EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Last Saturday, the Giants signed two veterans – linebacker Todd Davis and center Joe Looney – who played in a combined 107 NFL games in 15 seasons. Four days later, they have both retired.
Looney today informed the Giants of his decision to end his career, one day after Davis made the same choice.
Coach Joe Judge had expressed excitement about adding players with experience who could improve the team's depth. Looney, who played four years in Dallas under Jason Garrett, now the Giants' offensive coordinator, said Monday, "I love playing football. Football, I grew up with it, man. My family loves it. It's great to be here."
According to reports, after three practices, Looney determined his body was not responding to his standards and he decided to retire.
*The Giants announced they have signed wide receiver Andy Jones and tight end Tommy Stevens.
Jones, 6-1 and 217 pounds, was released by the San Francisco 49ers on July 27. He played 11 games for Houston and Detroit in 2017-18. In the second of those seasons, Jones played in eight games with three starts and caught his career total of 11 passes for 80 yards and one touchdown, a four-yarder from Matthew Stafford at Buffalo on Dec. 16.
Jones entered the NFL as a rookie free agent with Dallas in 2016. He has also spent time with the Texans, Lions, Dolphins and 49ers.
At Jacksonville University, Jones played in 41 games and had 144 receptions for 2,120 yards (14.7-yard avg.) and 17 touchdowns.
View photos of new Giants wide receiver Andy Jones.
Stevens, 6-5 and 235 pounds, played quarterback at Mississippi State in 2019 after playing his first three seasons at Penn State. He played quarterback, running back and wide receiver for the Nittany Lions.
Stevens was selected in the seventh round of the 2020 NFL Draft, No. 240 overall, by the New Orleans Saints, who converted him to tight end. He was waived on Sept. 5, signed to the Saints' practice squad the following day and released on Nov. 10.
Ten days later, Stevens was signed to the Carolina Panthers' practice squad. The Panthers moved hm back to quarterback. Stevens played five snaps in the season finale vs. New Orleans on Jan. 3 and rushed for 24 yards on four carries. Carolina signed him to a reserve/futures contract on Jan. 2 and waived him on June 1.
In his four collegiate seasons, Stevens played in 32 games with nine starts (all at Mississippi State) and completed 121 of 202 passes for 1,459 yards, 15 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He also rushed for 887 yards and 12 touchdowns on 159 carries and caught 14 passes for 62 yards and two scores.
*Running back Mike Weber, who was signed by the Giants on July 22, was placed on injured reserve with a hip flexor.
View photos of new Giants tight end Tommy Stevens.