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Giants sign DE Ishaq Williams; Announce roster transactions

Posted May 9, 2016

The Giants announced several roster moves on Monday which includes signing undrafted free agent Ishaq Williams who played college football at Notre Dame. 

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The Giants today added a quarterback with NFL experience as they made several roster moves.

B.J. Daniels, who played quarterback, wide receiver and on special teams in eight games for two teams last season, is one of four new Giants players. He is joined by wide receivers Kardon Boone and Donte Foster, and defensive end Ishaq Williams. All four players participated in last week’s rookie minicamp on a tryout basis.

Four players were removed from the roster, including two who played for the Giants in 2015. Wide receiver Ben Edwards, who caught one pass for the Giants last season, was waived injured. Linebacker James Morris, who had two special teams tackles, was waived. Also waived were quarterback Josh Woodrum and tight end Cedrick Lang.

Woodrum and Lang had signed contracts prior to the minicamp.

Daniels was a seventh-round draft choice (237th overall selection) by the San Francisco 49ers in 2013, from South Florida. He was waived by the 49ers on Oct. 1 of that year and was signed the following day by the Seattle Seahawks.

Daniels, 5-11 and 218 pounds, did not appear in a game until last season, when he played in six for the Seahawks and two for the Houston Texans, who signed him off Seattle’s practice squad on Dec. 21. His totals were one completion on two passes, six rushing attempts for six yards, two receptions for 18 yards, and five punt returns for 25 yards.

Williams, 6-4 and 253 pounds, last played on a team in 2013, when he was one of five Notre Dame players suspended for alleged academic fraud. In his three seasons at Notre Dame, Williams played in 35 games and totaled 45 tackles, six tackles for losses, one sack and one forced fumble. Williams is a Brooklyn native who played at Lincoln High School in Coney Island.

Boone, a 6-0, 193-pound product of LSU, originally signed with the Philadelphia Eagles on May 10, 2014. He was waived on Aug. 23 and signed to the St. Louis Rams’ practice squad on October 21. The Rams cut Boone on October 29, and the Indianapolis Colts signed him to their practice squad on Dec. 31, 2014.

At LSU, Boone played in 53 games with 11 starts, and caught 44 passes for 611 yards and eight touchdowns.

Foster, 6-1 and 193 pounds, was originally signed as a rookie free agent by the Minnesota Vikings on May 5, 2014, from Ohio University. He spent time on the Vikings’ practice squad that season and again in 2015, before he was released on Oct. 25. Foster joined the San Diego Chargers’ practice squad on Nov. 18, and was released on Dec. 1. He was signed to the Dallas Cowboys’ practice squad on Dec. 30, and to a reserve/future contract when the season ended. The Cowboys waived him on March 2. Foster played in 51 games at Ohio, where his career totals were 167 receptions for 2,170 yards, and 21 touchdowns.



5 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
By Dan Salomone

QB B.J. Daniels

1. Originally a seventh-round draft choice (No. 237 overall) by the San Francisco 49ers in 2013, Daniels most recently spent time with the Houston Texans at the end of the 2015 season. He was previously on and off the practice squad with the Seattle Seahawks from 2013-15 when they won back-to-back NFC titles, including a victory in Super Bowl XLVIII.

2. In 2014, he transitioned to wide receiver for the Seahawks. He spent that entire season on Seattle’s practice squad but was signed to the active roster for the NFC Championship Game and Super Bowl XLIX.

3. The 5-foot-11, 217-pound Florida native has appeared in eight career games (six with Seattle and two with Houston), all of which came in 2015. He has completed one pass in two attempts for seven yards while hauling in two receptions for 18 yards. He has also returned five punts with a long of 11 yards.

4. Daniels was a four-year starter at South Florida, where he was named the team's Rookie of the Year in 2009 along with future Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul. The quarterback finished his career ranked third in Big East history with 10,501 yards (8,433 passing and 2,068 rushing) of total offense and also ranked first in school history with 25 career rushing touchdowns.

5. Daniels entered college on the Bulls’ basketball team before switching to football on a full-time basis and earning a scholarship. Both his father and uncle played basketball in college.

WR Kadron Boone

1. Originally undrafted out of LSU in 2014, Boone signed with the Philadelphia Eagles as a rookie free agent before being released and added to the St. Louis Rams’ practice squad. He last signed a reserve/future contract with the Indianapolis Colts but was waived in May of 2015. He has not appeared in an NFL game.

2. At an even six feet and 204 pounds, Boone played collegiately at LSU, where he was teammates with Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and punter Brad Wing.

3. Boone will also reunite with wide receivers coach Adam Henry, who held the same position with the Tigers from 2012-14. After the 2013 season, three of Henry’s receivers were drafted by NFL teams: Beckham, Jarvis Landry and James Wright. LSU was the only school in the country to have three wide receivers selected during the 2014 draft.

4. In 51 games with 11 starts, Boone finished his LSU career with 44 receptions for 611 yards and eight touchdowns.

5. A native of Ocala, Florida, Boone was an Under Armour All-American at Trinity Catholic High School.

WR Donte Foster

1. Originally undrafted out of Ohio University in 2014, Foster has spent time on the practice squads of the Minnesota Vikings (2014-15), San Diego Chargers (2015) and Dallas Cowboys (2015). He has not played in an NFL game.

2. In seven preseason games, the 6-foot-1, 199-pound receiver has four receptions for 37 yards with a long of 19 yards in 2014.

3. At Ohio, he became just the second wide receiver in school history to surpass 1,000 yards receiving in a single season. In 51 games, he finished his career with 167 receptions for 2,170 yards and 21 touchdowns.

4. In 2013, Foster set the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl record with 160 yards receiving and earned Most Valuable Player honors.

5. A native of Guthrie, Foster was an All-Oklahoma selection as a senior after leading Class 5A in receiving yards. He also earned all-star honors from the Oklahoma Football Coaches Association and led his high school to a Class 5A state title.

DE Ishaq Williams

1. Williams, who was dismissed from Notre Dame in 2014, has not played since his junior season in 2013 when he saw action in 11 games at outside linebacker.

2. As a sophomore in 2012, Williams helped the Fighting Irish to a perfect regular season before falling to Alabama in the BCS National Championship Game. Williams played in all 13 games at outside linebacker that season, posting 22 tackles (3.5 tackles for loss).

3. In 2013, he picked up first career start against Air Force and his first career sack at Michigan.

4. The Brooklyn native was named the Gatorade Player of the Year as the top high school football player in the state of New York for 2010.

5. Williams played for coach Shawn O'Connor at the famous Lincoln High School, which has produced notable alumni ranging from actor Harvey Keitel to former NBA All-Star Stephon Marbury.