EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The Giants' depth at tight end was reduced by one today when the team announced veteran Kelvin Benjamin has been released.
Soon after taking the field for this morning's opening training camp practice, Benjamin met with general manager Dave Gettleman and coach Joe Judge. Benjamin returned to the locker room immediately after the conversation.
Benjamin was signed by the Giants on May 16. He was attempting a comeback by switching from wide receiver to tight end after sitting out the 2019 and 2020 NFL seasons.
In 2014, Benjamin was selected in the first round of the NFL Draft by Gettleman, then the Carolina Panthers' general manager. In five seasons with the Panthers, Buffalo Bills and Kansas City, Benjamin played in 61 regular-season games with 52 starts and caught 209 passes for 3,021 yards (14.5-yard avg.) and 20 touchdowns. He also played in three postseason games with two starts and had 12 receptions for 112 yards and two scores.
Seven tight ends remain on the Giants' roster: 2020 Pro Bowler Evan Engram, veteran Kyle Rudolph (who is on the physically unable to perform/active list), Kaden Smith, Levine Toilolo, Cole Hikutini, Nakia Griffin-Stewart and Rysen John, who was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list this afternoon.
John joins linebacker Blake Martinez and defensive back Joshua Kalu on the list.
View photos of the New York Giants' active 53-man roster as it currently stands heading into Week 1.