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Giants sign WR Marcus Johnson off practice squad


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The Giants today made a series of transactions affecting both their active roster and practice squad.

Wide receiver Marcus Johnson was signed to the roster off the practice squad. He had been elevated from the squad for each of the last three games, the maximum number of times that move can be made with one player.

The Giants had two open roster spots after rookie defensive lineman D.J. Davidson and defensive back Tony Jefferson were placed on injured reserve last week.

The Giants also signed veteran tackle Korey Cunningham and tight end Lawrence Cager to their practice squad and released tight end Austin Allen from the squad.

Johnson, 6-1 and 204 pounds, started each of the last two games, when he caught his season total of five passes for 60 yards.

Johnson joined the practice squad on Sept. 6, one week after he was cut by the San Francisco 49ers. He previously played for Philadelphia, Indianapolis and Tennessee. Johnson's career totals include 56 receptions for 899 yards and three touchdowns. He also has a 19.6-yard average on 11 kickoff returns.

Cunningham was released by the Giants on July 22 with a non-football injury. In 2021, he played in 12 games as a reserve lineman (113 snaps) and on special teams (34). He had a season-high 67 snaps at right tackle at Philadelphia after starter Matt Peart suffered a first-quarter knee injury.

Cunningham has also played for Arizona and New England.

Cager, 6-5 and 220 pounds, was released by the Jets on Saturday. In his only action this season, he started the season opener against Baltimore but did not catch a pass.

Cager entered the NFL as a rookie free agent with the Jets in 2020. That season, he played in two games with one start and had his only two career receptions, for 35 yards. Cager played one game for the Cleveland Browns in 2021.

Cager played three seasons at the University of Miami before transferring to Georgia in 2019, when he was teammates with current Giants players Tae Crowder, Solomon Kindley, Azeez Ojulari and Andrew Thomas. In 43 collegiate games, Cager caught 78 passes for 1,157 yards and 14 touchdowns.

Allen was signed as an undrafted free agent on May 16. He was waived on Aug. 30 and signed the next day to the practice squad, where he spent the season's first six weeks.


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