EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The Giants today exchanged a defensive lineman sidelined by injury for a defensive back they released two months ago.
Tackle Kristjan Sokoli was placed on injured reserve after suffering a torn ACL in the Giants’ 20-10 preseason-opening loss to the Cleveland Browns on Thursday night.
Sokoli spent the final week of the 2017 season on the team’s practice squad, and signed to a reserve/futures contract on Jan. 1.
The Giants filled the roster opening by re-signing defensive back Mike Jones, a rookie free agent from Temple who was with them from May 14 to June 6.
Jones, 5-9 and 187 pounds, played as a graduate transfer for Temple in 2017 and started every game at cornerback. He recorded 44 tackles (36 solo), one interception and seven passes defensed.
Prior to his season with the Owls, Jones played four years at North Carolina Central and earned All-MEAC first team honors in 2016 and 2014. As a redshirt junior in 2016, he started in all 12 games and tallied 34 tackles (20 solo), two interceptions and three passes defensed.