EAST RUTHERFORD N.J. – Seeking reinforcements for their suddenly-depleted wide receiver corps, and perhaps looking to boost their return game, the Giants today signed former University of Pittsburgh standout Quandree Henderson off their practice squad.
Henderson, 5-8 and 192 pounds, was signed to the practice squad on Oct. 4. He entered the NFL on May 4 when he was signed as a rookie free agent by the Pittsburgh Steelers, who waived him on Sept. 1.
Henderson is eligible to make his NFL debut tomorrow night, when the Giants face the Falcons in Atlanta.
Henderson played three seasons (2015-17) for the Panthers. He appeared in 34 games and finished his career with a school-record seven return touchdowns – four on kickoff returns and three on punts. He averaged 26.6 yards on 73 kickoff returns and 13.4 yards on 37 punt returns. Henderson also rushed for 887 yards and caught 45 passes for 473 yards. In 2017, he led the Panthers with 1,204 all-purpose yards.
To make room on the roster for Henderson, the Giants waived tight end Garrett Dickerson, another rookie free agent. A Northwestern product, Dickerson began the season on the practice squad and was added to the active roster on Sept. 25. He played in two games and did not have a catch.
The Giants have been hit by injuries at wide receiver. Cody Latimer was placed on injured reserve last week with a hamstring injury. Rookie Jawill Davis is in the NFL concussion protocol and has been declared out of the game tomorrow night. Another receiver, Russell Shepard, is questionable with a neck injury.
Prior to adding Henderson, the Giants had just three healthy receivers in Odell Beckham, Jr., Sterling Shepard and Bennie Fowler, who joined the team last Tuesday, when Latimer was placed on I.R.
The Giants' 2.8-yard punt return average is the NFL's lowest. They are 12th in the league with a 24.1-yard kickoff return average.