Aug 292022
Davis Webb, New York Giants (August 28, 2022)

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In their first efforts to reduce the roster to the mandatory 53-man limit by Tuesday, the New York Giants waived the following seven players on Monday:

  • WR Keelan Doss
  • WR Travis Toivonen
  • OG Josh Rivas
  • OL Eric Smith
  • CB Olaijah Griffin
  • S Yusuf Corker
  • PK Ryan Santoso

The Giants still need to make at least 20 roster moves by 4PM tomorrow.

The Giants signed Rivas and Corker as undrafted rookie free agents after the 2022 NFL Draft. Doss was signed as a journeyman street free agent in June after he impressed in mini-camp as a tryout player. Toivonen was re-signed by the Giants last week after they cut him in July. The Giants signed Smith in early August after he was cut by the Arizona Cardinals. Griffin was claimed off of waivers from the Buffalo Bills in August. Santoso was signed last week after Graham Gano suffered a concussion.

New York Giants Head Coach Brian Daboll addressed the media on Monday to discuss his team’s 31-27 loss to the New York Jets and the overall state of his team (VIDEO):

Q: We just saw the seven names of guys you released. You guys releasing anybody else today? Will you wait until tomorrow? How will you structure practice tomorrow?

A: I think that’ll be it for today. And we’ll do the rest tomorrow. I think we have until 3:59. So, these were the immediate guys that we talked to this morning, and then we’ll have some more discussions as we go throughout the night and into tomorrow.

Q: So, do you foresee practicing with whatever it is, 73 guys tomorrow, and then making the cuts after practice?

A: We probably will do it before. We probably will do it before.

Q: With (Kicker Ryan) Santoso getting waived, I presume (Kicker Graham Gano) Graham’s good to go for Week 1? Is it not official yet, or just trending in that direction?

A: It’s trending in that direction. Yeah. Santoso – he did a good job yesterday.

Q: Any further update on (Quarterback) Tyrod (Taylor)? How did he come out of it after sleeping on that?

A: Sore, but again, I think it’s really what I said yesterday: He’ll be okay. I think it’ll take a few days here. He landed pretty hard. He’s just sore.

Q: What do you want to accomplish this week? It’s kind of an in-between week. You’re going to be on the field for a couple of days with the team. I’m sure there’s still going to be roster movement. But you’re not really focused on the Titans yet, it sounds like.

A: We’re going to continue to focus on our fundamentals and do things we need to do to improve as a football team and make corrections off of the tape and compete against one another for this next week.

Q: You’ll be in pads and like training camp practices? Or how –

A: One of the days we may be. I’m going to revisit that with our sports science guys later this afternoon. So, that was the plan. But we’ll see how we ended up and where we’re at with the guys before we make the final decision.

Q: And is it going to be scripted toward cleaning up the things that you saw that you think you need to work on?

A: It’ll be a combination of both. That’s what we usually do is we do a couple of walk throughs to fix the things we need to fix from whether it’s the game or the previous night’s practice. And again, the big thing is going to be about fundamentals. So, tackling, fundamental drills on tackling, throwing, catching, blocking inside-out. All the things that you need to be good at particularly in the early part of the seasons.

Q: Obviously every training camp there’s injuries and what not. I’m just kind of wondering how debilitating this rash of injuries you guys have had this summer has made it for you to try to evaluate, and obviously a lot of these guys have not been able to play in some of these games. And I’m just kind of trying to get an idea of where you feel you’re at a week, a week and a half, two weeks away from game one.

A: Anytime the player has been out there, we’ve evaluated him. You certainly like them to be out there every practice and have all your guys available. There hasn’t been a training camp in the 20-plus years I’ve been in the league where that’s the case. I think guys are getting more healthy. And the coaches have done a good job of – whether it’s drill time or the preseason games – of really hunkering down and communicating with myself and (General Manager) Joe (Schoen) with the evaluation process.

Q: As you guys trim the roster, obviously everybody else is doing the same thing. And you’ll be looking at the waiver wire. Do you have to balance the number of guys that you bring in off the waiver wire versus actually being able to be ready to play in a week or two?

A: I think when you bring these guys in, the sooner you bring them in, the better. Throughout my years of coaching, there’s been times when I got players as a position coach on a Wednesday and had to get them ready to play on a Sunday. So, I think our coaches are well versed on that. The biggest thing is to try to improve and upgrade at as may spots as you can, whether that’s one guy, five guys, however many that is. It certainly puts a lot on a position coach and a coordinator, but that’s our job.

Q: This all comes in phases, right? For a first-time head coach, the OTAs, the preseason, the evaluation period – how anxious are you and would you say (Defensive Coordinator) Wink (Martindale) is and (Offensive Coordinator) Mike Kafka is to start doing what you guys are used to doing in these games, which is game planning to beat another team and doing what you think you do very well. How anxious is that next step for you?

A: Well, it’s important. But I’d like to try to get our roster as set as we can. I know our coaches are upstairs working on a lot of different things right now from players that could potentially be released to people on the street to some Tennessee stuff. I mean, there’s a lot of things to do in this particular week of the season, getting ready for your opener plus managing and putting together your roster. I’d say it’s always good to get into the regular season and start a normal week, but you’ve got to take care of the things first that get you there.

Q: I know there’s no such thing as a final 53, but when you have that 53 that you’re pretty sure you’re going to go into the first game with, is that going to be kind of a – I don’t know if relief is the right word – but eventually you’re going to need to work with the guys you’re going to work with. So, are you really anxious for that period also?

A: Yeah. I think it’s an exciting time. Anytime you’re starting out a season and you’re putting together a team, it’s certainly exciting. There’s a lot of work that needs to be done. We know it’s never final. You’re always trying to manage your roster and upgrade the best you can, but I think all of us are ready to get going here for the regular season.

Q: Where do you consider yourself with the wide receiver position? We saw (Wide Receiver) Kenny (Golladay) play last night. Guys like (Wide Receiver Sterling Shepard) ‘Shep’ didn’t play in the preseason. We haven’t seen (Wide Receiver) Kadarius (Toney) on the field that much. (Wide Receiver Darius) Slayton’s had kind of a tough summer. How do you view that position as a whole?

A: I think it’s a competitive spot. I know we’d like all of them to be out there but circumstances, they couldn’t. I think those guys have picked up our system well. I think there’s different skillsets in that unit. I think they’re smart and I’m excited to work with them.

Q: How confident are you that Kadarius is going to be ready for the season at this point?

A: I’m hopeful. I’m hopeful. We’ll just take it one day at a time. He’s been getting better, I think he’s getting close, so I’m hopeful.

Q: How do you balance the numbers with your roster? You have certain opponents that you have to gameplan for and you want to have certain numbers probably if you are facing a run-heavy team versus a pass-happy team or do you just strictly go on performance?

A: I think where we’re at, we are trying to find the best football players we can to keep on our roster. Could we be heavy at one spot and light in another? Sure. I think our goal right now is to just find players that fit the mold that we are looking to bring in here and if that’s a certain amount at one position and a little less at one position, I think that’s okay. Are there ideal numbers? I’m not sure there’s exact numbers but I would say the best thing we can do is to try to get as many good football players that have the qualities we’re looking for in terms of intelligence, dependability and toughness.

Q: When you go through the cuts, at some point you are going to say, ‘Well, what can he do for us on special teams?’ How do you view players who are primarily on special teams? Not the specialists but guys like (Inside Linebacker) Cam (Brown) and (Inside Linebacker) Carter (Coughlin)? They seem like they have more of a special teams role than they might on defense. How much do you weigh that into these decisions?

A: I would say heavily. Guys that can contribute on four phases and that help in that area of the game are very important for our team, they’re important for every team. I’d say we place a high premium on those type of guys that really contribute in the kicking game for us.

Q: Do you think it’s important to have players who are dedicated to that role? Guys that can step in in an emergency. Is there a budget on the roster for that kind of a spot? Just a special teams guy.

A: I think when you’re team building – obviously the more people that can do different things, the better off it is because maybe you have one guy that is a backup safety that’s a four-core teams guy. Those are great guys to have. In other cases, maybe these guys are just so good in the kicking game that you can give a little bit on defense or offense because of their ability to play on fourth down for you.

Q: With regard to (Quarterback) Daniel (Jones), what are the things that you’ve learned most about him this summer as you’ve gotten to know him and what is your comfort level even though you haven’t had all those parts together with him, as you obviously would prefer to, as you get closer to the first real game?

A: I think he’s very consistent in his approach and how he does things. He doesn’t get too high or too low, which it’s easy to in training camp. He’s got a really good mindset in terms of staying even-keeled. He’s very competitive. He’s a good leader. He’s a tireless worker, he’s always in here – he’s in here early, he stays late, you see him after practice working with his teammates. I think he has a lot of good qualities that we look forward to working with and helping him develop.

Q: As a follow to that, obviously this is an evolving process, and you haven’t had everybody out there that you want in practices because of injuries, but what is your comfort level as you get close to that first game knowing what he does best and the way you want to do things with your offense?

A: I think that’s what we’ve developed here since we started back in April. We’re still working on that. It will be a work in progress here. Each day and each week, you feel a little bit better about the identity of what you’re trying to build, the plays that he feels comfortable with, the plays that you want to take out because maybe he doesn’t feel as comfortable with them. You look at your skill guys and what works for them. Each day, that’s what we’ve been trying to build on.

Q: How active do you expect the team to be in the trade market, waiver and free agency? Adding players that aren’t on the roster now.

A: I think that’s a really good question for (General Manager) Joe (Schoen), I’ll try to answer it the best I can. I think that we’re open to really improving our team in any way we can. Whether that’s active in those areas that you asked about, we’re looking to improve however we can. I think Joe and his staff, we’ve been meeting all morning on different things. They’ve been doing a really good job of their communication, talking to the coaches and looking at different players to evaluate. I think Joe is open for business.

The team practice’s on Tuesday afternoon (1:45-3:45PM). Head Coach Brian Daboll and select players will also address the media. The Giants also must reduce their roster to 53 players by 4:00PM on Tuesday.

Aug 262022
Andrew Adams, New York Giants (August 11, 2022)

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The Giants have already ruled out the following injured players in the preseason finale against the New York Jets: WR Sterling Shepard (Achilles’), WR C.J. Board (ribs), LG Shane Lemieux (foot), OG/OT Joshua Ezeudu (unknown), OC/OG Ben Bredeson (elbow), OL Garrett McGhin (unknown), OLB Kayvon Thibodeaux (knee), OLB Azeez Ojulari (calf), OLB Elerson Smith (ankle/foot), CB Rodarius Williams (unknown), S Dane Belton (broken left collarbone), and PK Graham Gano (concussion).

WR Kadarius Toney (hamstring?), WR Darius Slayton (unknown), and OLB Jihad Ward (unknown) are questionable for the game.

(Ojulari will) be day-to-day,” said Head Coach Brian Daboll before practice. “We’ll just keep on grinding him through… I don’t know yet (if he will be available for the regular-season opener). Don’t know. I’d just say, again, day-to-day. That’s where he’s at. When he’s out there is when he’ll be out there.”

(Lemieux is) coming along,” said Daboll. “But I wouldn’t anticipate him anytime soon… Probably not (be ready for the opening game).”

The Giants have terminated the contract of safety Andrew Adams, who had been playing with the starters in three-safety packages. They also waived/failed physical wide receiver Bailey Gaither after claiming him off of waivers from the Baltimore Ravens.

To fill these two roster vacancies, the Giants have signed wide receiver Travis Toivonen and place kicker Ryan Santoso, both of whom have previously spent time with the team. Santoso was signed as place kicker Graham Gano is still recovering from a concussion he suffered during the last preseason game.

The 6’4”, 212-pound Toivonen went undrafted in 2020. The Seattle Seahawks signed him in June 2021 and waived him in late August. The Giants signed Travis Toivonen to the Practice Squad in October 2021, cut him in November, and re-signed him to the Practice Squad in December 2021. He was re-signed in January 2022, but released in late July.

Santoso was originally signed by the Detroit Lions as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2018 NFL Draft. He has spent time with the Lions (2018-2019), Montreal Alouettes (2019, 2020), Tennessee Titans (2019, 2021), Giants (2020), Carolina Panthers (2021), Detroit Lions (2021), Los Angeles Rams (2021), and Jacksonville Jaguars (2022). The Jaguars released Santoso on Tuesday. He has played in seven regular-season NFL games.

The Giants signed Adams as an unrestricted free agent from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in late July 2022. The 5’11’, 202-pound Adams was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Giants after the 2016 NFL Draft. He has spent time with the Giants (2016-2018), three stints with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2018, 2019-2020, and 2021), Detroit Lions (2019), and Philadelphia Eagles (2021). In all, Adams has played in 87 regular-season games with 35 starts. Seventeen of those starts came with the Giants in 2016 and 2017 and eighteen with the Buccaneers, mostly in 2019. Most of Adams’ playing time the past two seasons has come on special teams.

The transcript of Brian Daboll’s press conference on Friday is available in The Corner Forum while the video is available on YouTube.

Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following players are available in The Corner Forum and on YouTube:

There is no media availability to the Giants on Saturday. The team plays the Jets at MetLife Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Aug 262021
Saquon Barkley, New York Giants (August 19, 2021)

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Thursday was the second of two days of joint training camp practices between the New York Giants and New England Patriots in Foxborough, Massachusetts. The Giants play the Patriots on Sunday in the team’s third and final preseason game.

Today is going to be very situational, we’re almost going to jump right into team from the beginning,” said Head Coach Joe Judge before practice. “We’ll have some brief individual periods, we’ll have a quick seven-on-seven, get the guys juiced up and rolling, then what the rest of today is going to look like is we’re going to create a situation and just play it out – all fourth quarter situations. We’ll start with the ball in four-minute offense mode. We’re going to manufacture some things to make sure we get in the situational part of the game, so you may see a manufactured penalty or a manufactured first down or whatever it may be, or an ignored sack for both sides at some point to make sure we manage to get the emphasis of the drill, to build in more of the two-minute mode, the end of game situations, the substitutions and everything that comes with it.”

The New York Giants have traded back-up kicker/punter Ryan Santoso to the Carolina Panthers for a conditional 7th-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft. If Santoso plays for at least two regular-season games for the Panthers, the Giants will receive the pick.

Santoso was originally signed by the Detroit Lions as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2018 NFL Draft. He has spent time with the Lions (2018-2019), Montreal Alouettes (2019, 2020), and Tennessee Titans (2019). Santoso spent 2020 on the Giants’ Practice Squad after the team signed him in early September. Santoso has only played in three NFL games, solely as a kickoff specialist.

CB Aaron Robinson (core muscle) remains on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) List.

WR Kenny Golladay (hamstring), WR Kadarius Toney (unknown), WR John Ross (hamstring?), WR Austin Mack (hamstring?), TE Evan Engram (unknown), OG Shane Lemieux (knee), NT Danny Shelton (unknown), LB Tae Crowder (unknown), LB Ryan Anderson (unknown), LB Elerson Smith (hamstring), CB Adoree’ Jackson (ankle sprain), and CB Josh Jackson (calf) did not practice on Thursday. Lemieux, Shelton, and Crowder were left behind in New Jersey for treatment.

According to multiple press reports, Jackson’s injury is a “minor” low-ankle sprain and he is expected to be ready for the regular-season opener. “We’re going to check to see how he is today,” said Head Coach Joe Judge. “He’ll be with the trainers a little bit, we’ll see where we can ramp him up to. Looks like we dodged a bullet right there, but we’ll see day by day how it is and we’ll move him around a little bit today with the trainers.”

When asked what is wrong with Toney, Judge responded, “I’m not going to get into anybody’s individual medical right there, but this guy is getting better every day. He’s working with our trainers and doing everything they ask him to do, so I’m pleased with the progress he’s making. He’s doing everything we ask him to.”

RB Saquon Barkley (knee), TE Kyle Rudolph (foot), and OT Nate Solder (shoulder?) practiced on a limited basis.

Some snippets from various media sources:

  • CB Rodarius Williams received reps with the first team at cornerback, starting with the walk-thru.
  • In 7-on-7 drills, WR Sterling Shepard made a one-handed, diving catch at the sideline. In the same drills, RB Saquon Barkley (wearing a red, non-contact jersey) caught a pass in the left flat from QB Daniel Jones and scored. Barkley also cleared out room for Shepard to score.
  • In 7-on-7 drills, QB Mike Glennon made a nice throw to WR David Sills for a touchdown.
  • TE Kaden Smith dropped a pass at the goal line.
  • LB Azeez Ojulari flashed on the bull rush in 2-on-2, pass-rushing drills.
  • In 11-on-11 drills, the Giants’ offense started with a three-and-out after a run and two short passes to WR Sterling Shepard. QB Daniel Jones actually may have been “sacked” too on one of these plays.
  • On next drive, the offense was worse with a short completion to WR Darius Slayton and then back-to-back sacks (one given up by LT Andrew Thomas and the other by RT Matt Peart, who also held on the play). After a reset, the first play was a false start. The offense finally turned things around with long completions by QB Daniel Jones to WRs C.J. Board, Darius Slayton, and Dante Pettis. Drive was completed with a 1-yard touchdown pass to FB Eli Penny.
  • In 11-on-11 drills, the first-team Patriots’ offense drove 80 yards and finished the possession with a RB Damien Harris touchdown run. CB James Bradberry dropped an interception on this drive.
  • On next drive, S Xavier McKinney broke up a pass from QB Mac Jones. That was followed up with an interception by S Logan Ryan on a seam route. Slot corner Darnay Holmes was replaced by Julian Love after Holmes was called with defensive holding.
  • CB Sam Beal forced two incompletions by QB Mac Jones, but Beal finished this possession by allowing a touchdown in the corner of the end zone and then the 2-point conversion. This drive would have ended earlier if not a practice as there were sacks by S Jabrill Peppers, LB Lorenzo Carter, and LB Ifeadi Odenigbo. CBs James Bradberry and Rodarius Williams also broke up passes.
  • Giants’ offensive line had issues in next team drill. RT Matt Peart in particular struggled, giving up another sack and multiple pressures. QB Daniel Jones did throw a deep seam pass to TE Nakia Griffin-Stewart. RB Corey Clement finished the drive with a touchdown. RB Saquon Barkley was in for two plays on this possession.
  • In next 11-on-11, 2-minute series, RB Saquon Barkley caught two slants from QB Daniel Jones, including one that would have gone for a big gain (possible score). Jones then connected with TE Jake Hausmann and WR Darius Slayton to set up a 49-yard field goal by PK Graham Gano.
  • On the day, QB Daniel Jones unofficially was 23-of-29; QB Mike Glennon 1-of-3; QB Cam Newton 4-of-6; and QB Mac Jones 9-of-20. RB Saquon Barkley received eight snaps in 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills.
  • For a good in-person review of the action, see Thursday’s camp report from BBI poster “mittenedman.”
  • also provided a camp report on today’s practice.

    The transcript of Joe Judge’s press conference on Thursday is available in The Corner Forum while the video is available at

    Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following players are available in The Corner Forum and at

    The Giants return to New Jersey and will practice at MetLife Stadium on Friday.

    Feb 052021
    Riley Dixon and Graham Gano, New York Giants (October 11, 2020)

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    It is exceptionally rare for a special teams coach to become an NFL head coach. So when John Mara hired Joe Judge as the next head coach of the New York Giants, it shocked many in the media and fanbase. However, Judge quickly won over many with his fiery inaugural press conference and the composition of his coaching staff. That initial luster began to dim after an 0-5 start, culminating with a Dallas Cowboys come-from-behind victory.

    Judge and the Giants began turning it around in mid-October. Their first victory came against Washington, and was followed by two very close, heart-breaking losses to the Eagles and Buccaneers in games where the Giants also held 4th-quarter leads. Then came the high-point of the season, a 4-game winning streak against Washington, Philadelphia, Cincinnati, and Seattle. The Giants were 5-7 and remarkably still very much alive for the division title. Judge began receiving praise from all quarters.

    The emotional high of soundly defeating the Seahawks was immediately dampened by a 3-game losing streak against clearly better teams. At 5-10, the Giants needed to beat the Cowboys and pray that the Eagles would upset Washington. The Giants accomplished the former, but the Eagles laid down like dogs against Washington and the 6-10 Giants missed the playoffs.

    Through all of this, the irony is that the New York Giants special teams did not improve under Judge. To be fair, the special teams unit under Thomas McGaughey had actually been the strength of the team in recent years. Judge smartly decided to retain McGaughey. The team was also left scrambling when 2018 Pro Bowl/All-Pro place kicker Aldrick Rosas was cut in July after a hit-and-run arrest. The Giants decided to sign 32-year old Graham Gano who had missed 2019 with a knee injury. Unexpectedly, Gano ended up having one of the greatest seasons in franchise history as a kicker.

    Overall, the Giants special teams played decently during the first half of the season, and there was a feeling that Judge, McGaughey, and the special teams unit were improving and building to a stronger second half. The reverse occurred. Against the Bengals, the Giants allowed a 103-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, a 29-yard punt return that almost cost them the game, and a fake punt conversion for a 1st down. Seattle blocked a Riley Dixon punt for a safety and Gano missed his first extra point of the season. Against Arizona, Dion Lewis fumbled away a kickoff return that set up a touchdown. Judge decided to run an odd fake field goal attempt against the Browns that failed miserably when the score was still 0-0. The Ravens hurt the Giants with both punt and kickoff returns.

    Statistically, the Giants finished:

    • Field Goal Percentage: 3rd (up from 30th in 2019)
    • Kickoff Returns: 16th (down from 10th in 2019)
    • Punt Returns: 6th (down from 3rd in 2019)
    • Kickoff Coverage: 16th (down from 1st in 2019)
    • Punting: 26th (down from 23rd in 2019)
    • Punt Coverage: 21st (down from 6th in 2019)

    As you can see, other than field goal percentage, the Giants were down in every other special teams category. The team was significantly worse in kickoff and punt coverage. The Giants never really replaced Cody Core, their extraordinary punt/kick coverage specialist who tore his Achilles’ tendon in training camp.

    The star of the entire unit was clearly Gano. He only missed one field goal all season and was 5-of-6 from 50+ yards.


    The Giants signed Graham Gano in August 2020. Gano had a superlative season for the Giants in 2020, converting on 31-of-32 field goal attempts (96.9 percent – second highest in team history) and 21-of-23 extra point attempts (91.3 percent). He was 5-of-6 from 50+ yards out (single-season franchise record), with a long of 55 yards. Gano converted on 30 consecutive field goals, which also was a franchise record. Thirty of his 73 kickoffs (41 percent) resulted in touchbacks. Gano spent most of his NFL career with the Washington Redskins (2009-2011) and Carolina Panthers (2012-2019). However, he missed the last four games of the 2018 season and all of the 2019 season with a knee injury. The Panthers released him in late July 2020. Gano made the Pro Bowl in 2017.

    Punter Riley Dixon saw his gross (44.8 yards per punt) and net (38.8 net yards per punt) fall in 2020, with 28 of his punts being downed inside the 20-yard line and one blocked. The 6’5”, 226-pound Dixon was originally drafted in the 7th round of the 2016 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos. He was named to the All-Rookie team. The Giants traded with the Broncos for Dixon in April 2018, giving the Broncos a conditional 7th-round draft pick.

    Ryan Santoso spent 2020 on the Giants’ Practice Squad after the team signed him in early September. Santoso was originally signed by the Detroit Lions as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2018 NFL Draft. He has spent time with the Lions (2018-2019), Montreal Alouettes (2019, 2020), and Tennessee Titans (2019). Santoso has only played in three NFL games, solely as a kickoff specialist.


    The Giants signed long snapper Casey Kreiter as an unrestricted free agent from the Denver Broncos in April 2020. The 6’1”, 250-pound Kreiter was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Dallas Cowboys after the 2014 NFL Draft. After spending two camps with the Cowboys, Kreiter made the Denver Broncos in 2016. He made the Pro Bowl for his performance in 2018.

    The Giants signed long snapper Carson Tinker in early September 2020. He spent the year on the team’s Practice Squad. The 6’0”, 237-pound Tinker was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Jacksonville Jaguars after the 2013 NFL Draft. He played in 69 regular-season games for the Jaguars from 2013-2018. The Jaguars cut him in March 2019 and he did not play that year.


    The Giants did not return a punt or kickoff for a touchdown. The leading punt returner was Jabrill Peppers, who only returned 15 punts all season, but who averaged a very respectable 12.5 yards per return and came close to breaking a couple. His long return was 20 yards. On the flip side, some of his decision-making on when and when not to field a punt was questionable.

    Dion Lewis did not impress on his 24 kickoff returns, fumbling three (two of which he lost). He averaged 22.4 yards per return with a long return of 48 yards. Corey Ballentine also returned nine kickoffs before he was cut.


    • S Nate Ebner: 74.27%
    • LB Cam Brown: 70.87%
    • FB Eli Penny: 59.47%
    • LB Devante Downs: 57.77%
    • LB David Mayo: 46.36%
    • S/CB Julian Love: 42.96%
    • CB Corey Ballentine: 34.47%
    • TE Levine Toilolo: 34.22%
    • DL Dexter Lawrence: 33.74%
    • LB Carter Coughlin: 33.50%

    Nate Ebner had a quiet year despite playing 3/4ths off all special team snaps. The Giants signed him as an unrestricted free agent from the New England Patriots in March 2020 to a 1-year, $2 million contract strictly to be a special teams stud. The leading special teams tacklers were David Mayo (8), Eli Penny (7), Cam Brown (6), and Devante Downs (6).

    Feb 012021
    Jeremy Pruitt, Tennessee Volunteers (December 12, 2020)

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    Although not officially announced, the New York Giants have reportedly hired former University of Tennessee Head Coach Jeremy Pruitt in an unidentified capacity. Pruitt was fired by the University of Tennessee on January 18 for recruiting violations. Before serving as head coach at Tennessee, the 46-year old Pruitt was the defensive coordinator at Florida (2013), Georgia (2014-2015), and Alabama (2016-2017).

    • 2018-2020: Head Coach, University of Tennessee
    • 2016-2017: Defensive Coordinator/Inside Linebackers Coach, University of Alabama
    • 2014-2015: Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs Coach, University of Georgia
    • 2013: Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs Coach, University of Florida
    • 2010-2012: Defensive Backs Coach, University of Alabama
    • 2007-2009: Director of Player Development, University of Alabama
    • 2005-2006: Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs Coach, Hoover High School (Alabama)
    • 2004: Defensive Backs Coach, Hoover High School (Alabama)
    • 2001-2003: Assistant Coach, Fort Payne High School (Alabama)
    • 2000: Defensive Coordinator, Plainview High School (Alabama)
    • 1999: Defensive Backs Coach, University of West Alabama
    • 1998: Defensive Backs Coach, Plainview High School (Alabama)
    • 1997: Graduate Assistant, University of Alabama
    • Pro Experience: None
    • Collegiate Experience: Defensive Back, Middle Tennessee State University (1993-1994)/University of Alabama (1995-1996)
    • Born: May 28, 1974

    The Houston Chronicle is reporting that the New York Giants have interviewed Mike Devlin for the team’s vacant offensive line coaching position. The 51-year old Devlin has served as offensive line coach of the New York Jets (2013-2014) and Houston Texans (2015-2020) in recent years. Before that, he was the tight ends coach on the Jets (2006-2012). 

    The Giants fired Offensive Line Coach Marc Colombo in mid-November 2020 and replaced him with Dave DeGuglielmo for the final eight games of the season. DeGuglielmo’s contract expired in January. The Athletic reported that the Giants wanted DeGuglielmo to return, but the two sides could not reach an agreement on a new deal. That could still happen according to The New York Post, but for now, the Giants are searching for other options.

    The NFL Network is reporting that the Minnesota Vikings will interview New York Giants Wide Receiver Coach Tyke Tolbert for the team’s offensive coordinator vacancy. Tolbert has coached the Giants’ wide receivers since 2018, under both head coaches Pat Shurmur and Joe Judge.

    ESPN is reporting that the Detroit Lions and Minnesota Vikings recently interviewed New York Giants Assistant Defensive Backs Coach Anthony Blevins for special teams coach vacancies. Blevins served as a special teams assistant coach with the Cardinals (2013-2017) and Giants (2018-2019) in recent years. Head Coach Joe Judge moved him to assistant defensive backs coach in 2020.

    The New York Giants have signed center Jonotthan Harrison to a reserve/future contract. The deal is reportedly a 1-year, $2 million contract. The 29-year old, 6’4”, 300-pound Harrison was originally signed by the Indianapolis Colts as undrafted rookie free agent after the 2014 NFL Draft. He has spent time with the Colts (2014-2016), New York Jets (2017-2019), and Buffalo Bills (2020). Harrison has played in 84 regular-season games with 42 starts.

    The New York Giants have re-signed punter/kicker Ryan Santoso to reserve/future contract. Santoso was originally signed by the Detroit Lions as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2018 NFL Draft. He has spent time with the Lions (2018-2019), Montreal Alouettes (2019, 2020), and Tennessee Titans (2019). Santoso spent 2020 on the Giants’ Practice Squad after the team signed him in early September. Santoso has only played in three NFL games, solely as a kickoff specialist.

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    Daniel Jones, New York Giants (November 29, 2020)

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    QB Daniel Jones (hamstring) did not practice on Wednesday.

    “Really, we’re waiting to hear a lot of feedback from the trainers, to be honest with you,” said Head Coach Joe Judge. “(Jones) came in today, deep in the playbook and ready to work. We’ll see some stuff with the trainers today. Today is going to be kind of a practice work hybrid structure. Some early practice, individual and group periods. Then we’re going to have kind of a team walk-thru on the back-end today after some conditioning. We’ll kind of see what he’s able to do, and that will really help us plan out more tomorrow and Friday going forward.”

    “I’m not sure (if I could play today),” said Jones. “I think, luckily, there’s not a game today and to think of a hypothetical here, I’m sure we all use the week to prepare our bodies to play on Sundays. That’s part of the schedule and the way it works for all of us, so I’m not sure. My goal is to continue to improve throughout the week.”

    WR Darius Slayton (shoulder/foot), WR Sterling Shepard (toe/shoulder), LB David Mayo (knee), and S Nate Ebner (knee) were limited in practice.

    The New York Giants have re-signed safety Montre Hartage and place kicker/punter Ryan Santoso the Practice Squad. Both were waived from the 53-man roster on Tuesday.

    The transcript of Joe Judge’s press conference on Wednesday is available in The Corner Forum while the video is available at

    Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following players are available in The Corner Forum and at

    The New York Giants practice on Thursday afternoon (12:15-1:45PM). Head Coach Joe Judge, the team’s coordinators, and select players will also address the media.

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    Kyler Fackrell, New York Giants (October 11, 2020)

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    The New York Giants have placed linebacker Kyler Fackrell on Injured Reserve with a calf injury that he suffered in Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals. Fackrell had played in all 11 games this year, with eight starts. He had accrued 30 tackles, three sacks, and one interception that he returned for a touchdown. Fackrell will have to miss at least three games before he is eligible to return to the 53-man roster.

    Tight end Kaden Smith, offensive tackle Matt Peart, and wide receiver/return specialist Dante Pettis were activated off the Reserve/COVID-19 List. They are eligible to return to practice on Wednesday. All three were placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 List on November 20th.

    The Giants waived safety Montre Hartage and kicker/punter Ryan Santoso. Hartage has been on both the 53-man roster and Practice Squad this season, playing in one game. Santoso was signed last week off the Practice Squad as insurance in case place kicker Graham Gano was unavailable for the Cincinnati game. Gano was on the Reserve/COVID-19 List, but was activated Saturday.

    Rookie free agents wide receiver Derrick Dillon and tight end Nate Wieting were terminated from the Practice Squad.

    A video clip compilation of the media sessions with the following New York Giants assistant coaches on Tuesday is available at

    • Quarterback Coach Jerry Schuplinski
    • Running Backs Coach Burton Burns
    • Wide Receivers Coach Tyke Tolbert
    • Tight Ends Coach Freddie Kitchens
    • Offensive Line Coach Dave DeGuglielmo
    • Defensive Line Coach Sean Spencer
    • Outside Linebackers Coach/Senior Assistant Bret Bielema
    • Inside Linebackers Coach Coach Kevin Sherrer
    • Defensive Backs Coach Jerome Henderson

    The New York Giants practice on Wednesday afternoon (12:30-2:10PM). Head Coach Joe Judge and select players will also address the media.

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    Graham Gano, New York Giants (November 15, 2020)

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    New York Giants place kicker Graham Gano has tested positive for COVID-19. He has officially been placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 List and two other staff members were told to stay home.

    While the Giants have their bye this weekend, Gano may miss at least one game. Because of this, punter/place kicker Ryan Santoso was signed to the 53-man roster from the team’s Practice Squad.

    Gano spent most of his NFL career with the Washington Redskins (2009-2011) and Carolina Panthers (2012-2019). However, he missed the last four games of the 2018 season and all of the 2019 season with a knee injury. The Panthers released him in late July 2020. The Giants signed Gano to a 1-year contract in August 2020. On Sunday, the Giants announced that they extended the contract of Gano through the 2023 NFL season.

    The 33-year old Gano has made 21 of his 22 field goal attempts this year for the Giants, only missing a 57-yard effort. He also has made all 16 PAT attempts.

    Santoso was originally signed by the Detroit Lions as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2018 NFL Draft. He has spent time with the Lions (2018-2019), Montreal Alouettes (2019, 2020), and Tennessee Titans (2019). Santoso has only played in three NFL games, solely as a kickoff specialist.

    The Giants also signed tight end Nate Wieting to the Practice Squad. The 23-year old, 6’4”, 250-pound Wieting is an undrafted rookie free agent who has spent some time with the Cleveland Browns and Miami Dolphins.

    Head Coach Joe Judge and select players will address the media on Wednesday.

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    Adrian Colbert, Miami Dolphins (December 1, 2019)

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    The New York Giants have claimed the following players off of waivers:

    • WR Damion Ratley (from Cleveland Browns)
    • OT Jackson Barton (from Kansas City Chiefs)
    • S/CB Adrian Colbert (from Kansas City Chiefs)

    The 25-year old, 6’2”, 200-pound Ratley was originally drafted in the 6th round of the 2018 NFL Draft by the Browns. In 2018-2019, Ratley played in 26 regular-season games with six starts, accruing 25 catches for 344 yards and one touchdown.

    The 25-year old, 6’7”, 302-pound Barton was originally drafted in the 7th round of the 2019 NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts. The Chiefs signed him off of the Colts’ Practice Squad in 2019. Barton has not played in an NFL game.

    The 26-year old, 6’2”, 205-pound Colbert was originally drafted in the 7th round of the 2017 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers. Colbert has spent time with the 49ers (2017-2019), Seattle Seahawks (2019), Miami Dolphins (2019), and Chiefs (2020). He has played in 27 regular-season games with 17 starts, accruing 74 tackles and eight pass defenses. Colbert has also played cornerback and is a good gunner on special teams.

    To make room for these three players, the Giants released wide receiver Corey Coleman and offensive lineman Chad Slade, and waived safety Sean Chandler.

    The Giants signed Coleman to the Practice Squad and then the 53-man roster in October 2018. He missed all of 2019 with a torn ACL knee injury. The team signed Slade to a reserve/futures contract in January 2019. The Giants originally signed Chandler as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2018 NFL Draft.

    As expected, the New York Giants have placed safety Xavier McKinney (fractured left foot) and inside linebacker David Mayo (torn meniscus in his left knee) on Injured Reserve. Both players recently underwent surgery. Both are also eligible to return to the 53-man roster this year once healthy.

    To fill their roster spots, the Giants re-signed tight end Eric Tomlinson and cornerback Brandon Williams. Both were with the Giants in training camp this summer and both were cut by the team on Saturday. The Giants signed Tomlinson as an unrestricted free agent from the Las Vegas Raiders in March 2020. The team signed  Williams in late August 2020.

    The New York Giants have signed the following players to the team’s Practice Squad:

    • QB Cooper Rush
    • RB Sandro Platzgummer
    • WR Johnny Holton
    • WR Alex Bachman
    • WR Derrick Dillon
    • WR Austin Mack
    • WR Binjimen Victor
    • OL Tyler Haycraft
    • OL Kyle Murphy
    • DL Niko Lalos
    • CB Jarren Williams
    • S/CB Chris Williamson
    • P/PK Ryan Santoso
    • LS Carson Tinker

    All of the players except for Santoso were with the team in training camp.

    The 25-year old, 6’5”, 258-pound Santoso was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Detroit Lions after the 2018 NFL Draft. He has spent time with the Lions (2018-2019), Tennessee Titans (2019), and Montreal Alouettes (2019 and 2020). He has not punted or kicked in NFL games other than being used as a kickoff specialist with Titans in 2019.

    The Giants receive an exemption for Platzgummer because they were one of four teams chosen to carry an additional overseas player on their Practice Squad in 2020 as part of the NFL’s International Player Pathway Program. However, Platzgummer is ineligible to join the active roster this season.

    The Giants have three open slots remaining on their Practice Squad. Although not officially signed, according to media reports, the Giants also intend to sign cornerback Ryan Lewis to the Practice Squad.

    The 26-year old, 6’0”, 195-pound Lewis was originally signed by the Arizona Cardinals as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2017 NFL Draft. He has spent time with the Cardinals (2017), New England Patriots (2017-2018), Buffalo Bills (2018), Indianapolis Colts (2019), Philadelphia Eagles (2019), Miami Dolphins (2019), and Washington Football Team (2020). Lewis has played in 20 NFL regular-season games with two starts, accruing 43 tackles, eight pass defenses, and one interception.

    Linebacker Ryan Connelly, who the Giants cut on Saturday, was claimed off of waivers by the Minnesota Vikings. In addition, defensive lineman Chris Slayton was signed to the Buffalo Bills’ Practice Squad while offensive lineman Eric Smith was signed to the Dallas Cowboys’ Practice Squad.

    The transcript of Joe Judge’s press conference on Sunday is available in The Corner Forum while the video is available on

    The players return to practice on Monday.