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Giants claim WR Cody Core, OT Eric Smith off waivers

A look at the team's current 53-man roster heading into Week 1 vs. Dallas.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The Giants today continued reshaping their roster the day after the NFL's big cutdown, acquiring two offensive players via waivers.

The newest Giants are wide receiver Cody Core, who was released yesterday by Cincinnati, and tackle Eric Smith, formerly with the Jets.

To create room on the roster, the Giants waived wide receiver Alonzo Russell and tackle Brian Mihalik.

The Giants open their season next Sunday in Dallas against their NFC East rivals, the Cowboys.

Core, 6-3 and 205 pounds, played in 35 games with seven starts for the Bengals from 2016-18. He caught 30 passes for 360 yards and one touchdown. Core also has eight special teams tackles (six solo).

Last season, he played in a career-high 14 games with three starts and had 13 receptions for 160 yards. Core scored his only career touchdown on a 30-yard pass from Jeff Driskel vs. Denver on Dec. 2. As a rookie in 2016, Core had career-high totals of 17 catches for 200 yards while starting four of the eight games in which he played.

Core was a sixth-round draft choice, No. 199 overall, by Cincinnati in 2016 from the University of Mississippi.

Core joins a wide receiver unit that includes Sterling Shepard, Cody Latimer, Bennie Fowler, Russell Shepard and rookie Darius Slayton but is without Golden Tate, who is serving a four-game NFL suspension.

Smith, 6-4 and 308 pounds, has no regular-season game experience. He played in each of the Jets' four preseason games in August, including a start at left tackle in the finale against Philadelphia last Thursday.

The University of Virginia product entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Miami Dolphins in 2017. He was inactive for the first three games before spending the remainder of that season before going on injured reserve with a knee injury. He was activated late that season but didn't play in a game.

Smith was waived by the Dolphins on Sept. 1, 2018 and signed to the New England Patriots' practice squad three days later. The Jets signed Smith to their active roster on Dec. 18 and cut him yesterday.

At Virginia, Smith started 45 games, including a pair of bowl games, in his final two seasons.

Russell spent the entire 2018 season on the Giants' practice squad before he was signed to the active roster for the final game. He played against Dallas on Dec. 30 but did not catch a pass. This preseason, he caught six passes for 131 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winning 14-yarder as time expired Thursday night at New England.

Mihalik joined the Giants' practice squad on Sept. 13, 2018 and was signed to the active roster on Oct. 9. He played in five games as a reserve lineman and on special teams.

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