EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Giants today added experience in their secondary when they signed safety Jarrod Wilson, a seven-year veteran.
In a corresponding move, cornerback Jarren Williams (hamstring) was waived/injured.
Wilson, 28, is a 6-1, 209-pounder who played his first five years for the Jacksonville Jaguars and split the 2021 season between the Jets and San Francisco 49ers. He has played in 84 regular-season games with 33 starts and played in four postseason games, including three for the Jaguars in 2017, when they advanced to the AFC Championship Game.
Wilson's career totals include 176 tackles (126 solo), 12 tackles for loss, three interceptions, nine passes defensed, 1.0 sack, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. In the playoffs, he has two passes defensed.
Wilson joined the Jaguars out of the University of Michigan as an undrafted rookie in 2016. He played in all 16 games that year. In 2019, Wilson started all 16 games, including 14 at free safety. He recorded career-high totals of 73 tackles (52 solo) and two interceptions.
Jacksonville released Wilson at the end of training camp last year. The Jets signed him to their practice squad a week later. He played in five games, starting three at safety, before the Jets released him on Dec. 7.
Wilson was signed two days later to the practice squad of the 49ers, for whom he played in four regular-season games and one playoff game.
Williams played in six games with two starts for the Giants in 2021. He had 16 tackles (13 solo), one pass defensed and two special teams tackles. Williams played in two games as a rookie in 2020.
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*Center Jon Feliciano missed his third consecutive practice because of heat and hydration issues.
"(He's a) day or two away," coach Brian Daboll said. "But he'll be here this week. He's working through some things. So, he'll be hopefully tomorrow. But maybe the next day."
*In Feliciano's absence, Jamil Douglas and Shane Lemieux have split the first-team reps at center. Lemieux is currently the starting left guard, where he started 52 consecutive games at the University of Oregon. He has never before played center.
"I'm learning on the move because yesterday they kind of just threw me out there," Lemieux said. "They said like, 'Show us.' The coaches didn't want me to have to think about it. They wanted to see if I could go out there and perform, and I've been doing center-quarterback exchange for the last couple weeks now, so I've been getting some snaps under my belt. But it's a lot different looking through the eyes of center when you're out there.
"In the meeting rooms, I can tell you exactly how to block something up and all that. But when you're on the field, you have to look at the defenses. You have to get everyone set. You have to worry about the snap count. And most importantly, you have to worry about the snap getting back there. So, it's a whole different mental gymnastics thing. But, it's fun. It's a new challenge, and I'm enjoying it."
Daboll would prefer linemen have the ability to play more than one position.
"We want to try to create position flexibility for our front guys," he said. "And obviously with Jon out, you know with (guard) Ben (Bredeson) and Jamil, we wanted to add Lemieux inside and get (rookie Joshua) Ezeudu some work inside there with the ones against (Defensive end) Leo (Williams) and (defensive tackle) Dexter (Lawrence) and guys like that. He did a good job. We'll work with him in there today as well."
*The return of pads was a milestone for Lemieux. It was on this day last year – the first padded practice – when Lemieux injured the patellar tendon in his left knee. He started the season opener but lasted only 17 snaps. Lemieux underwent surgery and missed the remainder of the season.
He admitted he was thinking about the injury when he took the field today.
"A little bit," he said. "I just thought of how far I've come. Because from this day, I was still kind of limping around out there, and I was still trying to play last year. And then this year, it's just like I put in so much work. My knee is feeling so good. I'm happy with the work I put in and all the help I've gotten here.
"I feel like today was the first day that I really got to test the new knee out. And it's been good. Held up really well."
*Tight end Ricky Seals-Jones and rookie safety Dane Belton did not practice. Belton was on the field observing, but his left arm was in a sling.
The Giants put on the pads for the first time this season as training camp ramps up.