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Giants sign DE Stansly Maponga

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The Giants today signed defensive end Stansly Maponga off the Atlanta Falcons' practice squad.


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The 6-foot-2, 265-pound TCU product was originally a fifth-round draft pick (153rd overall) by Atlanta in 2013. Maponga played in 24 career games with the Falcons -- 12 each in 2013 and 2014 -- before being waived by the Falcons prior to the start of the 2015 season.

In his career, Maponga has recorded eight tackles and a sack, which was a for an 11-yard loss against Tampa Bay in Week 3 of last season. He also recovered two fumbles in 2014.

As a defensive end, Maponga started 34 of 36 career games at TCU, recording 113 total tackles (63 solo) with 23 tackles for loss, 15.5 sacks, eight forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, and four passes defensed. As a senior in 2012, he was selected to the All-Big 12 first team. That came a year after he helped lead the Horned Frogs to the 2011 Rose Bowl.

Maponga was born in Zimbabwe and grew up playing rugby until coming to the United States as a 9-year-old.

After moving to Carrollton, Texas, he became the District 6-5A Defensive Player of the Year as a senior at Hebron High School.

The Giants had an opening on the roster after waiving third-year defensive end Damontre Moore on Friday.

"We made the move today in the interest of both parties," Giants general manager Jerry Reese said yesterday of Moore's release.

The Giants travel to Miami on Sunday leading up to their game on Monday night against the Dolphins. 

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