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Giants sign veteran LB Benardrick McKinney to practice squad


The Giants made several moves involving their practice squad. They signed veteran linebacker Benardrick McKinney, as well as wide receiver Travis Toivonen, defensive tackle Woodrow Hamilton, and offensive tackle Derrick Kelly.

McKinney, 6-4 and 257 pounds, played in 80 regular-season games with 77 starts and started all six postseason games in which he played for the Houston Texans from 2015-20. His career totals include 525 tackles (312 solo) and 11.5 sacks in the regular season and 44 tackles (23 solo) in the playoffs.

McKinney, 28, played just four games in 2020 before a shoulder injury forced him to go on injured reserve. He was traded on March 17 to the Miami Dolphins, who released him on Aug. 31.

Toivonen, 6-4 and 212 pounds, was signed as an undrafted rookie by the Seattle Seahawks on June 8 and released on Aug. 31. At the University of North Dakota, he played in 42 games and caught 139 passes for 1,719 yards and 13 touchdowns.

Kelly, 6-5 and 320 pounds, participated in 16 offensive plays and 22 on special teams in six games for the New Orleans Saints in 2020. He originally joined the Saints as a rookie free agent in 2019 and spent that entire season on their practice squad. Kelly was back on their squad for the first few weeks of this season before he was cut on Oct. 12.

The Giants terminated the practice squad contracts of tight end Jake Hausmann and guard Cole Banwart.

View photos of new Giants linebacker Bernardrick McKinney.

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