EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Giants made a pair of roster moves today, adding running back Jhurell Pressley and linebacker Warren Long. To create space for them, they waived/injured linebacker Thurston Armbrister, who had been sidelined with a hamstring injury, and waived safety Mike Basile.
Pressley 5-10 and 205 pounds, has not played in a regular-season game. He entered the NFL as a rookie free agent with the Minnesota Vikings in 2016, when Shurmur was on the coaching staff. Pressley was waived at the end of training camp and signed with Green Bay. He was on the Atlanta Falcons’ practice squad from Oct. 25, 2016 to the end of the season.
In 2017, Pressley did brief stints on the practice squads of the Falcons and Jacksonville Jaguars. He had seven carries for 11 yards in the preseason for Atlanta.
“I was with him before, good runner, fast, tough guy,” Shurmur said. “We brought him in, he’s got some familiarity with what we do offensively, and we’ll get him in the mix.”
Pressley played 50 games at the University of New Mexico from 2012-15, when he rushed for 2,275 yards on 394 carries (6.9-yard avg.) and scored 35 touchdowns. He also caught 18 passes for 202 yards and one score.
The Giants currently have two running backs not practicing in Saquon Barkley (hamstring) and Jalen Simmons (concussion).
Long, 5-11 and 212 pounds, joined the Seattle Seahawks on May 4 as an undrafted rookie from Northwestern. He was waived on Aug. 11. Long had two solo tackles in Seattle’s preseason opener vs. Indianapolis.
Long was a running back his first three seasons (2013-15) at Northwestern. He was injured on his first carry in 2016, and missed the rest of the season. The following offseason, he became a linebacker. Playing primarily as a backup and special teamer, Long had 21 tackles (14 solo), three tackles for losses and 1.0 sack.
Armbrister signed with the Giants on Jan. 9. He last played in 2016, for Detroit.
Basile a rookie from Monmouth University, was signed by the Giants on Aug. 8.