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Giants claim former Vikings WR Stacy Coley, waive FB Smith

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stacy Coley (13) runs past Buffalo Bills' Bradley Sylve (41) during the first half of a preseason NFL football game Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Rich Barnes)

The New York Giants have claimed former Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stacy Coley off waivers, reuniting him with coach Pat Shurmur.

The corresponding move was the release of fullback Shane Smith. Earlier in the day, the team signed Elijhaa Penny, a running back turned fullback, off the Arizona Cardinals’ practice squad.

Originally the first pick in the seventh round of the 2017 NFL Draft, the 6-foot, 195-pound Coley has played in six regular-season games -- four as a rookie and the first two of the 2018 season. He also appeared in the Vikings’ NFC Championship Game against the eventual Super Bowl LII champion Philadelphia Eagles. Shurmur was the offensive coordinator in Minnesota at the time.

Coley (pronounced Cole-EE), who has not caught a pass in his NFL career, played primarily on special teams for the Vikings as a return specialist. He has two fair catches on punts, and one kickoff return for 19 yards. Coley was waived by the Vikings on Tuesday when they signed veteran kicker Dan Bailey.

At the University of Miami, Coley ended his career ranked second on the school’s all-time career receptions list with 166, trailing only Reggie Wayne’s 173. Coley also finished tied for fourth in career receiving touchdowns (20), fifth in career receiving yards (2,218), and sixth in career all-purpose yards (3,810). He accomplished that in 49 career games with 31 starts.

Smith, originally an undrafted free agent out of San Jose State, signed with the Giants in May of 2017. After spending time on the practice squad, he was promoted to the active roster and played in 11 games with four starts as a rookie. He was used primarily as a blocker and on special teams. He played in the Giants’ first two games of the 2018 season.

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