Feb 152024
Mike Adams, New York Giants (July 2022)

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The Giants have shifted Mike Adams from assistant special teams coach to assistant secondary coach. After serving as a coaching intern with the Giants in the summer of 2022, Adams formally joined joined the Giants coaching staff last offseason. In 2021, he served as assistant defensive backs coach for the Chicago Bears. Adams will work with Defensive Passing Game Coordinator/Defensive Backs Coach Jerome Henderson and Safeties Coach Mike Treier. Adams received interest from the Washington Commanders for their defensive backs coach vacancy this offseason.

The Giants have also given Drew Wilson a new title. He is now the assistant director of strength and conditioning. From 2021-2023, Wilson was the assistant strength and conditioning coach. He will work with Executive Director of Player Performance Aaron Wellman, Director of Strength and Conditioning Frank Piraino, Director of Performance/Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach Sam Coad, Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach Mark Loecher, and Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach Steven Tatekawa.

According to media reports, the Las Vegas Raiders and their head coach Antonio Pierce were interested in hiring Jessie Armstead away from the Giants, but Armstead has chosen to remain with the team. Armstead was hired by the Giants in 2008 as a special assistant and consultant. His job titled eventually changed to special assistant to the general manager. Apparently, Armstead would have held a similar role with the Raiders. Both Pierce (2005-2009) and Armstead (1993-2001) played linebacker for the Giants.

Jul 242023
Brandin Bryant, Buffalo Bills (August 21, 2021)

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The New York Giants have hired Mike Adams as an assistant special teams coach, filling a vacancy created when Anthony Blevins left the team to become the new head coach of the XFL’s Vegas Vipers earlier this month. Adams will work under Special Teams Coach Thomas McGaughey and alongside recently-hired Assistant Special Teams Coach Stephen Thomas.

The 42-year old Adams played 16 years in the NFL as a safety for the San Francisco 49ers (2004-2006), Cleveland Browns (2007-2011), Denver Broncos (2012-2013), Indianapolis Colts (2014-2016), Carolina Panthers (2017-2018), and Houston Texans (2019). He was voted to the Pro Bowl twice. In 2021, Adams served as an assistant defensive backs coach for the Chicago Bears.

The Giants have signed defensive lineman Brandin Bryant, who was released by the Buffalo Bills early last month. The team also waived wide receiver Makai Polk and waived tight end Dre Miller from Injured Reserve.

The 29-year old, 6’2”, 305-pound Bryant was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Seattle Seahawks after the 2016 NFL Draft. He has spent time with the Seahawks (2016), New York Jets (2016-2917), Winnipeg Blue Bombers (2018), Montreal Alouettes (2019), Cleveland Browns (2019-2020), Miami Dolphins (2020), Buffalo Bills (2020–2022, 2023), and Houston Texans (2022). Bryant has played in 11 regular-season games with no starts, accruing nine tackles.

The Giants signed Polk to the Practice Squad in late September 2022. He did not play for the team in 2022. The 6’3”, 197-pound Polk was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Baltimore Ravens after the 2022 NFL Draft. The Ravens waived him in late August and he spent a brief amount of time on their Practice Squad before being cut in late September.

Miller was waived after he failed a physical in mid-June and then placed on Injured Reserve with an undisclosed injury. The Giants originally signed Miller as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2022 NFL Draft. He was placed on Injured Reserve in August 2022 with a broken forearm that he suffered in training camp and later waived with an injury settlement. The Giants then signed Dre Miller to the Practice Squad in late October 2022.