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Giants Now: Recapping first wave of free agency


Recapping first wave of free agency

The start of the new league year has come and gone with the Giants making several moves to prepare the roster for the 2022 season.

Over the last week, the Giants signed eight players to contracts. Of those eight, three were with the team last year while five were members of other clubs.

Here are the five newest members of the Giants:

TE Ricky Seals-Jones

QB Tyrod Taylor

OL Mark Glowinski

OL Jon Feliciano

WR Robert Foster

Here are the three players returning to the Giants:

OT Korey Cunningham

CB Jarren Williams

WR C.J. Board

On top of the eight player signed to new contracts, the Giants also released veteran DB Logan Ryan on Thursday. Additionally, the team has reportedly reached a deal to bring back LS Casey Kreiter, who has played in every game for the Giants over the last two seasons.

Earlier in the offseason, the Giants signed OL Matt Gono and re-signed WR David Sills, while letting go of TE Kaden Smith, P Riley Dixon, RB Devontae Booker and TE Kyle Rudolph.

TE Ricky Seals-Jones eyes bigger role with Giants

Ricky Seals-Jones made what was arguably the most spectacular reception by a Giants opponent in 2021, outjumping Adoree' Jackson in the back corner of the end zone for a 19-yard touchdown that gave Washington a fourth-quarter lead in FedExField on Sept. 16.

Though it was one of just two touchdowns he scored last season, the reception is not what Seals-Jones mentions first when he recalls that Thursday night game.

"You know, it's a victory," Seals-Jones said of Washington's 30-29 triumph. "That's how I remember it. We got the win, but now I'm here, so hopefully I can make some more plays like that in the Big Blue."

That's exactly what the Giants are hoping for after signing the free agent, a partnership that should benefit both sides. The Giants no longer have their top three tight ends from last season after Evan Engram joined the Jacksonville Jaguars and Kyle Rudolph and Kaden Smith were released. And Seals-Jones, playing for his fourth team in as many seasons and fifth overall, hopes to establish roots in New Jersey.

QB Tyrod Taylor looks forward to working with Daniel Jones

Tyrod Taylor officially joined the Giants Thursday, his sixth team on an NFL journey entering its 12th season. He has learned much about the league, professionalism, strategy and, as he demonstrated in a Zoom interview with reporters, football diplomacy.

The Giants, of course, have an established starting quarterback in Daniel Jones, and Taylor displayed his respect for that hierarchy when asked if he's coming in to compete for the starting job or as the backup.

"I view it as coming in, obviously, learning the offense, pushing the guys in the room, and just going out and putting my best foot forward each day," Taylor said. "My process since I've been drafted in 2011 has been to prepare as the starter. Obviously, at the quarterback position you never know when your number is called. You want to be able to go in and play at a high level. So, that's my focus. I'll continue to keep working as we get back in the swing of things in April."

Five things to know about new offensive lineman Mark Glowinski

1. Originally a fourth-round pick by the Seahawks in the 2015 NFL Draft, Glowinski has played in 95 regular-season games with 74 starts. He has also started five postseason games, two with the Seahawks and three with the Colts. After being waived by the Seahawks towards the end of the 2017 season, Glowinski went on spend more than four seasons with the Colts.

2. Glowinski reunites with offensive line coach Bobby Johnson, who served as his assistant offensive line coach with the Colts in 2018.

3. Glowinski, 6-foot-4 and 310 pounds, has starting experience at both guard positions. Over his last four seasons in Indianapolis, Glowinski has played in 59 games with 55 starts. In 16 games (14 starts) last season, he earned a solid 70.1 overall grade from Pro Football Focus, including a 70.6 run block grade.

4. The 29-year-old lineman began his collegiate career at Lackawanna College from 2010-2011. After transferring to West Virginia, Glowinski started all 25 games he saw action in during his two seasons there. Following his senior season in 2014, Glowinski received First-Team All-Big 12 honors from the Associated Press and Second-Team All-Big 12 honors from the conference's coaches.

5. Born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, Glowinski attended G.A.R. Memorial High School. There, he was a three-year starter on both sides of the ball, helping lead his team to a 26-8 record during his time there. He also earned Garrett Ford Academic Honor Roll recognition for his performance in the classroom.

According to the Colts' media guide, football was not the first sport the offensive lineman fell in love with. Growing up in Wilkes-Barre, Glowinski spent a lot of his time at the local bowling alley playing in leagues. While bowling now serves as a hobby for him, Glowinski says some day after he is done playing football, he will return to playing in competitive bowling leagues.

View photos from the career of veteran offensive lineman Mark Glowinski.

Giants sign free agent Jon Feliciano to play center

Jon Feliciano has started 43 NFL games, 39 of them in the regular season. The position breakdown of those 43 starts is 30 at right guard, 11 at left guard and two at center.

The Giants signed the free agent lineman to play …center, where he last started on Nov. 15, 2020. According to Feliciano, it's a sound decision for both the team and the player.

"I've been in a lot of people's ears for a lot of years trying to get into the center position," Feliciano said on a Zoom call soon after signing his contract. "I honestly think it's my best position, and I'm just really excited to finally get to show what I've got.

"It was definitely – I wanted to play center. There were other teams that were talking, and I believe in myself, and I believe that the center position is where I'll be best. Thankfully, Bobby and Daboll agreed and we got it to work out."

Giants re-sign cornerback Jarren Williams

The New York Giants re-signed cornerback Jarren Williams, who was set to become an exclusive rights free agent at the start of the new league year at 4 p.m.

The 5-foot-11, 190-pound Albany product appeared in six games for the Giants last season and made two starts. Originally signed as an undrafted rookie by the Arizona Cardinals in 2020, he joined the Giants later that summer and spent time on the team's practice squad before being elevated to the active roster.

View photos from the career of cornerback Jarren Williams.

Giants re-sign offensive tackle Korey Cunningham

The Giants announced on Thursday they have re-signed offensive tackle Korey Cunningham.

A 6-6, 311-pounder, Cunningham spent the entire 2021 season with the Giants, splitting his time between the practice squad and the active roster. He was signed to the practice squad on Sept. 7, one week after being released by the New England Patriots.

Cunningham was elevated to the roster for the first time on Oct. 9 and made his Giants debut the following day in Dallas. He played in 12 games, including 11 in a row before missing the Jan. 2 game in Chicago after being placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list. Cunningham totaled 113 snaps as a reserve and 34 on special teams.

He played more than half of those snaps (67) at Philadelphia on Dec. 26, when Matt Peart started at right tackle but had to leave the game after suffering a torn ACL late in the first quarter. Cunningham replaced him for the remainder of the game.

Giants sign WR Robert Foster; C.J. Board back with team

The Giants signed wide receiver Robert Foster, who played for Brian Daboll at both the University of Alabama and with the Buffalo Bills, on Monday.

In addition, the Giants announced they have re-signed wideout C.J. Board, who was scheduled to become a free agent with the start of the league year on Wednesday.

Foster, 6-2 and 194 pounds, did not play a game in 2021, when he spent most of the season on the Dallas Cowboys' practice squad.

Foster has played in 30 regular-season games with seven starts for Buffalo (2018-19) and Washington (2020). He had 32 receptions for 642 yards and three touchdowns, plus two rushing attempts for 29 yards. Foster did not have a catch in his only postseason game (with Washington).

View photos of the career of new Giants wide receiver Robert Foster.

Board, 6-1 and 181 pounds, played the last two seasons for the Giants after beginning his career with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

In 2021, Board played in the season's first six games. He caught four passes for 51 yards and averaged 24.8 yards on 11 kickoff returns and 16.5 yards on two punt returns. Board started against the Rams on Oct. 17, a game in which he fractured his arm, an injury that sent him to injured reserve for the remainder of the season.

Board's career numbers include 17 receptions for 183 yards in 24 games (five starts). He has also returned 13 kickoffs (25.2-yard avg.) and three punts (13.0-yard avg.).


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