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Collin Johnson to IR with Achilles injury; Giants claim 3 off waivers


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The Giants today made several roster moves soon after one of their most impressive players in training camp suffered a season-ending injury.

Wide receiver Collin Johnson, who had been productive virtually every time he stepped on the field and had 10 receptions in the first two preseason games, tore his Achilles tendon in practice this afternoon. Johnson was placed on injured reserve along with fellow wideout Marcus Kemp, who has a hamstring injury.

In addition, the Giants terminated the contract of tight end Jordan Akins.

To fill the vacancies on the roster, the Giants were awarded three players off waivers, cornerback Harrison Hand and wide receivers Jaylon Moore and Bailey Gaither.

Hand was released by the Minnesota Vikings on Monday. He is the only one of the three players with NFL experience. A 5-11, 185-pounder, he played in 23 games with one start for the Vikings in 2020-21. Hand was credited with 12 tackles (nine solo) and he intercepted one pass among his three passes defensed.

Hand was the Vikings' fifth-round draft choice from Temple University in 2020, the 169th overall selection. 

Moore (Monday) and Gaither (yesterday) were both released this week by the Baltimore Ravens. They each had two receptions for the Ravens this preseason, Moore for 15 yards and Gaither for 18 yards.

Moore, 5-11 and 191 pounds, entered the NFL as a rookie free agent with the Ravens in 2020 and spent all that season and most of the 2021 season on Baltimore's practice squad. In four seasons at Tennessee-Martin, he caught 92 passes for 1,492 yards and 18 touchdowns.

Gaither, 6-0 and 188 pounds, was signed as a rookie free agent on May 14, 2021 by Green Bay. Early in the 2021 training camp, he announced his retirement. The Ravens signed him on July 27, 2022. Gaither played five seasons as at San Jose State, where he had 135 receptions for 2,227 yards and 18 touchdowns.

Johnson was awarded to the Giants off waivers on Sept. 1, 2021, a day after his release by the Jacksonville Jaguars. Last season, he played in 12 games with one start and caught 11 passes for 105 yards, with a long reception of 16 yards. Johnson appeared poised for a breakout season before tearing his Achilles today.

Kemp signed with the Giants as a free agent on July 25. He had a 17-yard reception in the preseason victory against Cincinnati on Sunday night. Kemp entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent out of Hawaii with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2017. He has played in 44 regular-season and eight postseason games, all but one of them for Kansas City. Kemp has four regular-season receptions for 42 yards.

Akins joined the Giants as a free agent on April 22. In four seasons with the Houston Texans, he caught 114 passes for 1,260 yards and three touchdowns. His departure leaves the Giants with three tight ends: rookies Daniel Bellinger and Austin Allen and third-year pro Chris Myarick.

View the best photos from Wednesday's training camp practice at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.


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