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Giants sign DB Elijah Riley; RB Gary Brightwell waived/injured


The New York Giants today signed veteran defensive back Elijah Riley, who was a free agent after spending the past two seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers. In a corresponding move, the Giants waived/injured running back Gary Brightwell.

Riley, 6-0 and 205 pounds, has made seven starts in 30 career games for the Eagles (2020-21), Jets (2021), and Steelers (2022-23). He played a career-high 13 games last season with Pittsburgh, lining up for 50 snaps on defense and 216 on special teams.

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A native of Port Jefferson, N.Y., Riley played in 44 games (32 starts) in his four-year career at Army (2016-19). He was one of 14 semifinalists for the 2019 Jim Thorpe Award, which is given to a defensive back and is based on performance on the field, athletic ability, and character. In June 2019, a new policy was created to allow athletes from the service academies to defer their service while they pursue pro careers.

Brightwell, a sixth-round pick by the Giants in 2021, appeared in 37 games over his first three seasons as a running back and kickoff returner.

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