EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The initial version of the Giants' 53-man roster remained intact less than 24 hours before they made their first revisions.
The Giants today were awarded four players, including three defensive backs, off waivers and created room for them by terminating the contracts of four vested veterans.
The newcomers are defensive backs Nick McCloud (Buffalo), Justin Layne (Pittsburgh) and Jason Pinnock (Jets), as well as offensive lineman Jack Anderson (Philadelphia). All four players were released yesterday by the teams noted above, with whom they had spent training camp.
Those who were not with the Giants today are linebacker Austin Calitro, center Max Garcia, tight end Tanner Hudson and defensive end Nick Williams.
View photos of the New York Giants' 2022 roster as it currently stands.
McCloud, a 6-0 and 193-pound cornerback, was twice with Giants coach Brian Daboll and general manager Joe Schoen in Buffalo in 2021. He signed with the Bills as a rookie free agent on May 13 and was waived on Aug. 31. McCloud was awarded to the Cincinnati Bengals and played in two games – Sept. 30 vs. Jacksonville and Oct. 17 at Detroit – before he was waived on Nov. 4. Four days later, he joined Buffalo's practice squad, where he spent the remainder of the season.
In the Bills' preseason, McCloud had seven tackles (five solo) on defense and one on special teams.
McCloud played four seasons at North Carolina State before concluding his collegiate career at Notre Dame in 2020. In five years, he played in 49 games and was credited with 139 tackles (94 solo) and 39 passes defensed. McCloud intercepted four passes and recovered three fumbles.
View photos of new Giants defensive back Nick McLoud.
Layne, 6-2 and 192 pounds, is a corner who joined the Steelers as a third-round draft choice in 2019, the 83rd overall selection. He played in 43 regular-season and two postseason games for the Steelers from 2019-21. Layne recorded 14 tackles (10 solo) and recovered one fumble. He had one of Pittsburgh's two interceptions and five solo tackles in the preseason.
Layne played in 34 games with 26 starts in four seasons at Michigan State, where he collected 130 tackles (79 solo), 4.5 stops for loss, three interceptions (including one he returned 43 yards for a touchdown), 24 passes defensed and one forced fumble.
View photos of new Giants defensive back Justin Layne.
Pinnock, a 6-0, 200-pound safety, was a 2021 fifth-round draft choice by the Jets, No. 175 overall. As a rookie, he played in 12 games with two starts and registered 13 tackles (eight solo), one pass defensed and one forced fumble. In the preseason, Pinnock had two solo tackles, including one against the Giants on Sunday.
At the University of Pittsburgh, Pinnock played in 43 games in four seasons and tallied 54 tackles (46 solo), six interceptions, including a team-high three as a senior, 19 passes defensed and one fumble recovery.
View photos of defensive back Jason Pinnock.
Anderson, 6-4 and 314 pounds, was a seventh-round draft choice (No. 236 overall) by Buffalo in 2021. He was waived on Aug. 31 and signed to the Bills practice squad the next day. Three weeks later, he was signed by the Eagles to their active roster. He played in two games as a rookie, including his NFL debut vs. the Giants on Dec. 26 and a start at right guard in the regular-season finale vs. Dallas on Jan. 8.
Anderson, 6-4 and 314 pounds, was a seventh-round draft choice (No. 236 overall) by the Bills in 2021. He was released at the end of training camp and joined Buffalo's practice squad until the Eagles signed him on Sept. 21. Anderson played in two games as a rookie, including his NFL debut vs. the Giants on Dec. 26 and a start at right guard in the regular-season finale vs. Dallas on Jan. 8.
View photos of new Giants offensive lineman Jack Anderson.
*The Giants also announced 15 members of their practice Squad, one less than the NFL maximum. All of them were in training camp with the team: quarterback Davis Webb; running back Jashaun Corbin; wide receivers C.J. Board and Jaylon Moore; tight end Austin Allen; offensive linemen Garrett McGhin, Will Holden and Roy Mbaeteka; defensive end Ryder Anderson; linebacker Quincy Roche; and defensive backs Darren Evans, Zyon Gilbert, Nate Meadors, Trenton Thompson and Harrison Hand.
View photos of the Giants practice squad for the 2022 season.