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Giants add 4 to defense in series of roster moves


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The Giants' roster very much remains a work in progress, a fact demonstrated this morning when the team added four defensive players with NFL experience among a series of transactions.

The newcomers are defensive end Jalyn Holmes, safety Henry Black and cornerbacks Maurice Canady and Khalil Dorsey.

Canady and Dorsey previously played for defensive coordinator Wink Martindale in Baltimore, and Holmes was with defensive line coach Andre Patterson in Minnesota.

In corresponding moves, the Giants terminated the contract of linebacker Trent Harris, waived quarterback Brian Lewerke and defensive end Raymond Johnson III and waived/injured defensive back Jordan Mosley.

View photos of every move made by the Giants during the 2022 offseason.

Holmes, 6-5 and 283 pounds, spent the 2021 season with the New Orleans Saints after playing his first three seasons for the Vikings. A fourth-round draft choice in 2018, he has played in 33 regular-season games with 10 starts and played in two postseason games for the 2019 Vikings. Holmes' career totals include 61 tackles (30 solo), 1.0 sack and six tackles for loss.

In 2021, he played in eight games with one start for the Saints and was credited with 14 tackles (seven solo). The previous season, he had career-high totals of 14 games played, nine starts and 26 tackles (16 solo).

Holmes was two-time honorable mention All-Big Ten selection at Ohio State.

Black, 6-0 and 204 pounds, joined the Green Bay Packers as a rookie free agent in 2020 and played in 25 regular-season games and three postseason games the last two seasons. He had 27 tackles (20 solo) and one interception, two passes defensed and two forced fumbles, plus one stop in the playoffs. In 2021, he played in all 18 games and tallied 25 tackles (18 solo), including one in the postseason.

In four seasons at Baylor, Black had 119 tackles, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and 2.0 sacks.

Canady, 6-1 and 200 pounds, entered the NFL as a 2016 sixth-round draft choice by Baltimore, where he played his first three-plus seasons. In five years with the Ravens, Jets and Dallas Cowboys, he has played in 40 regular-season games with five starts and in one postseason game. Canady has recorded 71 tackles (58 solo), one interception, six passes defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. In 2021, Canady played in eight games for the Cowboys and registered five tackles (four solo).

At the University of Virginia, Canady played in 44 games with 34 starts and finished his career with 148 tackles (102 solo), five interceptions, 29 passes defensed, 2.0 sacks and four forced fumbles.

Dorsey, 5-9 and 181 pounds, played in six games for the 2020 Ravens after joining the team as an undrafted rookie from Northern Arizona. He was credited with one solo tackle, plus one special teams tackle. He spent the final eight weeks of his rookie year and all of last season on injured reserve with a shoulder injury.

Dorsey played in 44 games with 40 starts at Northern Arizona and made 197 tackles (139 solo), 8.5 tackles for loss, eight interceptions, 41 passes defensed and 1.0 sack.

In two seasons with the Giants, Harris played in eight games with two starts and had seven tackles (two solo).

Johnson made the 2021 roster as a rookie free agent from Georgia Southern and played in 15 games. He totaled four tackles (three solo), 1.0 sack, one quarterback hit and one tackle for loss.

Lewerke joined the Giants on Aug. 16, 2021 and spent most of the season on the practice squad. He was active as the backup quarterback for the season finale vs. Washington but did not play. In a preseason game in Cleveland, Lewerke completed 11 of 19 passes for 108 yards, one touchdown and one interception. His departure leaves the Giants with three quarterbacks – Daniel Jones, Tyrod Taylor and Davis Webb.

Mosley was signed last Saturday after attending the rookie minicamp as a tryout.

Catch up on all the action with photos from OTA No. 2 at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.


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