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Giants claim WR Matt Cole off waivers; WR Andy Jones waived

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The Giants' preseason roster continues to churn.

The team today announced a switch in wide receivers, with Matt Cole joining the Giants off waivers and Andy Jones departing via waivers.

Cole was released yesterday by the Jets, who had claimed him on May 5 after he was cut by the San Francisco 49ers.

The 5-10, 197-pound Cole made his NFL debut played in the 49ers' season finale vs. Seattle on Jan. 3. He played 16 snaps on special teams and made two tackles (one solo).

Cole entered the NFL as a rookie free agent with the Miami Dolphins, from McKendree University, a Division II school in Lebanon, Ill. He was waived at the end of training camp and spent most of the season on the Dolphins' practice squad until joining San Francisco's active roster on Dec. 24. The 49ers released him on May 4.

Cole was a versatile player at McKendree. He played in 42 games with 26 starts and finished with 93 receptions for a school-record 1,618 yards (17.4-yard avg.) and 17 TDs. Cole added 48 rushing attempts for 314 yards (6.5-yard avg.) and one touchdown, 46 kickoff returns for 1,400 yards (30.04-yard avg.) and three touchdowns, and 16 punt returns for 251 yards (15.7-yard avg.) and one score. He was also credited with 61 special teams tackles.

Jones was signed by the Giants as a free agent last Wednesday.

View photos of the New York Giants' active 53-man roster as it currently stands heading into Week 1.

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