The Giants made a few more roster moves on Wednesday, claiming four players off waivers from other teams.
The four players claimed are OL Jack Anderson, DB Justin Layne, DB Nick McCloud, DB Jason Pinnock.
Here are five things to know about each player.
OL Jack Anderson
- Anderson was a seventh-round pick (No. 236 overall) of the Buffalo Bills in the 2021 NFL Draft.
- He spent time on the Bills practice squad until he was signed by the Philadelphia Eagles in September, where he remained until being waived by Philadelphia during final roster cuts on Tuesday.
- Anderson played two games with the Eagles in 2021, including one start. He received a 71.0 overall grade from Pro Football Focus, including 73.1 pass block and 68.0 run block grades.
- Anderson played his collegiate ball at Texas Tech, where he was named Second-Team All-Big 12 in 2018 and First-Team All-Big 12 in 2020.
- He attended Frisco High School in Frisco, Texas, and was one of the mostly highly-rated recruits ever to sign with Texas Tech after he was named First-Team All-District for his junior and senior seasons. Nicknamed "Big Jack", Anderson favorite athlete growing up was LB Brian Urlacher.
DB Justin Layne
- Layne was originally a third-round pick (No. 83 overall) of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2019 NFL Draft.
- The 6-foot-2 defensive back has spent the last three seasons on the Steelers, where he played in 43 games and registered 41 total tackles (28 solo) and had one fumble recovery.
- Layne has not missed a single game over the last two years. Additionally, he registered 12 special teams tackles in each of the last two seasons.
- He played three years at Michigan State prior to being drafted and started 26 games. He was named Second-Team All-Big Ten by the media and the conference's coaches in 2018, and was also selected as First-Team All-Big Ten by PFF, after he recorded 15 pass breakups across 12 games.
- A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Layne attended Benedictine High School where he returned three punts for touchdowns during his senior year. In addition to football, Layne was a four-year letterman in both basketball and track and field.
DB Nick McCloud
- McCloud signed with the Buffalo Bills as an undrafted free agent in 2021.
- The 24-year-old spent the 2021 training camp with the Bills before being waived during final roster cuts. He was claimed off waivers by the Cincinnati Bengals, where he appeared in two games. After being waived by Cincinnati, McCloud signed with the Bills practice squad.
- In the two games he appeared in, McCloud played 14 defensive and 10 special teams snaps and earned an overall PFF grade of 68.6.
- McCloud began his collegiate career at NC State where he played three seasons, including his junior campaign in which he started 11 games at corner. He then transferred to Notre Dame for the 2020 season where he started 11 games and registered eight passes defensed. He went on to be selected Third-Team All-ACC.
- McCloud grew up in Rock Hill, South Carolina, where he had a relationship with former Notre Dame star and NFL player Jeff Burris, who also grew up in Rock Hill. McCloud played basketball and baseball, in addition to football, growing up. He went on to earn a degree in business administration from NC State.
DB Jason Pinnock
- Pinnock was a fifth-round pick (No. 175 overall) by the New York Jets in the 2021 NFL Draft.
- In 12 games (two starts) last season, he registered 13 tackles, one pass defensed and two forced fumbles, playing both cornerback and safety. He also added three tackles on special teams.
- Pinnock graded well for his performance in 2021. The 6-foot-0, 205-pound defensive back earned a 70.4 overall grade from PFF, which included an elite 89.5 grade on 54 run defense snaps.
- He played four years of collegiate ball at Pittsburgh, where he recorded a total of six interceptions, 19 passes defensed, one sack, 3.5 tackles for loss, one fumble recovery and one defensive touchdown.
- Pinnock contributed on all three phases in his senior season at Windsor High School in Connecticut. As a wide receiver, he ranked third in the state with 1,172 receiving yards on 59 receptions and added 12 touchdowns. On defense, he registered seven interceptions and three fumble recoveries with three defensive touchdowns. On special teams, he blocked one punt.
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Leo & Dex: From close friends to team captains
When Leonard Williams was traded to the Giants from the Jets on Oct. 28, 2019, he quickly heard from a fellow defensive lineman on his new team, rookie Dexter Lawrence.
"He reached out to me on Instagram and sent me his number, welcomed me to the team," Williams said yesterday. "He was one of the first guys on the team that I talked to, and he was one of the first guys I started talking to. And we've kept a good relationship since."
"We bonded right away," Lawrence said. "And it was big for me to have another vet in the room and somebody that I grew up watching a little bit when I was in high school. It was just cool to have him and his personality; we just linked automatically."
That is an understatement. It might be impossible to find two Giants teammates who have a tighter connection than Williams and Lawrence. They play next to each other on the defensive line. Their lockers are side-by-side. They hang out together off the field.
This week, their teammates selected them as two of the Giants' 10-man contingent of captains, the first pair of defensive linemen to be so honored since season-long captains were instituted in 2007.
"I think it's a really cool thing," Williams said. "People are always saying that we're like brothers. We're like the biggest in the building when we're walking together all the time. Even my girl (Hailey Lott) made a funny comment when I told her that me and him are both captains. She was like, 'Oh, you guys are like a package deal, huh?' And I think it's awesome because we have a great relationship and we're in the same room. We're around each other all the time."
"This is both of our first years on this team being a captain, so it just shows the respect that we earned on the team and the leadership that we've grown into," Lawrence said. "It's just an honor, honestly, to be the voice of the team and to be able to just lead – a known leader type of thing."