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Giants sign tight end Scott Simonson

Carolina Panthers tight end Scott Simonson (80) tries to get away from Pittsburgh Steelers inside linebacker Terence Garvin (57) after making a catch in the third quarter of an NFL football preseason game against the Carolina Panthers, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015 in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Don Wright)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Before taking the field for their first minicamp practice, the Giants today added a sixth tight end to their roster when they signed veteran Scott Simonson.

Simonson, 6-5 and 255 pounds, has played in 18 regular-season games with one start for both Oakland and Carolina. He has also played in three postseason games, including Super Bowl 50.

Simonson spent the entire 2017 season on the Panthers' injured reserve list with a back injury.

He entered the NFL as a rookie free agent with the Raiders in 2014 and played four games that season. The following year, he played in nine games for the Panthers and had his only career reception, a 10-yarder, vs. Atlanta on Dec. 13. Simonson also played in all three of the Panthers' postseason games. In 2016, Simonson played in five games and made his first career start at Denver in Sept. 8.

Simonson is a native of Red Bank, N.J. who played at Middletown High School. At Assumption College, he played in 36 games with 31 starts and had 104 receptions for 1,537 yards and 15 touchdowns.

Simonson joins Evan Engram, Rhett Ellison, Jerell Adams, Kyle Carter, Garrett Dickerson and Ryan O'Malley on the Giants' current roster.

To make room for Simonson, rookie defensive back Aaron Davis was waived injured.