Photos of South Carolina DT Kelcy Quarles who was an undrafted free agent signing
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The Giants today made a series of post-draft roster moves, releasing four players and signing five rookie free agents, all of them defensive players.
The Giants also waived three players: linebacker Allen Bradford, cornerback Junior Mertile and punter Jordan Gay. Bradford was claimed off waivers last Sept. 12 and played in 10 games for the Giants. He had five special teams tackles. Mertile was in training camp with the Giants last summer and was signed to a reserve/future contract on Dec. 30.
The free agents signed by the Giants are defensive tackles Kelcy Quarles of South Carolina and Eathyn Manumaleuna of BYU, end Kerry Wynn of Richmond, linebacker Justin Anderson of Louisiana-Lafayette and safety Thomas Gordon of Michigan.
Quarles, 6-3 and 297 pounds, played in 35 games with 28 starts in three seasons at South Carolina. His career totals include 105 tackles (66 solo) with 13.0 sacks for minus-111 yards, 23.5 stops for losses of 147 yards and eight quarterback pressures. In 2013, he played in 11 games and led the Gamecocks with 9.5 sacks – 6.5 more than teammate Jadeveon Clowney, the first overall selection in the draft. He had 39 tackles (27 solo) and was a unanimous first-team All-Southeastern Conference choice. Quarles attended Greenwood (S.C.) High School, where he earned second-team all-state honors.
Manumaleuna, 6-2 and 305 pounds, played in a BYU-record 54 games in his career. He played both nose tackle and defensive end and started every game at nose tackle as a true freshman in 2007. He did not play in 2008-09 while on a mission. Manumaleuna finished his career with 144 tackles, 17 for losses and 6.5 sacks. He played in four games in 2012 before suffering a knee injury and was granted a medical redshirt year and returned in 2013 to start all 13 games. He recorded 48 tackles (23 solo), including 7.0 for losses and a sack, as a senior.
Wynn, 6-5 and 270 pounds, played in 32 games with 30 starts at Richmond. His career totals include 145 tackles, 22.5 tackles for losses and 12.5 sacks. In 2013, Wynn started all 10 games in which he played and finished with 56 tackles, 5.5 tackles for losses and 2.5 sacks. He was named to the Colonial Athletic Association's third team. Wynn starred at Louis County High School in Virginia.
Anderson, 6-2 and 232 pounds, recorded 294 tackles (166 solo) and 3.5 sacks during his four-year tenure at Louisiana-Lafayette. He led the Ragin' Cajuns in tackles each of the last two years, with 98 as a junior and 132 in his senior season. He was also second on the team in tackles for loss with 11 and had one interception, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
Gordon, 5-11 and 210 pounds, played in 46 games with 38 starts at Michigan. The four-time letterman was credited with 220 tackles (128 solo), three sacks, six interceptions and six pass defenses. In 2013, he played in 11 games and had 49 tackles (28 solo) and a career-high three interceptions. He played at Cass Technical High School in Detroit.
Photos of Michigan Safety Thomas Gordon who signed with the Giants as an undrafted free agent