally drafted in the 5th round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings. Since that time, he has spent time with the Vikings (2009-12, 2014), Cardinals (2013), and Cowboys (2015). Brinkley has played in 94 regular-season games with 42 starts. He missed the 2011 season due to hip surgery. Brinkley is a big linebacker who lacks ideal overall athleticism. He is a physical, two-down run defender who struggles at times in pass coverage.

LB KEENAN ROBINSON (Unrestricted Free Agent from Redskins): Robinson was originally drafted in the 4th round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins. He has been an injury-plagued player who has missed time in 2012 (four games with right pectoral tear), 2013 (entire season with left pectoral tear), 2014 (three games with a knee injury), and 2015 (four games with a shoulder injury). Robinson’s best season was in 2014 when he started all 13 games he played in and finished the year with 109 tackles, 1.5 sacks, and one forced fumble. He played in 12 games with eight starts in 2015 and finished with 63 tackles and one interception. Robinson has a nice combination of overall athleticism and size. Versatile, he can play inside and outside linebacker. Robinson is an instinctive, productive player who plays with a reckless style. He is more of a run-and-hit linebacker than stout run defender at the point-of-attack. He needs to improve his overall tackling consistency. Robinson is solid in pass coverage.

DE OLIVIER VERNON (Unrestricted Free Agent from Dolphins): Vernon was originally drafted in the 3rd round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Dolphins. In the last three seasons, he has played in every regular-season game with 46 starts, averaging 55 tackles and 8.5 sacks per year. Vernon is a very good two-way player who is disruptive against both the run and the pass. He can get heat on the quarterback from both the end and tackle positions, similar to Justin Tuck, and gets a lot of hits on the quarterback.

DT DAMON HARRISON (Unrestricted Free Agent from Jets): Harrison was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Jets after the 2012 NFL Draft. In the last three years, Harrison has started every regular-season game for the Jets. In 2015, he accrued 72 tackles and 0.5 sacks. The 6’4”, 350-pound Harrison is one of the NFL’s best run-stuffing nose tackles. He does not get much heat on the passer.

CB JANORIS JENKINS (Unrestricted Free Agent from Rams): Jenkins was originally drafted in the 2nd round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams. In his four seasons with the Rams, Jenkins played in 60 regular-season games with 58 starts. He has 49 career pass breakups and 10 interceptions, five of which he has returned for touchdowns. Jenkins is an average-sized corner with excellent speed and quickness. He is an instinctive coverman who has gotten better each year. Jenkins plays well in both man and zone coverage. Jenkins makes plays on the football, but is known as a bit of a gambler and will also give up the big play. He is not a physical run defender or strong tackler. Jenkins plays with a cocky swagger, but there are also some character concerns, including a drug charge in college.

DE JASON PIERRE-PAUL (Re-Signed Unrestricted Free Agent): Pierre-Paul suffered serious and permanent injuries to his right hand from a July 4th fireworks accident, including the amputation of his index finger and severe damage to his thumb and middle finger. He returned to the playing field halfway through the 2015 season, wearing a large club that made it impossible for him to grab and tackle with his right hand. Pierre-Paul started the eight games he played in and finished the season with 26 tackles, 1 sack, and 6 pass defenses. Pierre-Paul was drafted in the 1st round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Giants. His best season came in 2011 when he accrued 86 tackles and 16.5 sacks. After two down seasons in 2012 and 2013 (total 8.5 sacks), Pierre-Paul rebounded in 2014 with 77 tackles and 12.5 sacks. Pierre-Paul had surgery in June 2013 to repair a herniated disc in his lower back and suffered a shoulder injury that caused him to miss the last five games of that season. Pierre-Paul has an excellent combination of size, strength, and athleticism. When healthy and focused, Pierre-Paul can be an explosive, disruptive difference-maker. His tremendous wingspan helps him to bat passes down at the line of scrimmage (34 career pass defenses and 2 interceptions). As a pass rusher, he can beat blockers with both power and movement skills. Pierre-Paul is a very good run defender, both at the point-of-attack as well as in backside pursuit. He can be vulnerable to misdirection such as on read-option plays. Pierre-Paul’s intensity, focus, and effort have been questioned at times. Now permanently-damaged goods, it is doubtful he will ever regain his 2011 form.

S BENNETT JACKSON (Re-Signed Exclusive Rights Free Agent): Jackson was placed on Injured Reserve before the season started in September 2015 after tearing the ACL in his right knee in the second preseason game. The Giants drafted Jackson in the 6th round of the 2014 NFL Draft. During his rookie season, he was waived, signed to the Practice Squad, and then placed on the Practice Squad/Injured List with cartilage damage to his left knee injury that required microfracture surgery. Jackson converted to cornerback from wide receiver at Notre Dame. The Giants shifted him to safety during the 2015 offseason. Jackson is a bit of a corner/safety ‘tweener. While he he has good speed and coverage skills for a safety, he lacks ideal size and physicality for the position. Before he was injured, Jackson was receiving first team reps at safety and as the team’s nickel corner.

WR ANTHONY DABLÉ (Street Free Agent): The Giants signed Dablé in February 2016. Dablé is a Frenchman who played for the Braunschweig New Yorker Lions of the German Football League in 2015. He supposedly speaks French, German, and English. Dablé caught 145 passes for nearly 2,500 and 32 touchdowns in his two seasons with the New Yorker Lions. He has very good size (6’5”, 215 pounds).

LS ZAK DEOSSIE (Re-Signed Unrestricted Free Agent): After never missing a game for the first eight years of his NFL career, DeOssie ended up missing the final four regular-season games of 2015 with a wrist injury that required surgery. DeOssie is one of the NFL’s most consistent long snappers, being voted to the Pro Bowl in 2008 and 2010. DeOssie was drafted as a linebacker by the Giants in the 4th round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He is now strictly a special teams player. Aside from his long snapping duties, DeOssie also excels in punt coverage.

DT LOUIS NIX (Reserve/Future Contract): Nix was signed by the Giants after he was waived by the Houston Texans in September 2015. He was active in four games but rarely saw any action. The Giants waived him in November and then signed him to the Practice Squad. Nix was originally drafted in the 3rd round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Texans. He has been plagued with injuries, having knee surgery in 2013 at Notre Dame, knee surgery in the summer of 2014 with the Texans, and then a wrist issue that landed him on Injured Reserve in September 2014 with the Texans. He never played in a regular-season game with Houston. Nix is a strong, mammoth nose tackle-type lineman who can take on the double-team and hold the point-of-attack when healthy. Although Nix is a good athlete for his size, he is more of a run defender than pass rusher. Nix’s professionalism and work ethic were questioned in Houston.

QB G.J. KINNE (Reserve/Future Contract): The Giants signed Kinne to the Practice Squad twice in September 2015. Kinne was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the New York Jets after the 2012 NFL Draft. Since then, he has spent time with the Jets (2012), UFL – Omaha Nighthawks (2012), AFL – Antonio Talons (2013), and Philadelphia Eagles (2013-15). After spending two years on Philadelphia’s Practice Squad in 2013-14, the Eagles converted him from quarterback to wide receiver and running back. Kinne lacks ideal size for a quarterback but he is a very good athlete with a decent arm. Tough, hard working, and competitive.

WR TAVARRES KING (Reserve/Future Contract): The Giants signed King to the Practice Squad in late September 2015. King was originally drafted in the 5th round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos. He has spent time with the Broncos (2013), Panthers (2013-14), Jaguars (2014), and Buccaneers (2014-15). King was waived by the Buccaneers in early September. King lacks ideal size, but he is a fast receiver who can get deep. He is not a physical player and is best suited as an outside receiver.

OC SHANE McDERMOTT (Reserve/Future Contract): The Giants signed McDermott to the Practice Squad in November 2015. McDermott was originally signed by the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2015 NFL Draft. The Cowboys cut him in early September. He then spent a week on the Practice Squad of the Carolina Panthers in September. McDermott is a blue-collar, overachiever who lacks ideal athleticism and strength.

OT JAKE RODGERS (Reserve/Future Contract): The Giants signed Rodgers to the Practice Squad in December 2015. Rodgers was originally drafted in the 7th round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons waived him in early September. Rodgers is a developmental prospect with a nice combination of size and athletic ability.

CB LEON McFADDEN (Reserve/Future Contract): The Giants signed McFadden off of the Practice Squad of the Arizona Cardinals in October 2015, but waived him on December 5th after he had played in two games and then signed him to the Practice Squad. McFadden was originally drafted in the 3rd round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns. He played in all 16 games as a rookie with two starts. The Browns waived him in August 2014. Since then, he has spent time with the Jets, 49ers, Cardinals, and Giants. McFadden played in seven games for the 49ers in 2014. The 49ers waived him in September 2015. McFadden is an average-sized corner with good quickness.

PK TOM OBARSKI (Reserve/Future Contract): The Giants signed Obarski to a reserve/future contract in January 2016. Obarski was originally signed by the Cincinnati Bengals as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2015 NFL Draft, but he did not make the team. Obarski has a strong leg for field goals but does not kickoff as well for distance.

2015 New York Giants Free Agent Signings


LS TYLER OTT (Street Free Agent): The Giants signed Ott in late December 2015 after team placed Danny Aiken on Injured Reserve. Ott was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the New England Patriots after the 2014 NFL Draft. He did not make the team, but spent time with the Patriots again and the St. Louis Rams before the 2015 season.

DT BARRY COFIELD (Street Free Agent): The Giants signed Cofield in December 2015. Cofield was originally drafted in the 4th round of the 2006 NFL Draft by the Giants. He started 78 regular season games in five years in New York, accruing 210 tackles and 10.5 sacks. He signed with the Washington Redskins after the 2010 season and played four seasons in Washington, starting 51 games and accruing 100 tackles and 9 sacks. Cofield missed half of the 2014 season with a high ankle sprain and groin injury and was released by the Redskins in February 2015. In March 2015, he underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in his hip. Cofield is an average-sized defensive tackle, but he is strong, consistent, and occasionally flashes the ability to penetrate and make plays behind the line of scrimmage. While Cofield is not overly stout at the point-of-attack, he is a better-than-average run defender who fights hard and hustles. Cofield is smart and team-oriented.

LS DANNY AIKEN (Street Free Agent): The Giants signed Aiken in December 2015 after the team had to place Zak DeOssie on Injured Reserve. Aiken was originally signed by the Buffalo Bills as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2011 NFL Draft. Since then, he has spent time with Bills (2011), New England Patriots (2011-14), and Carolina Panthers (2015). He played in 63 regular-season games and 10 postseason games for the Patriots, including Super Bowl XLVI against the Giants.

WR HAKEEM NICKS (Street Free Agent): The Giants signed Nicks to the 53-man roster in November 2015. Nicks was originally drafted by the Giants in the 1st round of the 2009 NFL Draft. His two best pro seasons came in 2010 and 2011 when he compiled 155 catches for 2,244 yards and 18 touchdowns in 28 regular-season games. However, after two disappointing seasons in 2012 and 2013 where Nicks’ production fell to 109 passes for 1,588 yards and three touchdowns in 28 regular-season games, Nicks departed in free agency for the Indianapolis Colts. Nicks’ production in Indianapolis was disappointing as he caught 38 passes for 405 yards and four touchdowns. He tried to catch on with the Tennessee Titans in training camp in 2015 but did not make the team. Nicks’ demise has largely been attributed to injuries. Nicks has never fully completed a 16-game season with the Giants. He suffered from compartment syndrome in 2010. In 2012, he broke his right foot during non-contact OTA drills in May and then injured his knee (PCL) in Week 2 in September. Both injuries required surgery, the foot before the season and the knee after the season. Nicks has a nice combination of size, strength, and athletic ability. He has long arms and big hands. While not a burner, Nicks plays faster than he times and can make big plays down the field. When on top of his game, Nicks adjusts well to the football and attacks the ball when it is in the air. He has good hands. But even though he’s only 27 years old, he just hasn’t been the same player since injuring his knee in Week 2 of the 2012 season.

DE JASON PIERRE-PAUL (Re-Signed Franchise Player): Pierre-Paul suffered serious and permanent injuries to his right hand from a July 4th fireworks accident, including the amputation of his index finger. It remains to be seen how the injuries will impact his playing career. In his fifth NFL season in 2014, Pierre-Paul had his second-best season, starting all 16 games and finishing with 77 tackles, 12.5 sacks, six pass defenses, and three forced fumbles. Pierre-Paul played the run well most of the year and finished up strong as a pass rusher after a slow start, with nine of his sacks coming in the last five games of the season. Pierre-Paul was originally drafted in the 1st round of the 2010 NFL Draft. His best season came in 2011 when he accrued 86 tackles and 16.5 sacks. 2012 and 2013 were down seasons for him with a total of only 8.5 sacks. Pierre-Paul had surgery in June 2013 to repair a herniated disc in his lower back and suffered a shoulder injury that caused him to miss the last five games of that season. Pierre-Paul has an excellent combination of size, strength, and athleticism. When healthy and focused, Pierre-Paul can be an explosive, disruptive difference-maker. His tremendous wingspan helps him to bat passes down at the line of scrimmage (28 career pass defenses and 2 interceptions). As a pass rusher, he can beat blockers with both power and movement skills. He could improve his initial quickness off the snap. Pierre-Paul is a very good run defender both at the point-of-attack as well as in backside pursuit. He can be vulnerable to misdirection such as on read-option plays. To become a truly great player, Pierre-Paul needs to be consistently great on a game-to-game basis and not disappear in some contests.

CB LEON McFADDEN (Signed Off of Cardinals Practice Squad): The Giants signed Leon McFadden off of the Practice Squad of the Arizona Cardinals in October 2015. McFadden was originally drafted in the 3rd round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns. He played in all 16 games as a rookie with two starts. The Browns waived him in August 2014. Since then, he has spent time with the Jets, 49ers, and Cardinals. McFadden played in seven games with no starts for the 49ers in 2014. The 49ers waived him in September 2015. McFadden is an average-sized corner with good quickness.

DT LOUIS NIX (Cut by Houston Texans): Nix was signed by the Giants after he was waived by the Houston Texans in September 2015. Nix was originally drafted in the 3rd round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Texans. He has been plagued with injuries, having knee surgery in 2013 at Notre Dame, knee surgery in Summer 2014 with the Texans, and then a wrist issue that landed him on Injured Reserve in September 2014 with the Texans. He never played in a regular-season game with Houston. Nix is a strong, mammoth nose tackle-type lineman who can take on the double-team and hold the point-of-attack when healthy. Although Nix is a good athlete for his size, he is more of a run defender than pass rusher. Nix’s professionalism and work ethic were questioned in Houston.

LB JASPER BRINKLEY (Cut by Dallas Cowboys): The Giants signed Brinkley in September 2015 after he was released by the Dallas Cowboys. Brinkley was originally drafted in the 5th round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings. Since that time, he has spent time with the Vikings (2009-12, 2014), Cardinals (2013), and Cowboys (2015). Brinkley has played in 79 regular-season games with 33 starts. He missed the 2011 season due to hip surgery. Brinkley started 11 games with the Vikings in 2014 and finished the year with 74 tackles, one sack, and one forced fumble. Brinkley is a big linebacker who lacks ideal overall athleticism. He is a physical, two-down run defender who struggles at times in pass coverage.

S CRAIG DAHL (Cut by San Francisco 49ers): The Giants signed Dahl in September after he was released by the San Francisco 49ers. Dahl was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Giants after the 2007 NFL Draft. Since then, he has spent time with the Giants (2007-08), Rams (2009-12), and 49ers (2013-15). Dahl has started 43 regular-season games in his career, but only one in the last two seasons with the 49ers, where he was primarily a back-up safety and special teams player. Dahl has decent size but lacks ideal overall athleticism.

S STEVIE BROWN (Cut by Houston Texas): The Giants signed Brown in August 2015 after he was cut by the Houston Texans. Brown was originally drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the 7th round of the 2010 NFL Draft. The Raiders released him in September 2011 and he then spent time with the Panthers and Colts. The Giants signed him in April 2012. Brown had a tremendous season in 2012, intercepting more passes in a single season by a Giant in 44 years. He was placed on Injured Reserve in August 2013 after tearing the ACL in his left knee in the preseason. Brown played in all 16 games in 2014 for the Giants. He started the first three games of the season, lost his starting job for eight weeks, then regained it for the last five weeks of the season. He suffered a Lisfranc injury in the 2014 regular-season finale. Brown finished with 38 tackles, one sack, and one pass defense. Despite his size, he does not stand out as a run defender or tackler. Against the pass, Brown lacks range and quickness, and is prone to making mental mistakes. Contrary to 2012, he rarely made plays on the football in 2014.

LB ASHLEE PALMER (Unrestricted Free Agent from the Detroit Lions): Palmer was signed by the Giants as an unrestricted free agent in August 2015. Palmer was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Buffalo Bills after the 2009 NFL Draft. He has played both for the Bills (2009) and Detroit Lions (2010-14). In six seasons, Palmer has started 24 games. In 2014, he played in 16 regular-season game for the Lions, starting five, and accrued 12 tackles, 1.5 sacks, and two pass defenses. Palmer is a good special teams player.

S BRANDON MERIWEATHER (Unrestricted Free Agent from the Washington Redskins): The Giants signed Meriweather in August 2015. Meriweather was originally drafted in the 1st round of the 2007 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots. He has played with the Patriots (2007-10), Chicago Bears (2011), and Washington Redskins (2012-14). Meriweather was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2009 and 2010 with the Patriots. In 2014, he started all 10 games in which he played for Washington. He finished with 55 tackles, three sacks, four passes defensed, three forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery. A very tough and physical player for his size, Meriweather is big hitter and good tackler. He also does a good job of reading opposing formations. However, Meriweather lacks ideal speed and range to cover the deep center field. Meriweather has missed a lot of games in recent years due to injuries and suspensions for illegal hits.

WR DERRICK JOHNSON (Street Free Agent): Johnson was signed as a street free agent in August 2015. He was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the New England Patriots after the 2014 NFL Draft, but he was waived in August 2014. He spent some brief time on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Practice Squad. Johnson has only average size, but he is a good athlete with decent speed and agility.

WR JAMES JONES (Unrestricted Free Agent released by Oakland Raiders): Jones was signed by the Giants as an unrestricted free agent in August 2015. Jones was originally drafted in the 3rd round of the 2007 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers. Jones signed a 3-year deal with the Oakland Raiders in 2014. Jones caught 73 passes for 666 yards and six touchdowns in 2014, but the Raiders cut him in May 2015. In eight NFL seasons, Jones has 383 career regular-season receptions for 4,971 yards and 43 touchdowns. Jones has a nice combination of size and athletic ability. He is capable of making acrobatic catches but also drops some balls.

S JEROMY MILES (Unrestricted Free Agent from the Baltimore Ravens): Miles was signed by the Giants as an unrestricted free agent from the Baltimore Ravens in July 2015. Miles originally entered the league as an undrafted rookie free agent signed by the Cincinnati Bengals after the 2010 NFL Draft. The Bengals waived him in September 2013 and he was then claimed off of waivers by the Ravens. Primarily a career back-up, most of Miles’ experience coming on special teams. He has three career starts, two coming last season with Baltimore. He finished 2014 with 28 tackles and one interception, pass defense, and forced fumble.

TE LARRY DONNELL (Re-Signed Exclusive Rights Free Agent): Donnell went from a little-known player to the team’s primary tight end in 2014, playing in all 16 games with 12 starts. Donnell finished the season with 63 catches for 623 yards and six touchdowns. Donnell originally went undrafted and unsigned in 2011. The Giants signed him as a street free agent in March 2012 and Donnell spent 2012 on the team’s Practice Squad. Donnell made the 53-man roster in 2013 and was active for all 16 games, starting one contest. He finished the season with only three catches for 31 yards. Donnell combines very good size and overall athleticism. A very raw player when he came to the Giants, Donnell is still a work in progress. In the passing game, Donnell is a big target, adjusts well for the football, and is capable of making the circus catch. He needs to do a better job of holding onto the football (four fumbles in 2014) and gaining yards after the catch. While Donnell gives a good effort, he still has a lot of work to do to improve as a blocker.

CB CHANDLER FENNER (Re-Signed Exclusive Rights Free Agent): Fenner was signed to the 53-man roster from the Practice Squad in October 2014. He played in 11 games, mainly on special teams, and finished the season with seven tackles. Fenner was originally signed by the Kansas City Chiefs as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2012 NFL Draft. He did not make the team but the Seattle Seahawks signed him to their Practice Squad in December 2012. He missed all of 2013 with a knee injury that landed him on Seattle’s Injured Reserve. The Giants signed Chandler Fenner in August 2014. Fenner has a nice combination of size and athleticism and he plays a physical game.

LB RYAN JONES (Street Free Agent): Jones was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Baltimore Ravens after the 2014 NFL Draft, but he was waived/injured less than a month later with a foot injury. Jones has a nice combination of size (6’4”, 245 pounds) and athleticism (4.68 40-yard dash at his pro day last offseason). But he is raw, having played two years at Montana Tech.

CB/S JOSH GORDY (Unrestricted Free Agent from the Indianapolis Colts): Gordy was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Jacksonville Jaguars after the 2010 NFL Draft. Since that time, he has spent time with the Jaguars (2010), Green Bay Packers (2010), St. Louis Rams (2011), and Colts (2012-14). In five NFL seasons, Gordy has played in 59 regular-season games with 11 starts. In 2014 with the Colts, Gordy played in 16 regular-season games with one start, finishing the season with 24 tackles, 4 pass defenses, and 1 interception. Gordy’s best season was in 2011 with the Rams under Steve Spagnuolo when he started nine games and accrued 43 tackles and 3 interceptions. The Rams traded him to the Colts in August 2012. Gordy, who is 5’11 and 196 pounds, has experience at both corner and safety. He started one game at safety for the Colts in 2014, but reportedly struggled as the team’s fourth corner.

DE GEORGE SELVIE (Unrestricted Free Agent from the Dallas Cowboys): Selvie was a collegiate teammate of defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul at the University of South Florida. Selvie was drafted in the 7th round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams. Since that time, he has played with the Rams (2010), Carolina Panthers (2011), Jacksonville Jaguars (2011-12), and Cowboys (2013-14). Selvie also worked out for the Giants at a mini-camp in 2013 but was not signed and then signed with the Cowboys. He started 29 regular-season games for Dallas in the last two years, accruing 75 tackles and 10 sacks. Selvie has good size (6’4”, 270 pounds). He is a solid run defender who flashes at times in the pass rush, particularly in 2013 when he registered seven sacks.

TE DANIEL FELLS (Re-Signed Unrestricted Free Agent): Fells was the #2 tight end for the Giants in 2014. He played in all 16 games with nine starts and finished the season with 16 catches for 188 yards and four touchdowns. Fells was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Atlanta Falcons after the 2006 NFL Draft. He has spent time with the Falcons, Raiders, Buccaneers, Rams, Broncos, and Patriots. The Giants signed Fells to a reserve/future contract in January 2014. Fells has good size and average athletic ability. He is a decent blocker. He does not really threaten defenses as a receiver, but he is reliable.

DT KENRICK ELLIS (Unrestricted Free Agent from the New York Jets): Ellis is a huge (6’4”, 346 pound) run-stuffing defensive tackle who was drafted in the 3rd round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Jets. Ellis did not start a game for the Jets in 2014, but he was a valuable reserve on a talented defensive line. In four seasons with the Jets, Ellis has played in 47 games with five starts. He has accrued 53 tackles and only one sack during that time.

OG JOHN JERRY (Re-Signed Unrestricted Free Agent): Jerry started all 16 games at right guard for the Giants in 2014. He was a wildly inconsistent player who alternated far too much between solid and poor play. Jerry was originally drafted in the 3rd round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Dolphins where he started 45 games in his first four seasons in the NFL. The Giants signed Jerry as an unrestricted free agent in March 2014. Jerry looks the part with very good size and long arms, and he flashes both as a run and pass blocker. But he simply is not consistently reliable, technique-oriented, and physical enough blocking for both the run and the pass. Simply put, Jerry needs to work harder at keeping his opponent from making the play. He also seemed to struggle at times mentally with recognizing stunts and blitzes in pass protection.

CB CHYKIE BROWN (Re-Signed Unrestricted Free Agent): The Giants claimed Brown off of waivers from the Baltimore Ravens in November 2014. He ended up playing in eight games with four starts and finished the season with 31 tackles and two pass defenses for the Giants. Brown was originally drafted by the Ravens in the 5th round of the 2011 NFL Draft. In four seasons with the Ravens, Brown played in 46 regular-season games with two starts. Brown has decent size and athletic ability. While he struggled in Baltimore, Brown held his own for the Giants in the final month of the season.

FB HENRY HYNOSKI (Re-Signed Unrestricted Free Agent): Hynoski played in all 16 games in 2014, with four starts. Although he saw his playing time reduced in the new West Coast system, Hynoski actually had a career-high seven carries for 13 yards as the Giants used him more as a short-yardage runner. However, 2014 was the first season he did not catch a pass. That all said, the strength of Hynoski’s game is still his run blocking. Hynoski originally signed with the Giants as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2011 NFL Draft. Hynoski missed virtually all of 2013 with knee and shoulder injuries. A bit of a throwback, Hynoski is a big, physical player. He is not overly athletic as he lacks speed and agility.

LB MARK HERZLICH (Re-Signed Unrestricted Free Agent): In his fourth season with the Giants, Mark Herzlich had his most productive season, playing in 15 games with eight starts at outside linebacker. He finished the season with 52 tackles, one sack, and two pass defenses. Herzlich was signed as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2011 NFL Draft. Herzlich was regarded as one of the better collegiate linebackers in the country before missing the 2009 season with bone cancer, which led to him having a titanium rod inserted into his left femur. Herzlich has very good size but is a sup-par athlete for the position. He is a good run defender, but struggles in coverage and is not much of a blitzer.

RB SHANE VEREEN (Unrestricted Free Agent Signed from the New England Patriots): The Giants signed Vereen in March 2015. Vereen was originally selected in the 2nd round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Patriots. In four years in New England, Vereen played in 42 regular-season games with eight starts (six of those coming in 2014). In the 2014 regular-season, Vereen carried the ball 96 times for 391 yards and two touchdowns and caught 52 passes for 447 yards and three touchdowns. He also caught 11 passes in Super Bowl XLIX. Vereen lacks ideal size and power, but he is an elusive back with good vision and speed. Vereen is one of the better pass-catching backs in the NFL as he runs good routes and has good hands. He is also solid in pass protection. Vereen has been somewhat injury prone, completing only one 16-game season.

WR DWAYNE HARRIS (Unrestricted Free Agent Signed from the Dallas Cowboys): The Giants signed Harris in March 2015. Harris was originally drafted in the 6th round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Cowboys. In four seasons with the Cowboys, Harris has played in 52 regular-season games with three starts, catching 33 passes for 418 yards and three touchdowns. He has also averaged 26.6 yards per kickoff return on 77 kickoff returns and 11.1 yards per punt return on 87 punt returns. Harris has returned two punts for touchdowns. Harris has decent size, speed, and quickness. He is a very good special teams players, not just as a returner but on kick/punt coverage. Harris has won the “NFC Special Teams Player of the Week” three times, including once against the Giants.

OT MARSHALL NEWHOUSE (Unrestricted Free Agent Signed from the Cincinnati Bengals): The Giants signed Newhouse in March 2015. Newhouse was originally drafted in the 5th round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers. He was the starting left tackle for the Packers in 2011 and 2012 before losing his starting job in 2013. Newhouse signed with the Bengals as a free agent in 2014 and he started five games for the Bengals. However, he struggled at right tackle for Cincinnati and was benched. Newhouse has a very good combination of size and overall athleticism, and he is versatile. But Newhouse has been a very inconsistent player who has lost starting jobs twice in his NFL career.

LB J.T. THOMAS (Unrestricted Free Agent Signed from the Jacksonville Jaguars): The Giants signed Thomas in March 2015. Thomas was originally drafted in the 6th round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears. The Bears waived him in August 2013 and he was claimed off of waivers by the Jacksonville Jaguars. Thomas played in 16 regular-season games in 2014 with 10 starts at middle linebacker. He finished the season with 84 tackles, two interceptions, and two forced fumbles. Thomas lacks ideal size, but he’s an athletic linebacker who can play all three linebacker positions. He is also a good special teams player.

LB JONATHAN CASILLAS (Unrestricted Free Agent Signed from the New England Patriots): The Giants signed Casillas in March 2015. Casillas was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the New Orleans Saints after the 2009 NFL Draft. He has played for the Saints (2009-11), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2013-14), and Patriots (2014). Last season, Casillas played in five games for the Buccaneers before being traded to the Patriots in late October. In eight games for the Patriots with three starts, Casillas accrued 28 tackles. Casillas lacks ideal size and has issues against the run, but he is speedy linebacker who is good in coverage. He is a good special teams player.

RB CHRIS OGBONNAYA (Re-Signed Unrestricted Free Agent): Ogbonnaya was originally drafted in the 7th round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams. Since then he has played for the Rams (2009), Texans (2011), Browns (2011-13), and Panthers (2014). Ogbonnaya was signed to the 53-man roster of the Giants in December 2014. Ogbonnaya has played in 51 games with 12 starts and has carried the ball 158 times for 710 yards and two touchdowns. He also has 96 catches for 714 yards and two touchdowns. Ogbonnaya is a big back with good speed. He has good hands catching the ball.

OG/OC DALLAS REYNOLDS (Re-Signed Restricted Free Agent): Reynolds was active as a reserve linemen in 15 games in 2014, but he did not start. Reynolds was originally signed by the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2009 NFL Draft. He spent time on the Eagles’ Practice Squad from 2009-11. In 2012, Reynolds played in 16 regular-season games with 14 starts with Philadelphia. The Eagles waived him August 2013 and he was signed by the Giants in October of that year. A limited athlete with good size, Reynolds is smart and tries hard. He has experience at both center and guard, but he has struggled when called upon to play.

WR KEVIN OGLETREE (Re-Signed Unrestricted Free Agent): Ogletree was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Dallas Cowboys after the 2009 NFL Draft. He has spent time with the Cowboys (2009-12), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2013), and Detroit Lions (2013-14). The Lions waived Olgetree in September last year and the Giants then signed him in October. He played in seven games with the Giants, but only caught five passes for 50 yards. In six NFL season, Olgetree has played in 69 games with four starts. He has 83 career receptions for 1,049 yards and six touchdowns – two of which he scored against the Giants in the 2012 opener as a Cowboy. Ogletree has decent size, athletic ability, and hands.

OC BRETT JONES (Signed from Canadian Football League): Brett Jones was signed by the Giants in February 2015. Jones was originally drafted by the CFL Calgary Stampeders in 2013. He was named the CFL’s “Most Outstanding Rookie” after that season. Jones was also named the CFL’s “Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman” in 2014. Jones lacks ideal height but he is well built with good overall athleticism for the center position. He is a tough, aggressive lineman and very smart.

CB TREVIN WADE (Street Free Agent): The Giants signed Trevin Wade to a Reserve/Future contract in January 2015. Wade was originally drafted in the 7th round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns. The Browns released him in August 2013 and he was then signed by the New Orleans Saints in November 2013. He spent time on the Practice Squads of the Saints and Lions in 2014. Wade has played in 15 NFL regular-season games and two post-season games. Wade is a decent-sized corner with only average athletic ability and speed.

OT EMMETT CLEARY (Street Free Agent): The Giants signed Emmett Cleary to a Reserve/Future contract in January 2015. Cleary was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Indianapolis Colts after the 2013 NFL Draft. He has since also spent time with the Buccaneers, Raiders, and Bengals. Cleary has good size but he needs to get stronger. He is a decent athlete who has played both right and left tackle.

QB RICKY STANZI (Street Free Agent): The Giants signed Ricky Stanzi to a future/reserve contract in January 2015. Stanzi was originally drafted in the 5th round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs waived him in August 2013 and he has since spent time with the Jaguars and Texans. He has never thrown a pass in a regular-season game. Stanzi has very good size and is a good athlete with a strong arm. Stanzi has inconsistent pocket toughness and accuracy. He will make some risky throws. Stanzi is not really a scrambling threat.

PK CHRIS BOSWELL (Street Free Agent): The Giants signed Chris Boswell to a reserve/future contract in January 2015. Boswell was originally signed by the Houston Texans as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2014 NFL Draft and spent time on the team’s practice squad. Boswell has experience both place kicking and punting. Boswell has a strong leg, which also aids him on kickoffs. He needs to improve his overall consistency.

LB VICTOR BUTLER (Street Free Agent): The Giants signed Butler to a Reserve/Future contract in January 2015. Butler was originally drafted in the 4th round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys. Since then, he has spent time with the Cowboys (2009-12), Saints (2013), Cardinals (2014), and Colts (2014). Butler has played in 65 games with two starts with a total of 91 tackles, 11 sacks, four pass defenses, and four forced fumbles. Butler is a DE/LB ‘tweener who is too small for the line and not ideally athletic enough for linebacker. He can rush the passer. Butler missed the 2013 season with a torn ACL knee injury that he suffered during training camp that year.

P ROBERT MALONE (Street Free Agent): The Giants signed Malone to a Reserve/Future contract in late December 2014. Malone played 31 games for Tampa Bay, Detroit, and the Jets from 2010-13. He has 157 career punts for a 44.5-yard gross average and a 37.3-yard net average.

2014 New York Giants Free Agent Signings


OG ADAM GETTIS (Signed Off of Steelers Practice Squad): Adam Gettis was signed to the 53-man roster from the Practice Squad of the Pittsburgh Steelers in December 2014. Gettis was originally drafted in the 5th round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins. The Redskins waived Gettis in August 2014 and he was signed the Steelers’ Practice Squad in October. Gettis lacks ideal size, but he is athletic.

RB CHRIS OGBONNAYA (Street Free Agent): Chris Ogbonnaya was signed to the 53-man roster in December 2014. Ogbonnaya was originally drafted in the 7th round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams. Since then he has played for the Rams (2009), Texans (2011), Browns (2011-13), and Panthers (2014). Ogbonnaya has played in 51 games with 12 starts and has carried the ball 158 times for 710 yards and two touchdowns. He also has 96 catches for 714 yards and two touchdowns. Ogbonnaya is a big back with good speed. He has good hands catching the ball.

RB ORLEANS DARKWA (Signed Off of Dolphins Practice Squad): The Giants signed Orleans Darkwa off of the Practice Squad of the Miami Dolphins in November 2014. Darkwa was signed by the Dolphins as a rookie free agent after the 2014 NFL Draft. He played in four games in September before being waived in October and signed to the team’s Practice Squad. Darkwa has average size and overall athletic ability, but he is a steady, hard-working football player with good intangibles.

CB MIKE HARRIS (Signed Off of Lions Practice Squad): The Giants signed Mike Harris off of the Practice Squad of the Detroit Lions in October 2014. Harris was originally drafted in the 6th round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars. In two seasons with Jacksonville, Harris played in 31 games with eight starts. Harris was waived by the Jaguars in August 2014 before signing with the Lions in October. Harris has decent size and athleticism. He has experience playing in the slot. Harris is a good tackler and special teams player.

WR KEVIN OGLETREE (Street Free Agent): The Giants signed Kevin Ogletree in October 2014. Ogletree was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Dallas Cowboys after the 2009 NFL Draft. He has spent time with the Cowboys (2009-12), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2013), and Detroit Lions (2013-14). The Lions waived Olgetree in September. In six NFL season, Olgetree has played in 62 games with four starts. He has 78 career receptions for 999 yards and six touchdowns – two of which he scored against the Giants in the 2012 opener as a Cowboy. Ogletree has decent size, athletic ability, and hands.

OG ADAM SNYDER (Cut by San Francisco 49ers): Snyder was signed by the Giants in September 2014. Snyder was originally drafted in the 3rd round of the 2005 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers. During his career, he’s played eight seasons with the 49ers (2005-11, 2013) and one with the Arizona Cardinals (2012). Snyder is extremely versatile, having starting experience at all five offensive line positions. He’s started 87 regular-season games in nine seasons. However, despite having very good size, Snyder was considered the weak link of the starting units in San Francisco and Arizona in recent years.

DE ISRAEL IDONIJE (Street Free Agent): The Giants signed Israel Idonije in August 2014. Idonije was originally signed by the Cleveland Browns as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2003 NFL Draft. He did not make the team that season but spent time on the Practice Squad of the Chicago Bears. For nine seasons, from 2004-12, Idonije was on the 53-man roster of the Bears. He started 42 games from 2010-12. In 2013, Idonije played in 11 games with the Detroit Lions as a reserve. The Bears re-signed him in March 2014 but then released him in June. The 33-year old Idonije is nearing the end of his career, but he was a fairly productive player for the Bears, including accruing 20.5 sacks in his last three seasons in Chicago. He has good size and strength. Idonije lacks suddenness and quickness as a pass rusher. He has good intangibles as he is a hard-working, high-effort player with good character.

TE JEROME CUNNINGHAM (Street Free Agent): The Giants signed Jerome Cunningham in August 2014. Cunningham played college football at Southern Connecticut State University from 2009-2012, but he has not been with an NFL team in training camp. He did try out with the Arizona Cardinals in May, but was not signed. Cunningham lacks ideal size for the position; he’s built more like an H-Back.

CB CHANDLER FENNER (Street Free Agent): The Giants signed Fenner in August 2014. Fenner was originally signed by the Kansas City Chiefs as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2012 NFL Draft. He did not make the team but the Seattle Seahawks signed him to their Practice Squad in December 2012. He missed all of 2013 with a knee injury that landed him on Seattle’s Injured Reserve. Fenner has a nice combination of size and athleticism and he plays a physical game.

OG JOHN SULLEN (Street Free Agent): The Giants signed John Sullen as a street free agent in July 2014. Sullen was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Cincinnati Bengals after the 2013 NFL Draft. He was waived by the Bengals in August and did not play last season. Sullen has very good size and strength, but lacks ideal overall athleticism.

OT DeMARCUS LOVE (Street Free Agent): The Giants signed DeMarcus Love as a street free agent in June 2014. Love was originally drafted in the 6th round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings waived him in October 2013 and he was then picked up by the Jacksonville Jaguars, who waived him in June 2014. Love has a nice combination of size and athleticism. He needs to play with more nastiness and fire. He also needs to improve his overall technique in order to make it at the NFL level.

DT EVERETT DAWKINS (Street Free Agent): The Giants signed Everett Dawkins as a street free agent in June 2014. Dawkins was originally drafted in the 7th round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings. The Dallas Cowboys signed Dawkins off of the Vikings Practice Squad in November 2013, but waived him three weeks later. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers then signed him to their Practice Squad. The Buccaneers waived Dawkins in June 2014. Dawkins is a 3-technique tackle who lacks ideal size, but he is quick and athletic and can be disruptive. He needs to add size and strength. Dawkins is not overly stout against the run. He needs to play with better leaverage.

LB TERRELL MANNING (Street Free Agent): Manning was signed as a street free agent by the Giants in June 2014. Manning was originally drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the 5th round of the 2012 NFL Draft. Since then, he has spent time with the Packers (2012-13), Chargers (2013), and Vikings (2014). The Vikings waived him in May 2014. Manning has played in six NFL games with no starts. He has three career tackles. Manning has decent but not ideal overall athleticism and size. Lacks speed. He’s an instinctive, aggressive physical player against the run. Good hitter and tackler. However, Manning needs to improve in pass coverage. He has been slowed by illness/injuries (parasite/colitis, shoulder, concussion). Manning grew up idolizing Lawrence Taylor.

QB RUSTY SMITH (Unrestricted Free Agent Signed from Tennessee Titans): The Giants signed Rusty Smith as an unrestricted free agent from the Tennessee Titans in April 2014. Smith was originally drafted in the 6th round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Titans. In his four seasons with the Titans, Smith was only activated on game day three times, starting one game his rookie season. The Titans waived him August 2013, but re-signed him to their Practice Squad and later 53-man roster. In the three regular-season NFL games that Smith has played in, he completed 23-of-45 passes for 234 yards, 0 touchdowns, and 4 interceptions. Smith has excellent size and a strong arm, but he could not nail down the #2 quarterback position in Tennessee.

OL DALLAS REYNOLDS (Re-Signed Exclusive Rights Free Agent): The Giants signed Reynolds in October 2013. Due to injuries, he ended up playing in the last three games of the regular season. Reynolds was originally signed by the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2009 NFL Draft. From 2009-2011, he spent time on the Eagles’ Practice Squad. In 2012, Reynolds played in 16 regular-season games with 14 starts. The Eagles waived him August 2013. A limited athlete, Reynolds is smart and tries hard. He has experience at both center and guard, but he has struggled when called upon to start.

QB JOSH FREEMAN (Unrestricted Free Agent Signed from Minnesota Vikings): The Giants signed Josh Freeman as an unrestricted free agent from the Minnesota Vikings in April 2014. Freeman was originally drafted in the 1st round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Buccaneers released Freeman in October 2013 and he quickly signed with the Minnesota Vikings. After starting 56 regular-season games for Tampa Bay in 2009-2012, Freeman only started four games in 2013. Three of those were with Tampa Bay and one was for the Vikings, ironically against the Giants. In those four games, Freeman only completed 43 percent of his passes with two touchdowns and four interceptions. In the game against the Giants in October, Freeman played terribly and the Vikings did not allow him to see the field again. Freeman has great size (6’6”, 240 pounds) and a strong arm. But he has struggled with his accuracy (57.6 percent completion percentage) and turnovers (67 career interceptions) during his five NFL seasons. His best season was in 2010 when he started all 16 games, and threw for 3,451 yards, 25 touchdowns, and only six interceptions. But he threw a total of 39 interceptions in 2011 and 2012. Freeman needs to improve his accuracy, consistency, maturity, and work ethic if he is going to last in the NFL much longer.

TE KELLEN DAVIS (Unrestricted Free Agent Signed from Seattle Seahawks): The Giants signed Davis as an unrestricted free agent from the Seattle Seahawks in April 2014. Davis was originally drafted in the 5th round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears. Davis played five seasons with Chicago before signing with Seattle in 2013. In six seasons, Davis has played in 95 regular-season games (only missing one contest) with 39 starts. He only has 50 catches for 561 yards but 12 of those catches have gone for touchdowns. Davis only had three catches last season for Seattle. Davis has good size. He is more of a blocking-type tight end than receiver.

WR TRAVIS HARVEY (Street Free Agent): The Giants signed Harvey as a street free agent in April 2014. Harvey was originally signed by the Tennessee Titans as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2013 NFL Draft. The Titans waived him in July and he did not play football in 2013. Harvey is tall, thin receiver with good speed, quickness, and hands. However, he is very raw and needs a lot of development.

DE ROBERT AYERS (Unrestricted Free Agent Signed from Denver Broncos): The Giants signed Ayers as an unrestricted free agent from the Denver Broncos in April 2014. Ayers was originally drafted in the 1st round of the 2009 NFL by the Broncos. In five seasons with the Broncos, Ayers has played in 72 regular-season games with 27 starts. In 2013, he played in 15 games with three starts and finished the season with 29 tackles, 5.5 sacks, and one forced fumble. Ayers never lived up to his lofty draft status in Denver. For two seasons (2009-10), he was miscast as a linebacker. Ayers has good size for a defensive end and is a decent run defender. He has flashed at times as a pass rusher, but he only has 12 career sacks. Versatile, Ayers can move inside in pass rush situations and he has experience playing in a 2-point stance given his experience at linebacker.

OT CHARLES BROWN (Unrestricted Free Agent Signed from New Orleans Saints): Brown was signed by the Giants as an unrestricted free agent from the New Orleans Saints in March 2014. Brown was originally drafted in the 2nd round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Saints. Brown started five games in 2011 and three games in 2012, but finished both seasons on Injured Reserve (hip in 2011 and knee in 2012). He started the first 14 games of the 2013 at left tackle but was then benched for the final four games, including two playoff games. Brown looks the part with good size, long arms, and overall athleticism. But he is not overly tough or aggressive. Brown flashes the ability but he is not consistent. He struggled at times in pass protection at left tackle and he needs to cut down on the number of penalties (holding and illegal uses of hands). Brown is versatile, having started at both tackle spots.

DT MIKE PATTERSON (Re-Signed Unrestricted Free Agent): Patterson was first signed by the Giants in April 2013 after being cut by the Philadelphia Eagles. Patterson was originally drafted in the 1st round of the 2005 NFL Draft by Philadelphia, where in eight seasons he played in 115 regular-season games with 99 starts. Patterson underwent brain surgery in January 2012 to repair an arteriovenous malformation. He played in just five games in 2012 before being placed on the reserve/non-football illness list with pneumonia. With the Giants in 2013, Patterson played in all 16 games with one start, and he finished the season with 23 tackles. Patterson lacks ideal size and isn’t much of a pass rusher, but he’s steady against the run.

CB ZACK BOWMAN (Unrestricted Free Agent Signed from Chicago Bears): The Giants signed Bowman as an unrestricted free agent from the Chicago Bears in March 2014. Bowman was originally drafted in the 5th round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Bears. In six seasons with the Bears, Bowman has played in 73 regular-season games with 23 starts. In 2013, he started seven games and finished the season with 48 tackles, 8 pass defenses, and three interceptions. Bowman has good size and plays the run well. Though not a flashy player, he is solid and steady in coverage. Bowman is a good special teams player.

OG JOHN JERRY (Unrestricted Free Agent Signed from Miami Dolphins): The Giants signed Jerry as an unrestricted free agent from the Miami Dolphins in March 2014. Jerry was originally drafted in the 3rd round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Dolphins. Jerry started 10 games as a rookie, three games his sophomore season, and all 32 regular-season games at right guard the past two seasons for Miami. Versatile, Jerry also has some experience playing at left tackle. Jerry looks the part with very good size and long arms. He is a good athlete who can pull and block at the second level. Jerry flashes both as a run blocker and pass protector, but he is not as physical and aggressive as he should be in the run game. He has had issues with keeping his weight down since college. Jerry was cited as one of the main culprits in the Jonathan Martin bullying scandal.

WR MARIO MANNINGHAM (Unrestricted Free Agent Signed from San Francisco 49ers): Manningham with the Giants as an unrestricted free agent from the San Francisco 49ers in March 2014. Manningham was originally drafted in the 3rd round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Giants. After four seasons and a Super Bowl ring, Manningham signed with the 49ers in March 2012. Manningham tore both the ACL and PCL in his left knee in December 2012. He was activated off of the Physically-Unable-to-Perform (PUP) List in November 2013 and played in six regular-season games for the 49ers, catching only nine passes for 85 yards, before he was placed on Injured Reserve again. Manningham lacks ideal size, but before he tore his ACL and PCL, he was a very fluid athlete with good speed, quickness, and agility. It remains to be seen how the ACL/PCL injuries has affected his overall game.

WR/RETURNER TRINDON HOLLIDAY (Unrestricted Free Agent Signed from Denver Broncos): The Giants signed Trindon Holliday in March 2014 as an unrestricted free agent from the Denver Broncos (Denver did not tender him as a restricted free agent). Holliday was originally drafted in the 6th round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Houston Texans. He spent time on and off the Texans’ 53-man roster/practice squad until waived for good in October 2012. The Broncos immediately claimed him off of waivers. Holliday only has two career receptions. In 25 regular-season games with the Broncos, he has served almost exclusively as a kickoff and punt returner. In 2013, he averaged 27.7 yards per kick return and 8.5 yards per punt return. Holliday has three kickoff and three punt return touchdowns in his career. However, he also has fumbled the football 11 times as a returner in his career. Holliday is very short (5’5”) but he has excellent speed and quickness. He is a very dangerous return man with excellent vision and instincts. He is a threat to score every time he touches the football. Obviously, his lack of size limits his potential as a wide receiver and he must improve his ball security.

CB DOMINIQUE RODGERS-CROMARTIE (Unrestricted Free Agent Signed from Denver Broncos): The New York Giants signed Rodgers-Cromartie as an unrestricted free agent from the Denver Broncos in March 2014. Rodgers-Cromartie was originally drafted in the 1st round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals. He was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles in 2011 and signed with the Broncos as an unrestricted free agent in 2013. In 2013, he started 13 regular-season games and finished the season with 31 tackles, 14 pass defenses, and three interceptions. Rodgers-Cromartie is tall, thin corner with very good overall athleticism. When motivated and focused, he is one of the better cover corners in the NFL and can shut down his opposing receiver. But Rodgers-Cromartie is an inconsistent player whose effort and dedication have been questioned at times in the past. He not a very physical player or tackler.

LB SPENCER PAYSINGER (Re-Signed Restricted Free Agent): In his third season with the Giants, Paysinger saw his playing time increase dramatically as he played in all 16 games with 10 starts. Paysinger finished 2013 with 74 tackles, 1 sack, and 1 pass defense. Paysinger was signed as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2011 NFL Draft. Paysinger is a decent athlete who has gotten bigger and stronger. He has also improved his run defense and become a more forceful hitter and tackler. Paysinger is a good special teams player.

CB WALTER THURMOND (Unrestricted Free Agent Signed from Seattle Seahawks): The Giants signed Walter Thurmond III as an unrestricted free agent from the Seattle Seahawks in March 2014. Thurmond was originally drafted in the 4th round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Seahawks. He missed much of the 2011 and 2012 seasons recovering from a broken leg (fibula), playing in only eight regular-season games. In November 2013, he was suspended four games for violating the NFL’s drug policy. Last season, he played in 12 regular-season games, with three starts, and finished with 33 tackles, six pass defenses, and one interception that he returned for a touchdown. Thurmond combines decent size with good speed and quickness. Smooth in coverage. He is one of the better slot corners/nickel backs in the NFL. Thurmond obviously has off-the-field concerns.

S QUINTIN DEMPS (Unrestricted Free Agent Signed from Kansas City Chiefs): The Giants signed Demps as an unrestricted free agent from the Kansas City Chiefs in March 2014. Demps was originally drafted in the 4th round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles. He has spent time with the Eagles (2008-09), Houston Texans (2010-12), and Chiefs (2013). In 2013, Demps has his best season as a defensive back, starting six regular-season games for the Chiefs and finishing with 35 tackles, nine pass defenses, and four interceptions. He also returned 33 kickoffs for 992 yards and one touchdown (30.1 yards per return). Demps has decent size for a safety. He has good range and can make plays on the football. However, Demps has been very inconsistent throughout his career, not starting a game in his first five seasons with the Eagles and Texans. Demps is a very good special teams player.

LB JAMEEL McCLAIN (Street Free Agent): The Giants signed McClain in March 2014. McClain was originally signed by the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2008 NFL Draft. In six seasons with the Ravens, McClain started 55 regular-season games with 54 of those starts coming in the last four seasons. A serious neck injury (spinal contusion) suffered late in 2012 caused him to miss the first six games of the 2013 season on the Physically-Unable-to-Perform (PUP) List. The Ravens released him in February 2014. A defensive end in college, McClain has good size and he is versatile – he has experience playing both inside and outside linebacker. He is an aggressive, hard-working, tough, physical player who is solid against the run. McClain lack ideal overall athleticism and isn’t as strong in pass coverage. McClain was a well-respected team leader in Baltimore. Good special teams player.

FB HENRY HYNOSKI (Re-Signed Unrestricted Free Agent): Hynoski was placed on Injured Reserve in September 2013 with a fractured left shoulder. Hynoski also missed most of the offseason work, including training camp and the preseason, when he suffered an injury to his medial collateral ligament (MCL) and a chip fracture to the lateral plateau in his left knee in May. Before the injuries, Hynoski was developing into a very solid fullback. The strength of his game is his run blocking. He’s a big, strong, aggressive, and physical fullback with the right temperament for the position. Hynoski has not been used much as a runner or receiver though in 2012 he did have five carries for 20 yards and also caught 11 passes for 50 yards and a touchdown. Hynoski has good hands as a receiver, but he’s a bit stiff and straight-linish as an athlete in the open field.

QB CURTIS PAINTER (Re-Signed Unrestricted Free Agent): The Giants signed Painter to a Reserve/Future contract in January 2013. He won the #2 job in training camp and the preseason. Painter played in garbage time in two blowout losses to the Panthers and Seahawks, where he completed 6-of-8 passes for 46 yards and one interception. He played the entire second half of the season-finale against the Redskins after Eli Manning was hurt. Painter did not impress in that game, going 2-of-8 for 11 yards and one interception and fumbling the ball twice. Painter was originally drafted in the 6th round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts waived him in March 2012. The Baltimore Ravens signed him in April 2012 but waived him in August 2012. In 2011, Painter started eight games for the Colts, completing 54.3 percent of his passes for 1,541 yards, 6 touchdowns, and 9 interceptions. Painter has good size and a decent arm, but he has struggled at the NFL level in terms of his decision-making and accuracy (51.6 career completion percentage).

OC J.D. WALTON (Unrestricted Free Agent Signed from Washington Redskins): The Giants signed Walton in March 2014. Walton was originally drafted in the 3rd round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos. He started 32 regular-season games in 2010 and 20011 and the first four games of 2012 until he missed the rest of the season with a severe left ankle injury that required surgery. Walton had a setback on the ankle during the following offseason and underwent a second surgery in June 2013. He missed all of training camp and the preseason and was placed on the Physically-Unable-to-Perform (PUP) List. The Broncos waived him in December 2013 and Walton was then claimed off of waivers by the Redskins. Walton has average size and athletic ability for a center. However, Walton is a smart, tough, instinctive, hard-working technician. Walton will not overpower people in the run game, but he works hard at sustaining his blocks and is a solid pass protector.

LB JON BEASON (Re-Signed Unrestricted Free Agent): The Giants acquired Beason in a trade with the Carolina Panthers in October 2013. He played in 12 games with the Giants, starting his last 11 at middle linebacker. In those 12 games, he finished with 93 tackles and one interception. Beason was originally drafted in the 1st round of the 2007 NFL Draft by the Panthers. He is a three-time Pro Bowler (2008-2010). Beason missed most of the 2011 season with a ruptured left Achilles tendon. He also missed most of the 2012 season with a torn right ACL, an injury that required microfracture knee surgery. Beason lacks ideal size, but he is a decent athlete with very good intangibles. He is smart, tough, instinctive, energetic, and productive, and has brought leadership and gravitas to a linebacking corps sorely needing all of those qualities. Beason is a better run defender than in coverage, where he sometimes struggles against better athletes in space. Beason is a good hitter and tackler.

OG/OT GEOFF SCHWARTZ (Unrestricted Free Agent from Kansas City Chiefs): The Giants signed Schwartz as an unrestricted free agent from the Kansas City Chiefs in March 2014. Schwartz was originally drafted in the 7th round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Carolina Panthers. He has spent time with the Panthers (2008-10), Vikings (2012), and Chiefs (2013). Last year with the Chiefs, Schwartz started seven regular-season games. Schwartz has excellent size and can maul people as a run blocker. He is very solid in pass protection. Schwartz is versatile – he is able to play guard or right tackle.

RB RASHAD JENNINGS (Unrestricted Free Agent from Oakland Raiders): The Giants signed Jennings as an unrestricted free agent from the Oakland Raiders in March 2014. Jennings was originally drafted in the 7th round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars. He signed with the Raiders in 2013. In four NFL seasons, Jennings has started 17 regular-season games and has rushed for 1,677 yards and 13 touchdowns on 387 carries (4.3 yards per carry). In 2013, he started eight games and rushed for 733 yards and six touchdowns on 163 carries (4.5 yards per carry). He also caught 36 passes for 292 yards. Jennings is a big, physical, no-nonsense back who can punish defenders. He’s north-south runner who does his best work between-the-tackles or off tackle. He is good in pass protection only has lost one fumble in his career. Jennings has good hands as a receiver. A good special teams player, he has experience as a kick returner and has blocked two punts.

PK JOSH BROWN (Re-Signed Unrestricted Free Agent): Brown was signed by the Giants as an unrestricted free agent from the Cincinnati Bengals in March 2013. He had a strong season in 2013, making 23-of-26 field goals (88.5 percent) with a long of 52 yards. Half of his kickoffs (35-of-70) resulted in touchbacks. Brown was originally drafted in the 7th round of the 2003 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks. Before coming to the Giants, he kicked for the Seahawks (2003-07), St. Louis Rams (2009-11), and Bengals (2012).

S STEVIE BROWN (Re-Signed Unrestricted Free Agent): Brown as placed on Injured Reserve in August 2013 after tearing the ACL in his left knee in the preseason. Brown had a tremendous season in 2012, intercepting more passes in a single season by a Giant in 44 years. That year, Brown played in all 16 games, started 11, and finished with 76 tackles, 11 pass defenses, eight interceptions, and two forced fumbles. Brown was originally drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the 7th round of the 2010 NFL Draft. The Raiders released him in September 2011. After a brief stint with the Carolina Panthers, Brown was signed by the Indianapolis Colts. He played in eight games with the Colts in 2011. Set to become an exclusive rights free agent, Indianapolis did not tender him, thus making him an unrestricted free agent. The Giants then signed him in April 2012. Brown has superb size for a safety and is fast for his size. He lacks ideal quickness. In 2012, Brown not only became a ball hawk, but also became a dangerous returner after the interception, averaging over 38 yards per interception return. The big question with Brown was 2012 a fluke?

CB TRUMAINE McBRIDE (Re-Signed Unrestricted Free Agent): It did not receive much attention when the Giants signed McBride to a Reserve/Future contract in January 2013, but McBride ended up being the team’s starting left cornerback. McBride played in 15 games with 10 starts, and he finished the season with 37 tackles, 15 pass defenses, 2 interceptions, and 1 forced fumble. McBride was originally drafted in the 7th round of the 2007 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears. The Bears waived him in September 2009. He has also spent time with the Cardinals, Saints, and Jaguars. McBride lacks ideal size and speed, but he plays with good quickness and instincts. He only has three career interceptions, two coming in the 2013 regular-season finale.

RB PEYTON HILLIS (Re-Signed Unrestricted Free Agent): Released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in September, Hillis was signed by the Giants as a street free agent in October 2013 after injuries hit the running back position hard. Not really knowing the offense, Hillis was forced to play right away and ended up playing in seven games with one start. He finished the season with 73 carries for 247 yards (3.4 yards per carry) and two touchdowns. He also caught 13 passes for 96 yards. Hillis fumbled the ball twice. He also missed a game due to a concussion. Hillis was originally drafted in the 7th round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos. The Broncos traded Hillis to the Cleveland Browns in March 2010. Hillis signed with the Kansas City Chiefs in March 2012 and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in March 2013. Hillis is a bit of a halfback/fullback ‘tweener and he has experience at both positions. Hillis’ best season was in 2010 when he rushed for 1,177 yards and 11 touchdowns for the Browns and caught 61 passes for 477 yards and two touchdowns. Hillis is a big back and a decent athlete for his size. He’s a tough, physical runner between the tackles and has very good hands in the passing game. He is not quick, elusive, or fast. And because of this, he is not a good outside runner. The big negatives on him are that he has been somewhat injury prone and he has 15 career fumbles.

LB MARK HERZLICH (Re-Signed Unrestricted Free Agent): Herzlich played in all 16 games and started two games at middle linebacker in September. But the acquisition of Jon Beason in early October suggests the Giants were not happy with his play. He finished the season with 42 tackles and 1 pass defense. Herzlich was signed as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2011 NFL Draft. Herzlich was regarded as one of the better collegiate linebackers in the country before missing the 2009 season with bone cancer, which led to him having a titanium rod inserted into his left femur. Herzlich has very good size, but appears to lack the overall athleticism needed to start in the NFL. He is a solid special teams player.

P JORDAN GAY (Street Free Agent): The Giants signed Jordan Gay to a reserve/future contract in January 2014. Gay was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Carolina Panthers after the 2013 NFL Draft. The Panthers waived him in August. Gay averaged 44.8 yards per punt as a senior. He has experience as a kicker and kickoff specialist as well.

WR PRESTON PARKER (Street Free Agent): The Giants signed Parker to a reserve/future contract in January 2014. Parker was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after the 2010 NFL Draft. The Buccaneers waived him in September 2012. He was with the Saints in 2013 before they waived him in August. Parker played in 27 games with Tampa Bay, catching 44 passes for 596 yards and three touchdowns. Parker has average size but he has good quickness and hands. He also has experience returning punts and kickoffs.

TE DANIEL FELLS (Street Free Agent): The Giants signed Fells to a reserve/future contract in January 2014. Fell was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Atlanta Falcons after the 2006 NFL Draft. He has spent time with the Falcons, Raiders, Buccaneers, Rams, Broncos, and Patriots. Fells has played in 71 regular-season NFL games with 30 starts. He has 92 regular-season receptions for 1,086 yards and eight touchdowns. He last played for the Patriots in 2012, playing in 13 games with four starts. Fells has some ability as a blocker and receiver, but he is inconsistent.

OT TROY KROPOG (Street Free Agent): The Giants signed Kropog to a reserve/future contract in January 2014. Kropog was originally drafted in the 4th round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Tennessee Titans. The Titans waived him in September 2012 and he then spent time with the Jaguars (2012), Vikings (2012-13) and Redskins (2013). Kropog has a decent combination of size and athleticism, and he is a hard worker, but it hasn’t come together for him at the NFL level. Kropog has never started an NFL game since drafted. Versatile, he can play both tackle and guard.

LB SPENCER ADKINS (Street Free Agent): The Giants signed Adkins to a reserve/future contract in January 2014. Adkins was originally drafted in the 6th round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons waived him in August 2012. The Ravens signed him in January 2013 and waived him in August. In three seasons with the Falcons, Adkins played in 24 regular-season games with one start. He has 15 career tackles. Adkins is a very good athlete, but he lacks size and instincts.

PK BRANDON McMANUS (Street Free Agent): The Giants signed McManus to a reserve/future contract in January 2014. McManus was originally signed by the Indianapolis Colts as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2013 NFL Draft. The Colts waived him in August. In 2012 at Temple, McManus was 14-of-17 on field goal attempts and 32-of-33 on PATs. McManus has a strong leg and also has experience as a punter.

2013 New York Giants Free Agent Signings


OC DALLAS REYNOLDS (Street Free Agent): The Giants signed Dallas Reynolds in October 2013. Reynolds was originally signed by the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2009 NFL Draft. From 2009-2011, he spent time on the Eagles’ Practice Squad. In 2012, Reynolds played in 16 regular-season games with 14 starts. The Eagles waived him August 2013. Reynolds is a tough, smart lineman with good size. Versatile, he has experience playing at center, guard, and tackle. Reynolds lacks ideal athleticism.

RB PEYTON HILLIS (Street Free Agent): The Giants signed Hillis as a street free agent in October 2013. Hillis was originally drafted in the 7th round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos. The Broncos traded Hillis to the Cleveland Browns in March 2010. Hillis signed with the Kansas City Chiefs in March 2012 and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in March 2013. The Buccaneers released him in September. Hillis has experience at both halfback and fullback. Hillis’ best season was in 2010 when he rushed for 1,177 yards and 11 touchdowns for the Browns and caught 61 passes for 477 yards and two touchdowns. Hillis is a big back and a decent athlete for his size. He’s a tough runner between the tackles and has very good hands in the passing game. He has had some fumbling issues. Hillis has been bothered by nagging injuries in his career and there have been red flags regarding his attitude.

FB JOHN CONNER (Street Free Agent): The Giants signed Conner in September 2013 after Henry Hynoski was placed on Injured Reserve. Conner was originally drafted in the 5th round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the New York Jets. The Jets waived him in October 2012. The Cincinnati Bengals signed him in December 2012 and waived him in August 2013. In three NFL seasons, Conner has played in 37 regular-season games with 10 starts. He has rushed the ball 21 times for 88 yards and two touchdowns. Conner is well-built with good size. He is a good blocker. For a fullback, he is a decent runner but he isn’t overly adept at catching the football.

RB BRANDON JACOBS (Street Free Agent): The Giants re-signed Jacobs in September 2013 after the team released him in March 2012. Jacobs then signed with the San Francisco 49ers but only played in two games in 2012. Jacobs was drafted in the 4th round of the 2005 NFL Draft by the Giants. He played with the team from 2005-2011 and became the fourth-leading rusher in team history with 4,849 yards and 56 touchdowns. After rushing for back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons in 2007 and 2008, Jacobs’ rushing figures declined for three seasons in a row. In 2011, he rushed for only 571 yards on 152 carries (3.8 yards per carry) and seven touchdowns. He also caught 15 passes for 128 yards and one touchdown. Jacobs is an enormous running back with surprising athletic ability for his size. Tall, Jacobs runs with an upright style. Not terribly quick to the line, Jacobs usually will have problems if the blocking up front breaks down. Once he builds up a full head of steam, Jacobs is an intimidating runner who can punish defenders. He is not a terribly elusive or creative runner. He also gets tripped up around the ankles more than he should. Jacobs is very competitive and brings toughness to the offensive team. He is a physical presence in pass protection, but his hands as a receiver are suspect. Jacobs can be a bit of a loose cannon both on and off the field.

OT AUSTIN HOLTZ (Street Free Agent): The Giants signed street free agent Holtz in August 2013. Holtz was originally signed by the Detroit Lions as an undrafted rookie free agent in May 2013, but waived him in August. Holtz lacks ideal size for the position. Holtz started 32 games at Ball State and was named All-MAC in 2012.

WR TERRELL SINKFIELD (Street Free Agent): The Giants signed street free agent Sinkfield in August 2013. Sinkfield was originally signed by the Miami Dolphins as an undrafted rookie free agent in May 2013. Since then, he has also spent time with the Packers and Bills. Sinkfield has decent size and he is very fast, but he is very raw.

FB BEN GUIDUGLI (Street Free Agent): The Giants signed Guidugli in August 2013. Guidugli was originally signed by the St. Louis Rams as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2011 NFL Draft. He spent time on the Rams’ Practice Squad in 2011, but was released by the team in August 2012. Guidugli is a limited athlete with good size. He does not stand out as a blocker, but he can catch the football.

WR MARCUS HARRIS (Street Free Agent): The Giants signed Harris as a street free agent in August 2013. Harris was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Detroit Lions after the 2011 NFL Draft. He spent time on Detroit’s Practice Squad in 2011. The Lions waived him in July 2012. The Titans signed him in August 2012 but waived him a few weeks later. Harris played in the Arena League this year and had 94 catches for 1,223 yards and 19 touchdowns. Harris has a decent size-speed combination. He also has experience returning kickoffs.

WR JULIAN TALLEY (Street Free Agent): Talley was originally signed by the Giants as a rookie free agent after the 2012 NFL Draft. The Giants waived him in August, but re-signed him in August a year later. Talley has decent size and overall athletic ability. He lacks ideal speed, but is smooth, fluid, and very quick. Talley has experience returning punts and kickoffs.

FB RYAN D’IMPERIO (Street Free Agent): The Giants signed D’Imperio as a street free agent in July 2013. D’Imperio was originally drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the 7th round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He spent his rookie season on the Vikings’ Practice Squad and split time on the Practice Squad and 53-man roster in 2011. D’Imperio played in 12 games with one start and finished 2011 with two catches and eight special teams tackles. The Vikings waived D’Imperio in August 2012 and he did not play football last season. The Chiefs picked him up in March 2013, but waived him in May. D’Imperio is a conversion project. He played linebacker at Rutgers, but was moved to fullback by the Vikings.

WR VICTOR CRUZ (Re-Signed Restricted Free Agent): Cruz had another strong season in 2012, though it was not quite as spectacular as his Cinderella-like season in 2011. Cruz finished 2012 with 86 catches for 1,092 yards and 10 touchdowns. In 2011, he caught 82 passes for 1,536 yards and nine touchdowns. The big difference was his yards-per-catch average fell from 18.7 to 12.7. Some of this had to do with Cruz receiving more much more double-team attention due to Hakeem Nicks’ injury-plagued season, but Cruz also did not break off as many big plays as he did in 2011. Cruz was voted to his first Pro Bowl in 2012 after being named second-alternate in 2011. Cruz has ordinary size and timed speed. However, he has very good quickness and plays faster than he times. Cruz reads coverages well, runs good routes, and has a good understanding of how to get open against both zone and man coverage. Cruz has good hands and is capable of making the circus catch, though he sometimes will drop the easy reception. He is elusive after the catch and usually isn’t caught from behind. Cruz is a hard worker. He can play outside, but has really developed into one of the NFL’s better slot receivers.

WR KEITH CARLOS (Street Free Agent): The Giants signed Carlos in June 2013. Carlos played both wide receiver and running back at Purdue. The Eagles signed him in July 2011 but waived him a few days later. Carlos has decent size for a receiver and good speed.

LB KYLE BOSWORTH (from Jacksonville Jaguars): Bosworth was signed by the Giants as an unrestricted free agent from the Jaguars in May 2013. Eligible to be a restricted free agent, Bosworth was not tendered by Jacksonville. Bosworth was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Jaguars after the 2010 NFL Draft. He spent his rookie season on Injured Reserve with a hamstring injury. He also missed much of 2011 after being placed on Injured Reserve in November with a broken hand. In 2012, Bosworth played in all 16 games. He started five games but was later benched. He finished 2012 with 37 tackles and one interception. Bosworth is smart, hard-working, and versatile – he can play all three linebacking spots. However, despite having decent size, strength, and some speed, Bosworth is a limited athlete who struggles in space. Bosworth is a good special teams player. He is the nephew of former Seahawks linebacker Brian Bosworth.

WR RAMSES BARDEN (Re-Signed Unrestricted Free Agent): Drafted in 3rd round of the 2009 NFL Draft, Barden has been a disappointment. In four seasons, Barden has only had 29 receptions for 394 yards and no touchdowns. His best game as a pro came in Week 3 of the 2012 season, when he started against the Panthers and caught nine passes for 138 yards. But he only had five catches the rest of the season. Barden is a huge, athletic receiver with long arms and big hands. Because he is such a big receiver, Barden lacks ideal speed and quickness and may have difficulty separating from pro-level defenders. He has good hands, but sometimes will drop an easy catch.

WR JEREMY HORNE (Street Free Agent): The Giants signed Jeremy Horne in May 2013 after he impressed at the rookie mini-camp as tryout player. Horne was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Kansas City Chiefs after the 2010 NFL Draft. Horne  spent time on both the Chiefs’ 53-man roster and practice squad until he was finally released in August 2012. He has only played in 12 games with no catches. Horne has good size and athletic ability.

TE MICHAEL PALMER (Unrestricted Free Agent): The Giants signed Palmer in May 2013 after he impressed at the rookie mini-camp as tryout player. Palmer was originally signed by the Atlanta Falcons as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2010 NFL Draft. In three seasons with the Falcons, Palmer played in 43 regular season games with five starts and caught 21 passes for 123 yards and three touchdowns. Palmer is a tall, somewhat thin tight end who is a decent blocker and athlete. He is a smart player who has a feel for getting open. Palmer adjusts well to the football and has good hands. He does lack quickness and speed to threaten a defense.

DT FRANK OKAM (Street Free Agent): The Giants signed Frank Okam in May 2013 after he impressed at the rookie mini-camp as tryout player. Okam was originally drafted in the 5th round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Houston Texans. Okam has spent time with the Texans (2008-10), Seahawks (2010), and Buccaneers (2010-12). The Buccaneers released Okam in August 2012 and he did not play last season. From 2008-11, Okam played in 25 games with six starts. Okam is a huge, strong player with limited overall athleticism and agility. He is a run-stuffing nose tackle type who does not get much heat on the quarterback. Okam has very good tools, but he needs to become a more consistent effort player. Very smart.

LB AARON CURRY (Released by Oakland Raiders): The Giants signed Curry in May 2013. Curry was originally drafted in the first-round (#4 overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks. The Seahawks traded Curry to the Oakland Raiders in October 2011, during the season. The Raiders cut Curry in November 2012. An extremely highly-regarded prospect who was known as a physical play-maker in college, Curry’s NFL career has been plagued by inconsistent play and knee issues. Curry has excellent size and strength. Although he lacks ideal lateral agility, when healthy, he is a very good athlete who runs well. Curry also has good intangibles – he works hard on and off the field. But to date, Curry has been an NFL bust. Critics have pointed to the lack of big plays, inconsistency, poor coverage, and too often being out of position. Curry underwent stem-cell therapy on both of his knees during the 2012 offseason and missed most of the season.

RB ANDRE BROWN (Re-Signed Restricted Free Agent): Brown was having a breakout season as a quality #2 running back in 2012 until he broke his leg in November. Brown finished the season 385 yards and eight touchdowns on 73 carries (5.3 yards per carry). He also caught 12 passes for 86 yards. Brown was originally drafted by the Giants in the 4th round of the 2009 NFL Draft. Brown missed all of 2009 with a torn Achilles tendon that he suffered in training camp and the Giants waived Brown in September 2010. Brown then spent time with the Broncos, Colts, Panthers, and Redskins before coming back to the Giants in August 2011. Brown spent the 2011 on the Giants’ Practice Squad. Brown has a nice combination of size and athleticism. More of a north-south, cutback runner than elusive, Brown has some power to his game. Brown performs well in short-yardage and goal line situations. He has good hands as a receiver.

DE ADRIAN TRACY (Re-Signed Exclusive Rights Free Agent): Tracy was drafted by the Giants in the 6th round of the 2010 NFL Draft, but missed all of his rookie season due to a preseason elbow injury. In 2011, he was on the team’s Practice Squad. In 2012, Tracy made the 53-man roster and was active for all 16 games. He finished the season with nine tackles, one sack, and one forced fumble. The Giants have played Tracy both at linebacker and defensive end, but the team seems to want him at end now. Tracy lacks size for an end, but he is strong for his size and very athletic for the position.

OC JIM CORDLE (Re-Signed Exclusive Rights Free Agent): Cordle was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2010 NFL Draft. He spent all of his rookie season on the Practice Squad but was active for nine games in 2011 and all 16 games in 2012 as a back-up. Cordle is a versatile lineman who can play center and guard, but to-date he has not stood out as run or pass blocker at the NFL level.

DT MIKE PATTERSON (Released by Philadelphia Eagles): Patterson was signed by the Giants in April 2013. Patterson was originally drafted in the 1st round of the 2005 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles. In eight seasons with the Eagles, Patterson played in 115 regular-season games with 99 starts. Patterson underwent brain surgery in January 2012 to repair an arteriovenous malformation. He played in just five games in 2012 before being placed on the reserve/non-football illness list last year with pneumonia. The Eagles waived Patterson in February 2013. Patterson lacks ideal size, but he is a good athlete who can be disruptive with his quickness. He has experience in both 1- and 2-gap schemes. Tough, Patterson is a steady run defender and has 16.5 career sacks.

OG KEVIN BOOTHE (Re-Signed Unrestricted Free Agent): In 2012, Boothe started all 16 games at left guard for the Giants. In 2011, Boothe demonstrated his tremendous versatility by starting seven games at left guard, five at center, and one at right guard. Boothe was originally drafted in the 6th round of the 2006 NFL Draft by the Raiders and started 14 games for Oakland at right guard as a rookie. The Raiders cut him in September 2007 and the Giants immediately claimed him off of waivers. While he lacks ideal agility and movement skills, Boothe has good size and strength. He is a solid, consistent performer as a run blocker and pass protector.

S STEVIE BROWN (Re-Signed Restricted Free Agent): Brown had a tremendous season in 2012, intercepting more passes in a single season by a Giant in 44 years. Brown played in all 16 games, started 11, and finished with 76 tackles, 11 pass defenses, eight interceptions, and two forced fumbles. Brown was originally drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the 7th round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He played in 15 games as a rookie for the Raiders, starting one game. The Raiders released him in September 2011. After a brief stint with the Carolina Panthers, Brown was signed by the Indianapolis Colts. He played in eight games with the Colts in 2011. Set to become an exclusive rights free agent, Indianapolis did not tender him, thus making him an unrestricted free agent. The Giants then signed him in April 2012. Brown has superb size for a safety and is fast for his size. He lacks ideal quickness. In 2012, Brown not only became a ballhawk, but also became a dangerous returner after the interception, averaging over 38 yards per interception return. The big question with Brown was 2012 a fluke?

QB DAVID CARR (Re-Signed Unrestricted Free Agent): Carr was originally drafted as the very first pick in the 2002 NFL Draft by the Houston Texans. In 11 seasons, David Carr has played with four teams: Texans (2002-06), Panthers (2007), 49ers (2010), and Giants (2008-09, 2011-12). Given Eli Manning’s iron-man status, Carr has seen very little action with the Giants in four seasons, completing 32-of-48 passes for 359 yards, 3 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions in mop-up duty. Carr has all of the tools (size, athletic, strong arm), but he was a disappointment in Houston, Carolina, and San Francisco. Carr can appear indecisive at times and thus hold onto the ball too long. He can surprise teams with his ability to run with the ball.

TE BRANDON MYERS (Unrestricted Free Agent from Oakland Raiders): Myers was signed by the Giants as an unrestricted free agent from the Oakland Raiders in March 2013. Myers was originally drafted in the 6th round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Raiders. Myers had a breakout season for the Raiders in 2012, starting all 16 games and catching 79 passes for 806 yards and four touchdowns. Myers lacks ideal size and athleticism. He works hard at his blocking but lacks the size strength to excel in that area. Myers has developed into a productive and reliable target in the passing game, but he won’t threaten a defense deep and does not run well after the catch.

LB DAN CONNOR (Released by Dallas Cowboys): Connor was signed by the Giants in March 2013 after he was released by the Dallas Cowboys. Connor was originally drafted in the 3rd round of the NFL Draft by the Carolina Panthers. He signed with the Cowboys as a free agent in March 2012. In five NFL seasons, Connor has played in 56 regular-season games with 27 starts. In 2012, Connor started eight games for the Cowboys and finished the season with 56 tackles and one pass defense. Connor has decent size, but lacks athleticism. He is more of a blue-collar, two-down run defender who sometimes struggles in pass coverage. Connor is not overly physical at the point-of-attack, but he avoids blocks well and is a good, solid tackler. Versatile, Connor has experience playing in both the 4-3 and 3-4 defenses as well as playing middle and outside linebacker. Connor has been injury-prone.

WR LOUIS MURPHY (Unrestricted Free Agent from Carolina Panthers): Murphy was signed by the Giants as an unrestricted free agent from the Carolina Panthers in March 2013. Murphy was originally drafted in the 4th round of the NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders traded Murphy to the Panthers in July 2012. In four NFL seasons, Murphy has played in 57 games with 24 starts. In 2012, Murphy played in all 16 games with five starts with the Panthers. He finished the season with 25 catches for 336 yards and one touchdown. Murphy has good size for a receiver. He has very good speed and can get deep. Murphy lacks “natural” hands and can be inconsistent catching the ball.

S RYAN MUNDY (Unrestricted Free Agent from the Pittsburgh Steelers): Mundy was signed by the Giants as an unrestricted free agent from the Pittsburgh Steelers in March 2013. Mundy was originally drafted in the 6th round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Steelers. He spent time on the Steelers’ Practice Squad in 2008. From 2009-2012, Mundy did not miss a regular season game and started five times, including three starts last year when he finished the season with 39 tackles and two pass defenses. Mundy has good size and is very physical, but has struggled at times against the run and pass in Pittsburgh. Good special teams player.

LB KEITH RIVERS (Re-Signed Unrestricted Free Agent): The Giants acquired Rivers via trade from the Cincinnati Bengals in April 2012 for a 5th round pick in the 2013 Draft, but Rivers – once again – had trouble staying healthy. Hamstring and calf injuries caused him to miss five games and limited his playing time and effectiveness. Rivers finished the season with six starts and accrued 44 tackles. Rivers was originally drafted by the Bengals in the 1st round of the 2008 NFL Draft. In four seasons in Cincinnati, Rivers started 33-of-35 regular-season games he played in. But he missed 29 regular-season games with injuries – including nine games in 2008 with a broken jaw and all of the 2011 season with a wrist injury that required surgery. Rivers also missed time in 2009 with a calf injury and in 2010 with plantar fasciitis. Rivers is a well-built, athletic, three-down linebacker. He is more of the run-and-hit type than physical presence at the point-of-attack against the run. Rivers has the overall athletic ability and range to do well in coverage, but he needs to become more consistent in that area of his game. He only has two career sacks. Rivers just can’t seem to stay healthy.

PK JOSH BROWN (Unrestricted Free Agent from the Cincinnati Bengals): Brown was signed by the Giants as an unrestricted free agent from the Cincinnati Bengals in March 2013. Brown only played in the last four games of the season after he was signed by the Bengals in December 2012. He finished 11-of-12 on field goal attempts. Brown was originally drafted in the 7th round of the 2003 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks. From 2003-07, he kicked for the Seahawks. From 2008-11, he kicked for the St. Louis Rams. For his career, Brown is a 81.3 percent field goal kicker.

HB RYAN TORAIN (Re-Signed Unrestricted Free Agent): The Giants originally signed Torain in November 2012 as a street free agent. He played in two games but did not touch the football. Torain was originally drafted by the Denver Broncos in the 5th round of the 2008 NFL Draft. Torain was waived by the Broncos in August 2009. He signed with the Washington Redskins in 2010 and spent time on both Washington’s 53-man roster and Practice Squad. The Redskins waived Torain in December 2011. Torain’s best year was in 2010 with the Redskins when he rushed for 742 yards and four touchdowns on 164 carries and caught 18 passes for 125 yards and two touchdowns. Torain is a tough, physical runner with good size. He lacks ideal speed and elusiveness. Injury-prone.

CB AARON ROSS (Released by the Jacksonville Jaguars): Ross signed with the Giants in March 2013 after he was released by the Jacksonville Jaguars. In 2012, Ross played in 14 games with nine starts for the Jaguars. He finished the year with 46 tackles and three pass defenses. Ross was originally drafted in the 1st round of the 2007 NFL Draft by the Giants. In five seasons with the Giants, Ross started 41 regular-season games, including 15 starts in 2011, when he finished with career highs in tackles (60), pass defenses (12), and interceptions (four). Ross missed a lot of time in 2009 (hamstring) and 2010 (plantar fascia tear) with injuries. Ross combines good size and athleticism. He is fluid and smooth in coverage, but lacks ideal speed and quickness. There seems to be a few games every season where Ross struggles in coverage. He can be aggressive and physical in run support.

DT CULLEN JENKINS (Released by the Philadelphia Eagles): Jenkins was signed by the Giants in March 2013 after he was released by the Philadelphia Eagles in February. Jenkins was originally signed by Green Bay Packers as an undrafted free agent after the 2003 NFL Draft. He did not make the team but spent time in NFL Europe and then re-signed with the Packers in 2004. From 2004-10, Jenkins played with the Packers until he signed with the Eagles in 2011. Jenkins lacks ideal size and is on the downside of his career, but he still is a solid two-way defensive tackle who can play the run and rush the passer. Versatile, he has experience in the 4-3 as a defensive tackle and as an end in the 3-4. In the last four seasons, he’s averaged over five sacks a year. Jenkins is a tough guy who plays with an attitude.

DE JUSTIN TRATTOU (Re-Signed Exclusive Rights Free Agent): Trattou was placed on Injured Reserve in August 2012 after he suffered ankle and heel injuries in training camp. He flashed in training camp before he got hurt. Trattou was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2011 NFL Draft. He split his rookie season on the Practice Squad and 53-man roster. Trattou played in six regular season games in 2011, serving mainly on special teams. Trattou is a decent athlete with fine quickness, but he is not an explosive edge rusher.

OT WILL BEATTY (Re-Signed Unrestricted Free Agent): Beatty had a solid season at left tackle in 2012 after issues with his back caused him to miss a lot of practice time in the offseason and at training camp. He regained his starting job early in the season and was a steady performer for most of the year. Drafted in the 2nd round of the 2009 NFL Draft, Beatty became the new starter at left tackle in 2011, but was placed on Injured Reserve in November 2011 after having surgery to repair a detached retina in his right eye. Beatty also started four games at right tackle in 2009 and two games at left tackle in 2010. Beatty missed half of 2010 with a foot fracture. Beatty is a big, athletic linemen with quick feet and long arms. He is a better pass protector than run blocker, but has improved his consistency in both areas. Beatty has been somewhat injury-prone although he did play in every game in 2012.

PK DAVID BUEHLER (Street Free Agent): The Giants signed Buehler as a street free agent in February 2013. Buehler was originally drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the 5th round of the 2009 NFL Draft. In his three seasons with the Cowboys (2009-11), Buehler served as a kickoff specialist with over 34 percent of his kickoffs resulting in touchbacks. In 2010, he also served as the Cowboys’ field goal kicker and finished the season 24-of-32 (75 percent); he also missed two extra points. Buehler was placed on Injured Reserve in November 2011 with a torn abductor muscle and also underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in his hip in December 2011. The Cowboys waived him in March 2012 and he did not play football that year.

DT SHAUN ROGERS (Re-Signed Unrestricted Free Agent): Rogers was placed on Injured Reserve in August 2012 with a blood clot in his leg. The Giants signed Rogers as an unrestricted free agent in April 2012. Rogers was originally drafted in the 2nd round of the 2001 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions. In 11 NFL seasons, Rogers has played for the Lions (2001-07), Browns, (2008-10), and Saints (2011). He was voted to the Pro Bowl in 2004, 2005, and 2008. Rogers is a huge, powerful player. In his prime, he was a very strong run defender who could also push the pocket on the pass rush. However, he is nearing the end of his career. He started four games for the Saints in 2011 and finished with just 22 tackles and no sacks. Amazingly, Rogers has blocked 14 field goal attempts in his career.

TE BEAR PASCOE (Re-Signed Restricted Free Agent): Pascoe is a jack-of-all-trades, master-of-none type of player whose strength is his overall versatility. Pascoe plays tight end, H-Back, and even some fullback for the Giants. He does not stand out as a blocker or receiver, and needs to improve his productivity and consistency in both areas. Pascoe finished the 2012 with only four catches for 35 yards and one touchdown. In four seasons with the Giants, he has 26 catches for 252 yards and one score. Pascoe was originally drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the 6th round of the 2009 NFL Draft, but he did not make the team.

TE JAMIE CHILDERS (Street Free Agent): The Giants signed Childers to a Reserve/Future contract in January 2013. Childers was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the St. Louis Rams after the 2012 NFL Draft. The Rams waived him in August. Childers needs a lot of technique work not only because of his small school background but because he played both quarterback and tight end in college. Childers lacks size.  Childers is built more like an H-Back than true tight end. He’s athletic and has good hands. He will never be more than a finesse blocker.

CB BUDDY JACKSON (Street Free Agent): The Giants signed Jackson to a Reserve/Future contract in January 2013. Jackson was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2012 NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts waived him in August and the Washington Redskins then signed him to their Practice Squad in November 2012. Jackson has good height but has a slender build and needs to fill out more. Jackson is a very good athlete with excellent speed and leaping ability. But Jackson only started one game in college and needs a lot of technique work.

PK/P JAKE ROGERS (Street Free Agent): The Giants signed Rogers to a Reserve/Future contract in January 2013.  Rogers was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the New Orleans Saints after the 2011 NFL Draft. Since then he has also spent time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Dallas Cowboys, although he has never made a 53-man roster. Rogers is versatile, having experience as both a place kicker and punter. He has decent leg strength but was an inconsistent college place kicker.

WR KRIS ADAMS (Street Free Agent): The Giants signed Adams to a Reserve/Future deal in January 2013. Adams was originally signed by the Chicago Bears and an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2011 NFL Draft. He did not make the team but spent time on the Practice Squads of the Bears, Rams, and Vikings in 2011. The Colts signed him in June 2012. He made the 53-man roster but was moved to the Practice Squad in October. In 2012, he played in three games with the Colts and had two catches for 26 yards. Adams has a nice combination of size and athletic ability, but he needs a lot of technique work.

CB ANTONIO DENNARD (Street Free Agent): The Giants signed Dennard to a Reserve/Future deal in January 2013. Dennard was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Jacksonville Jaguars after the 2012 NFL Draft. He did not make the team but spent most of the season on the Jaguars’ Practice Squad. Dennard lacks ideal size, but he’s a physical corner with decent athletic and ball skills. He played at a lower level of competition collegiately so Dennard needs a lot of technique work.

OG BRYANT BROWNING (Street Free Agent): The Giants signed Browning to a Reserve/Future deal in January 2013. Browning was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the St. Louis Rams after the 2011 NFL Draft. He was waived by the Rams in August 2011 and claimed off of waivers by the Carolina Panthers. Browning spent much of 2011 on the Panthers’ Practice Squad. In 2012, he spent time on the practice squads of the Panthers and Browns. Browning has good size but he lacks ideal athletic ability.

OG CHRIS DeGEARE (Street Free Agent): The Giants signed DeGeare to a Reserve/Future deal in January 2013. DeGeare was originally drafted in the 5th round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings. He played in eight games as a rookie, including five starts at left guard. He was on the Vikings’ Practice Squad in 2011 and the Tennessee Titans’ Practice Squad in 2012. DeGeare has a nice combination of size and athleticism. He flashes as a blocker, but is inconsistent and has struggled with the mental aspects of the game.

S DAVID CALDWELL (Street Free Agent): The Giants signed Caldwell to a Reserve/Future deal in January 2013. Caldwell was originally signed by the Indianapolis Colts as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2010 NFL Draft.  He spent his rookie season on Injured Reserve. In 2011, he played in 16 games with 13 starts and accrued 67 tackles and four pass defenses. The Colts waived him in August 2012. Caldwell lacks ideal height but he is well-built and a good athlete. He’s a smart player and a reliable tackler. Caldwell didn’t make many plays on the football when starting for the Colts.

QB CURTIS PAINTER (Street Free Agent): The Giants signed Painter to a Reserve/Future contract in January 2013. Painter was originally drafted in the 6th round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts waived him in March 2012. The Baltimore Ravens signed him in April 2012 but waived him in August 2012. In 2011, Painter started eight games for the Colts, completing 54.3 percent of his passes for 1,541 yards, 6 touchdowns, and 9 interceptions. Painter has good size and arm strength, but has struggled at the NFL level in terms of his decision-making and accuracy.

WR BRANDON COLLINS (Street Free Agent): The Giants signed Collins to a Reserve/Future contract in January 2013. Collins was originally was signed as a rookie free agent by the Giants after the May rookie mini-camp. He spent some time on the Giants’ Practice Squad in September. Collins lacks ideal size but he has very good speed, quickness, and leaping ability. Collins has experience returning punts.

WR KEVIN HARDY (Street Free Agent): The Giants signed Hardy to a Reserve/Future contract in January 2013. Hardy was originally signed by the New Orleans Saints as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2012 NFL Draft. The Saints waived him in August 2012. Hardy has ordinary size, but he has very good speed.

OG MICHAEL JASPER (Street Free Agent): The Giants signed Jasper to a Reserve/Future contract in January 2013. Jasper was originally drafted in the 7th round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills. He spent time on the Bills’ Practice Squad that year, but the Bills waived him in August 2012. The Titans then picked him up before waiving him two weeks later. Jasper is a mammoth player with very good athleticism for his size. But he is extremely raw and does not appear to be an instinctive football player. Jasper could project to defensive tackle.

DT BOBBY SKINNER (Street Free Agent): The Giants signed Skinner to a Reserve/Future contract in January 2013. Skinner was originally signed as rookie free agent by the Giants in August 2012 but waived almost immediately. The Lions claimed him off of waivers from the Giants but waived him shortly after that. Collegiately, Skinner played at Division III Montclair State and obviously needs a lot of technique work.

LB JAKE MUASAU (Street Free Agent): The Giants signed Muasau to a Reserve/Future contract in January 2013. Jake Muasau was originally signed by the Giants as a rookie free agent after the May rookie mini-camp. Muasau was voted his collegiate team’s most valuable defensive player by his teammates in 2010 and 2011 when he played the “bandit” DE/LB hybrid position. Muasau has good size and plays with good intensity.

CB TRUMAINE McBRIDE (Street Free Agent): The Giants signed McBride to a Reserve/Future contract in January 2013. McBride was originally drafted in the 7th round of the 2007 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears. The Bears waived him in September 2009. Since then, he has spent time with the Cardinals, Saints, and Jaguars. Nine of McBride’s 10 NFL starts came as a rookie. He has played in 48 NFL games but only one last season with the Jaguars. McBride lacks ideal size.

2012 New York Giants Free Agent Signings


HB RYAN TORAIN (Street Free Agent): The Giants signed Torain in November 2012 as a street free agent. Torain was originally drafted by the Denver Broncos in the 5th round of the 2008 NFL Draft. Torain was waived by the Broncos in August 2009. He signed with the Washington Redskins in 2010 and spent time on both Washington’s 53-man roster and Practice Squad. The Redskins waived Torain in December 2011. Torain’s best year was in 2010 with the Redskins when he rushed for 742 yards and four touchdowns on 164 carries and caught 18 passes for 125 yards and two touchdowns. Torain is a tough, physical runner with good size. He lacks ideal speed and elusiveness. Injury-prone.

HB KREGG LUMPKIN (Street Free Agent): The Giants signed Lumpkin as a street free agent in November 2012. Lumpkin was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Green Bay Packers after the 2008 NFL Draft. Lumpkin has spent time with the Packers (2008-09), Buccaneers (2010-11), and Seahawks (2012). The Seahawks released Lumpkin in September 2012. By far, Lumpkin’s most productive season was 2011 in Tampa when he carried the ball 31 times for 105 yards and caught 41 passes for 291 yards. A bit of a halfback-fullback ‘twiner, Lumpkin lacks speed and elusiveness, but he’s a big runner with some power. He is a good blocker and can catch the football.

DT MARCUS THOMAS (Unrestricted Free Agent from Broncos): The Giants signed Thomas as an unrestricted free agent from the Denver Broncos in August 2012. Thomas was drafted in the 4th round of the 2007 Draft by the Broncos. In five seasons with Denver, Thomas played in 76 games (with 34 starts). In 2011, he started 11 games and finished the season with 43 tackles and no sacks. He missed the first four games with shoulder and groin injuries. Thomas has good size. He is a better run defender than pass rusher (1 career sack).

DT CARLTON POWELL (Street Free Agent): Powell was signed as a street free agent in August 2012 when injuries hit the defensive tackle position hard in training camp. Powell was drafted in the 5th round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos but was waived after he ruptured an Achilles tendon. Since that time, Powell has spent time with the Browns, Broncos (again), Buccaneers, Jets, and Falcons. He has only played in three NFL games and has only one career tackle.

DT ROCKY BERNARD (Re-Signed Unrestricted Free Agent): Bernard has served as the Giants’ primary reserve tackle for three seasons. After a rough beginning with the team in 2009 when he played with a partially-torn rotator cuff, Bernard has had two solid seasons in a row. He finished the 2011 regular season with 30 tackles, no sacks, and one forced fumble. A disruptive player with the Seahawks (2002-2008), Bernard now is a steady, veteran presence who occasionally makes plays against the run and rushing the passer. Bernard has ordinary size for the position and he does not appear as quick and as athletic as he did earlier in his career.

CB DANTE HUGHES (Street Free Agent): Hughes was signed by the Giants in May 2012. Hughes was originally drafted in the 3rd round of the 2007 NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts waived him in September 2009 and was then signed by the San Diego Chargers. The Chargers waived him March 2012. In five NFL seasons, Hughes has played in 53 regular season games, starting two. 2011 was his most productive season with 42 tackles and three pass defenses. Hughes is a physical corner who is quick, but not overly fast.

S WILL HILL (Street Free Agent): Hill was signed as a street free agent after the May rookie mini-camp. A top-ranked athlete coming out of high school in New Jersey, Hill has skills, but he has wasted them to date. Hill entered the 2011 NFL as a junior but went undrafted and was not signed by an NFL team. He did play in the Arena League in 2011. Hill combines decent size and very good athletic ability. He flashes against the pass but lacks technique and consistency. Hill is not a very physical or consistent run defender. He is a very good special teams player. Hill has a history of making bad decisions off of the football field. There are many red flags regarding his maturity and character.

DT SHAUN ROGERS (Unrestricted Free Agent from Saints): The Giants signed Rogers in April 2012. Rogers was originally drafted in the 2nd round of the 2001 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions. In 11 NFL seasons, Rogers has played for the Lions (2001-07), Browns, (2008-10), and Saints (2011). He was voted to the Pro Bowl in 2004, 2005, and 2008. Rogers is a huge, powerful player. In his prime, he was a very strong run defender who could also push the pocket on the pass rush. However, he is nearing the end of his career. He started four games for the Saints in 2011 and finished with just 22 tackles and no sacks. Amazingly, Rogers has blocked 14 field goal attempts in his career.

TE BEAR PASCOE (Re-Signed Exclusive Rights Free Agent): The strength of Pascoe’s game is his versatility. The Giants use him a tight end, H-Back, and fullback. Pascoe has good size, but he is not overly athletic. He does not really stand out as a blocker or receiver, and needs to improve his productivity and consistency in both areas. Pascoe finished the 2011 regular season with 12 catches for 136 yards. In three seasons with the Giants, he has 22 catches for 217 yards. Pascoe was originally drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the 6th round of the 2009 NFL Draft, but he did not make the team.

LB CHASE BLACKBURN (Re-Signed Unrestricted Free Agent): The Giants re-signed Blackburn in late November 2011 after choosing not to re-sign him before the season started when he was an unrestricted free agent. Blackburn immediately became the starter at middle linebacker and the overall play of the defense improved down the stretch and throughout the playoffs. In the last nine games of the season, including playoffs, Blackburn accrued 52 tackles, three pass defenses, and two interceptions. Blackburn was originally signed by the Giants as an undrafted free agent after the 2005 NFL Draft. After starting 15 games in 2008-09, Blackburn was strictly a special teams player in 2010, serving as the unit’s captain. Blackburn can play all three linebacker spots. He has good size. A bit on the stiff side, Blackburn is not overly fast or quick. But this hard-working overachiever really stepped up his play in 2011 both against the run and the pass. Blackburn was elected first-alternate to the NFC’s Pro Bowl roster as a special teams player in 2008.

CB ANTWAUN MOLDEN (Unrestricted Free Agent from Patriots): The Giants signed Molden as an unrestricted free agent from the New England Patriots in April 2012. Molden was originally drafted in the 3rd round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Houston Texans. The Texans waived Molden in August 2011 and he was then claimed off of waivers by the Patriots. In four NFL seasons, he has only started two games, both in 2011 with the Patriots. He finished 2011 with 36 tackles, three pass defenses, and two interceptions. Molden has a nice combination of size and athleticism, but he has not played up to his physical ability thus far in the NFL. Molden does not appear to be overly instinctive in coverage. He also has had problems staying healthy.

OT/OG SEAN LOCKLEAR (Unrestricted Free Agent from Redskins): The Giants signed Locklear as an unrestricted free agent from the Washington Redskins in April 2012. Locklear was originally drafted in the 3rd round of the 2004 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks. The Redskins signed him as a free agent in 2011. In eight NFL seasons, Locklear has played in 105 regular-season games with 82 starts. He has experience at both tackle spots and guard, but most of his playing time has come at right tackle. Locklear is a versatile, experienced, veteran lineman on the downside of his career.

S STEVIE BROWN (Unrestricted Free Agent from Colts): The Giants signed Brown in April 2012. Brown was originally drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the 7th round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He played in 15 games as a rookie for the Raiders, starting one game. The Raiders released him in September 2011. After a brief stint with the Carolina Panthers, Brown was signed by the Indianapolis Colts. He played in eight games with the Colts in 2011. Set to become an exclusive rights free agent, Indianapolis did not tender him, thus making him an unrestricted free agent. Brown is a strong safety-type who performs better against the run than in coverage. He played both safety and linebacker at Michigan. Brown is a good special teams player.

P STEVE WEATHERFORD (Re-Signed Unrestricted Free Agent): The Giants signed Weatherford in July 2011 as an unrestricted free agent from the New York Jets. Before coming to the Giants, he played for the Saints (2006-08), Chiefs (2008), Jaguars (2008), and Jets (2009-2010). Weatherford brought much needed stability to the Giants’ punting game. Weatherford is a good directional kicker and is adept at placing punts inside the 20-yard line. In 2011, he averaged a career-best 45.7 yards per punt (39.2 net) and had 25 punts downed inside the 20-yard line.

S CHRIS HORTON (Street Free Agent): Horton was signed as a street free agent by the Giants in March 2012. Horton was originally drafted in the 7th round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins. Horton started 10 games as a rookie for the Redskins, finishing with 76 tackles and three interceptions. He started another five in 2009 but was placed on Injured Reserve with a torn toe ligament. He played in seven games (with no starts) in 2010 before being placed on Injured Reserve again, this time with an ankle injury. The Redskins waived him in September 2011 and he was not picked up by another team. Horton is a strong safety-type with excellent size. However, he lacks ideal athleticism (agility and range) for the position. Horton is better again the run than in coverage. Good special teams player.

QB DAVID CARR (Re-Signed Unrestricted Free Agent): Carr was originally drafted as the very first pick in the 2002 NFL Draft by the Houston Texans. In 10 seasons, David Carr has played with four teams: Texans (2002-06), Panthers (2007), 49ers (2010), and Giants (2008-09, 2011). Carr did not take a snap for the Giants in 2011, but he did perform well in limited mop-up duty for the Giants in 2008 and 2009. In his career, Carr has started 79 games with 65 touchdowns and 71 interceptions, completing almost 60 percent of his passes. Carr has all of the tools (size, athletic, strong arm), but he was a disappointment in Houston, Carolina, and San Francisco. Carr can appear indecisive at times and hold onto the ball too long. He can surprise teams with his ability to run with the ball.

TE MARTELLUS BENNETT (Unrestricted Free Agent from Cowboys): Bennett signed with the Giants as an unrestricted free agent in March 2012. Bennett was originally drafted in the 2nd round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys. In four seasons with the Cowboys, Bennett played in 60 regular-season games with 31 starts, 85 catches, 846 yards, and four touchdowns. Bennett has an excellent combination of size and athletic ability. He is a good blocker. However, despite his overall athleticism, he has not emerged yet as a consistent receiving threat. Bennett was considered somewhat of a disappointment in Dallas although he was stuck behind All-Pro Jason Witten. Bennett can be inconsistent catching the football. There are questions about his maturity. He is still a young player with an upside if he can improve his focus and dedication to the game.

CB JUSTIN TRYON (Re-Signed Unrestricted Free Agent): The Giants signed Tryon in October 2011. He was placed on Injured Reserve at the end of that month after having surgery on his fractured right arm. Tryon was originally drafted in the 4th round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins. Tryon was traded to the Indianapolis Colts in September 2010. The Colts surprisingly waived him in late September 2011. Tryon has played in 47 regular-season games (three with the Giants) with eight starts. In those games, he accrued 85 tackles, one sack, 11 pass defenses, and one interception. He also started in the 2010 AFC Wild Card game against the Jets and intercepted a pass in that game. Tryon lacks size, but he is an athletic corner with good quickness. He reacts well to the football and closes quickly. Tryon has experience returning kickoffs.

CB MICHAEL COE (Re-Signed Unrestricted Free Agent): Coe was placed on Injured Reserve in late November with a shoulder injury that required surgery. Coe was originally drafted in the 5th round of the 2007 NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts. Since then, he has spent time with the Colts, Jaguars, and Giants. Coe was on the Giants’ Practice Squad in both 2009 and 2010, and also spent time on the Giants’ 53-man roster in 2010. Coe has a nice combination of size and athleticism. He flashed at times in coverage in the 2011 preseason and regular season with the Giants. He is a good special teams player.

TE LARRY DONNELL (Street Free Agent): The Giants signed Donnell as a street free agent in March 2012. Donnell went undrafted and unsigned after the 2011 NFL Draft. Donnell has excellent size and is a good athlete. However, he is very raw and needs a lot of coaching.

OT JOEL REINDERS (Street Free Agent): The Giants signed Reinders as a street free agent in March 2012. Reinders was originally signed by the Cleveland Browns as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2010 NFL Draft. The Browns waived him in September 2010. Reinders did not play football in 2011. Reinders is a huge, athletic lineman. However, he is extremely raw as he played in only eight games at a Canadian college.

CB TERRELL THOMAS (Re-Signed Unrestricted Free Agent): Thomas was placed on Injured Reserve in August 2011 after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his knee. Thomas tore the same ACL in college and it remains to be seen if he can fully recover his athletic skills. Before suffering the injury in the preseason, Thomas looked primed for perhaps his best season. Thomas was originally drafted in the 2nd round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Giants. Thomas became a full-time starter in 2009 due to Aaron Ross’ hamstring woes and he remained the starter in 2010. In 2009 and 2010, Thomas was a very solid corner who made a lot of big plays but also occasionally gave up a few. In the 31 games he started during that time frame, Thomas accrued 186 tackles, 34 pass defenses, and 10 interceptions. Thomas is a big, physical corner who matches up well with bigger receivers. Pre-injury, while not a blazer, he was a good athlete with fine speed and quickness for his size. Thomas is very good in run support and a good blitzer.

TE JAKE BALLARD (Re-Signed Exclusive Rights Free Agent): An undrafted player who spent most of his rookie season on the Practice Squad, Ballard came out of nowhere in his second season to become the team’s primary tight end. In his first season with any significant playing time, Ballard caught 38 passes for 604 yards and four touchdowns despite missing two games and being hampered down the stretch with a partially-torn posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. Ballard suffered a devastating blow when he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in the Super Bowl. The injury will likely sideline him for most if not all of the 2012 NFL season. Ballard has excellent size for a tight end. When healthy, despite not being terrible fast or quick, Ballard showed a real knack for getting open and making clutch plays in the passing game, including down the field. Ballard improved steadily as a blocker but could use greater consistency in that department.

CB BRUCE JOHNSON (Re-Signed Restricted Free Agent): Johnson was placed on Injured Reserve in August 2011 after tearing his Achilles’ tendon in training camp. Johnson was also placed on Injured Reserve in early November 2010 after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery. Johnson struggled in coverage during the 2010 preseason and did not play much on defense in the 2010 regular season before going on Injured Reserve. Johnson was originally signed by the Giants as a rookie free agent after the 2009 NFL Draft. He was a pleasant surprise as a rookie, playing in all 16 games with five starts, and finishing with 46 tackles, one sack, eight pass defenses, two interceptions, and two forced fumbles. Johnson lacks ideal size, but he is a fluid athlete with fine quickness.

WR DOMENIK HIXON (Re-Signed Unrestricted Free Agent): Hixon was placed on Injured Reserve in September 2011 after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his right knee. Hixon tore the same ACL in June 2010 during a mini-camp. The knee injuries and his free agent status in 2012 put his future with the team in doubt. Hixon’s most productive season with the team as a receiver was in 2008 when he started seven games and caught 43 passes for 596 yards and two touchdowns. With the arrival of new receivers, he became less of a factor in 2009, catching 15 passes for 187 yards and one touchdown. Hixon was originally drafted by the Broncos in the 4th round of the 2006 NFL Draft. The Broncos cut him in October 2007 and the Giants immediately claimed him off of waivers. Hixon has good size. Before the knee injuries, he was a fast and smooth athlete with good hands. When healthy, Hixon is a dangerous punt and kickoff returner. He has five 40+ yard kickoff returns, including one touchdown, and three 40+ yard punt returns, including one touchdown.

TE RYAN PURVIS (Street Free Agent): The Giants signed Purvis as a street free agent in February 2012. Purvis was originally signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2009 NFL Draft. He spent his rookie season on Tampa Bay’s Practice Squad and was on the active roster for 10 games in 2010. He finished that season with five catches for 28 yards. The Buccaneers waived him before the 2011 season. Purvis is a versatile player who can play tight end, H-Back, and fullback. He has decent size, but he is not overly athletic. Purvis lacks the speed and quickness to stand out as a receiver. That said, he does have a good feel for getting open against zone coverage. He has good hands and runs tough after the catch. Purvis is more of a finesse, positional blocker than aggressive mauler. He is smart and hard working.

OC/OG CHRIS WHITE (Street Free Agent): White spent time with the Giants in training camp in 2011 and was re-signed in February 2012. White originally signed with the Green Bay Packers as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2005. Since that time, he has played with the Packers (2005-06), Texans (2006-09), and Seahawks (2010). In six NFL seasons, he has played in 33 games with eight starts. White lacks ideal size, but he is versatile with experience both at center and guard.

DE CRAIG MARSHALL (Street Free Agent): Marshall was signed by the Giants as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2011 NFL Draft. He was waived in the last round of cuts before the season and re-signed in February 2012. Marshall combines nice size and athleticism. He flashes as a pass rusher.