EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The Giants today rectified an imbalance along their front lines when they signed offensive lineman Evan Brown off their practice squad and waived defensive lineman Olsen Pierre.
Brown will be in uniform tomorrow when the Giants face the Jets in MetLife Stadium.
The Giants will likely take the field without two offensive line starters. Center Jon Halapio (hamstring) has been declared out and right tackle Mike Remmers (back) is doubtful. They will be replaced by the team’s top reserves, with Spencer Pulley playing center and Nick Gates making his first NFL start in place of Remmers. Without Brown, the only reserve linemen would have been Chad Slade and Eric Smith, both of whom were inactive each of the first nine games.
Brown, 6-2 and 3-5 pounds, joined the Giants as a rookie free agent on May 10, 2018, from SMU. He spent the entire 2018 season on the active roster but did not appear in a regular-season game. Brown was in uniform but did not play in three games and was inactive for 13. This year, he was waived on Aug. 31 and signed to the practice squad the following day.
Brown started all 47 games in which he played in college, contributing at both right guard and center (where he started every game as a senior in 2017).
While the Giants faced a shortage of offensive lineman, they’ve had a relative surplus on the defensive front since acquiring tackle Leonard Williams in a trade with the Jets on Oct. 29. The group includes Dexter Lawrence, Dalvin Tomlinson, B.J. Hill and RJ McIntosh, who was inactive for the first time on Monday night against Dallas.
Pierre played as a reserve lineman in every game this season and contributed eight tackles (seven solo), including 2.0 sacks. He played just nine snaps last week vs. the Cowboys.
Pierre signed with the Giants as a free agent on March 15 after playing two years for the Arizona Cardinals.
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