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Giants sign former Ravens DT Justin Ellis

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The New York Giants signed veteran defensive tackle Justin Ellis, formerly of the Baltimore Ravens.

Here are five things you need to know:

1. Ellis, 6-2 and 350 pounds, has played in 100 regular-season games with 50 starts for the Raiders (2014-18) and Ravens (2019-21). His career numbers include 148 tackles, four quarterback hits, and six tackles for loss.

2. He has also appeared in three postseason games, including two in Baltimore under defensive coordinator Don "Wink" Martindale, who now runs the Giants' defense.

3. Ellis also reunites with outside linebacker Jihad Ward, a former teammate in Baltimore. Ward played 21 games for Martindale, who is known for his frequent and creative blitzes.

"Basically, just coming in with that aggression," Ward said of Martindale in his introductory press conference earlier this week. "Just strong and really the aggression is just some blitzes and stuff. You don't know when we're going to come. That's his type of style. That's his type of deal. We're going to come at you. With Wink and him coaching me, he's a great coach.

"I want to go somewhere where they're going to make me feel loose and Wink is one of those coaches where basically he's going to make me extend my career being the best that I can be. Wink is one of the coaches that did a hell of a job with me when I was a Raven, so I'm here now and ready to win some games."

4. The Raiders originally selected Ellis in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He was named to the Pro Football Writers of America and Sports Illustrated All-Rookie teams after playing in all 16 games that season with 14 starts.

5. Ellis played in 37 games (25 starts) at Louisiana Tech from 2010-13, with 14 starts coming at defensive tackle and 11 at nose guard. He totaled 102 tackles (37 solo) was named All-Conference USA honorable mention as a senior.

View photos of new defensive tackle Justin Ellis.

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