EAST RUTHERFORD - The Giants today signed two players who attended their rookie minicamp on a tryout basis and waived one they had signed.
Added to the roster were linebacker Micah Johnson of Kentucky and quarterback Riley Skinner of Wake Forest. Another quarterback, Dominic Randolph of Holy Cross, was waived.
In four years at Kentucky, Johnson, 6-1 and 262 pounds, played in 49 games with 25 starts and registered 285 tackles (161 solo), 3.5 sacks and 23.5 stops for losses of 54 yards. He intercepted two passes, returning one for a touchdown, and deflected nine throws. Johnson forced three fumbles and recovered another. He also rushed for a touchdown in 2006.
Last season, Johnson was a second-team All-SEC selection by the league's coaches. Despite playing much of the season with a strained MCL – an injury he aggravated late in the Music City Bowl vs. Clemson – Johnson led the team and was fifth in the Southeastern Conference with 105 tackles (51 solo), a sack and 6.5 stops for losses of 15 yards.
In his final two years at Fort Campbell High School in Kentucky, Johnson rushed for 2,543 yards and 46 touchdowns and tallied 293 tackles. He was born on June 22, 1988.
Skinner, 6 feet and 210 pounds, started 49 of the 50 games he played at Wake Forest and set 17 school records, including attempts (1,349), completions (903), passing yards (9,762), completion percentage (.669), touchdown passes (60) and passing efficiency (136.9). He is the winningest quarterback in school history with 31 wins as a starter, Skinner holds single season Wake Forest records for completions (264), yards (3,160),
efficiency (147.81), completion percentage (.724), touchdowns (26) and total offense (3,216 yards).
In 2009, Skinner completed 264 of 400 throws (66 percent) for 3,160 yards, 26 touchdowns and 12 interceptions and received the Jim Tatum Award given to the ACC's top senior scholar-athlete in football.
Skinner was the ACC Rookie of the Year in 2006, when he assumed the starting job after Ben Mauk was hurt in the season opener. That year, he led the Demon Deacons to a victory over Georgia Tech in the ACC championship Game and a berth in the Orange Bowl.
As a high school senior, Skinner led the Bolles School in Jacksonville to a 14-0 record and a Florida 3A state championship. He was named the Northeast Florida Player of the Year. Skinner was born Oct. 21, 1986.
*The Giants announced that two of their linebackers have switched jersey numbers. Third-year pro Bryan Kehl will wear No. 55 and rookie Philip Dillard, the team's fourth-round draft choice, will wear No. 53.