Photos of LB Ashlee Palmer's career with the Lions
The New York Giants made a series of roster moves on Monday heading into their third preseason game. They waived/injured safety Justin Currie (ankle) and linebacker Tony Johnson (knee) while signing veteran linebacker Ashlee Palmer and undrafted rookie defensive back C.J. Conway.
Here are five things to know about the newest members of the Giants:
LB Ashlee Palmer
- Originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Bills in 2009, Palmer played one season in Buffalo before spending the last five with the Lions. In 94 career games (24 starts), Palmer has recorded 156 tackles, 2.5 sacks, five passes defensed and four forced fumbles.
- The 6-foot-1, 238-pound Palmer never missed a game over the last five seasons in Detroit and has only missed two in his entire six-year career (both as a rookie with the Bills). Palmer has played in two postseason games with one start.
- In 2014, Palmer made five starts in 16 games for Detroit, recording only 12 tackles but notching personal bests with 1.5 sacks and two passes defensed. Palmer started a career-high 10 games in 2013.
- A ferocious cover man on special teams with the versatility to fill in at linebacker, Palmer led the Lions in special teams tackles in 2012 with 13 stops (12 solo).
- A native of Compton, Calif., Palmer played two seasons at Ole Miss after transferring from Compton Community College. He led the Rebels with 89 total tackles, three interceptions, seven pass defenses and two fumble recoveries as a junior. He attended Lynwood (Calif.) High School, where he helped lead his team to a 10-1-1 record and a CIF playoff berth in 2003, completing 72 of 128 passes for 1,103 yards and 10 touchdowns.
DB C.J. Conway
- An undrafted defensive back from Montclair State, C.J. Conway was invited to participate in the Giants' rookie minicamp this past May.
- As a senior in 2014, Conway was named the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) Male Athlete of the Year as well as its Defensive Player of the Year. He was also named to the Associated Press Little All-America Team (top players from Division II, III and NAIA) and selected to the American Football Coaches Association All-America Team.
- The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Conway finished his career with 12 interceptions, ranking sixth all-time in Red Hawks history. His 33 pass breakups were second in the school's record books.
- In 2014, Conway ranked third in the nation in interceptions (0.8 per game) and was 11th in passes defended.
- A native of Folsom, N.J., Conway played at Hammonton High School.
Photos of the Giants 2015 official roster