The New York Giants added tight end Ryan Izzo to their practice squad. The team terminated the contract of wide receiver Damion Willis to make room on the 16-man practice squad roster.
Izzo, 6-5 and 255 pounds, is the second practice squad player who was with another team. Running back Dexter Williams, who was signed yesterday, is the other. Izzo was released earlier this week by the Houston Texans, who had acquired him in a trade with New England on March 18. Izzo spent his first two NFL years in New England with Giants coach Joe Judge.
Izzo played in 18 games with 16 starts in two active seasons with the Patriots. He caught 19 passes for 313 yards and one touchdown. In 2020, Izzo started all 12 games in which he played and had 13 receptions for 199 yards.
Izzo was a seventh-round draft choice by the Patriots in 2018, when he spent the entire season on injured reserve after suffering a neck injury in training camp. In three seasons at Florida State, Izzo played in 41 games with 37 starts and totaled 54 receptions for 761 yards (18.6-yard avg.) and six touchdowns. He is a New Jersey native who ended his prep career at Pope John XXIII High School in Sparta.
Willis joined the Giants on July 31, shortly after his release by the Denver Broncos. He had a team-high 112 receiving yards and two touchdowns in the preseason on six catches, including a 43-yard score with eight seconds remaining against New England that was the Giants' longest completion of the summer. Willis played in 10 games with two starts for the 2019 Cincinnati Bengals and had nine receptions for 82 yards.
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