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Giants Claim Mark Asper Off Waivers: The New York Giants claimed Mark Asper off of waivers from the Buffalo Bills on Monday. To make room for Asper, the Giants waived offensive tackle DeMarcus Love.
Asper was originally drafted by the Bills in the 6th round of the 2012 NFL Draft. The Bills waived him in August 2012, and he then spent time with the Minnesota Vikings and Jacksonville Jaguars before returning to the Bills in September 2013. In two seasons, Asper has played in seven games with no starts. Asper has very good size and is versatile with experience at tackle, guard, and even some center. However, his height (6’7”) makes it difficult for him to play with leverage at guard and center, and he lacks ideal arm length and overall foot quickness for tackle.
The Giants signed 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 before the Giants signed him.
Terrell Thomas Signs with Seahawks: The Seattle Seahawks have signed unrestricted free agent cornerback Terrell Thomas to a 1-year contract. Thomas was drafted by the Giants in the 2nd round of the 2008 NFL Draft. After missing 2011 and 2012 with back-to-back ACL tears in his right knee, Thomas finished 2013 with 67 tackles, 1 sack, 7 pass defenses, 1 interception, and 1 forced fumble, primarily serving as the team’s slot corner. He played in all 16 games with seven starts.
The Giants had no interest in re-signing Thomas after signing cornerbacks Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Walter Thurmond, and Zack Bowman and re-signing Trumaine McBride in free agency. The Giants also drafted Bennett Jackson in the 6th round of the 2014 NFL Draft.