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Giants Now: Roundup of team's roster moves


2020 Giants Roster (as of 9 p.m., Sept. 6)

Offense (24)

QB (2): Daniel Jones, Colt McCoy

RB (4): Saquon Barkley, Dion Lewis, Wayne Gallman, Eli Penny

WR (5): Sterling Shepard, Golden Tate, Darius Slayton, C.J. Board, Damion Ratley

TE (4): Evan Engram, Kaden Smith, Levine Toilolo, Eric Tomlinson

OL (9): Will Hernandez, Kevin Zeitler, Spencer Pulley, Andrew Thomas, Cameron Fleming, Nick Gates, Shane Lemieux, Matt Peart, Jackson Barton

Defense (26)

DL (6): Dalvin Tomlinson, Dexter Lawrence, Leonard Williams, B.J. Hill, RJ McIntosh, Austin Johnson

OLB (6): Lorenzo Carter, Markus Golden, Oshane Ximines, Kyler Fackrell, Cam Brown, Carter Coughlin

ILB (4): Blake Martinez, Devante Downs, TJ Brunson, Tae Crowder

DB (10): James Bradberry, Logan Ryan, Corey Ballentine, Jabrill Peppers, Julian Love, Darnay Holmes, Isaac Yiadom, Nate Ebner, Adrian Colbert, Brandon Williams

Special Teams (3)

K: Graham Gano

P: Riley Dixon

S: Casey Kreiter

View photos of the Giants' active roster as it currently stands.

Giants claim 3 players as roster-building continues

The Giants continued building their regular-season roster, adding three players via waivers yesterday.

The newcomers awarded to the team off waivers were defensive back Adrian Colbert and tackle Jackson Barton, both from the Kansas City Chiefs, and wide receiver Damion Ratley, from the Cleveland Browns.

To make room on the roster, the Giants released wide receiver Corey Coleman and offensive lineman Chad Slade and waived safety Sean Chandler.

Ratley, 6-2 and 200 pounds, played in 13 games with three starts in each of his first two NFL seasons. He joined the Browns as a sixth-round draft choice (No. 175 overall) out of Texas A&M in 2018.

In his two years in Cleveland, Ratley caught 25 passes for 344 yards, the longest a 46-yarder at Cincinnati last Dec. 29 that accounted for his only NFL touchdown. He finished the 2019 season with 12 receptions for 200 yards, a 16.7-yard average.

Colbert, 6-2 and 205 pounds, has played in 27 NFL games with 17 starts – 21 games with 12 starts for the San Francisco 49ers in 2017-18 and six games with five starts last year with the Miami Dolphins. His defensive coordinator in Miami was Patrick Graham, who now holds the same position with the Giants.

Colbert's career totals include 72 tackles (58 solo), eight passes defensed, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.

He entered the NFL as the 49ers' seventh-round draft choice in 2017 (No. 229 overall) from the University of Miami. Colbert spent about two months of the 2019 season on the Seattle Seahawks' practice squad.

Barton, 6-7 and 302 pounds, has not played in an NFL regular-season game. He was a seventh-round (240th pick overall) draft choice out of the University of Utah by the Indianapolis Colts in 2019. He was released at the end of training camp, and signed on Sept. 1 to the Colts' practice squad, where he stayed until the Chiefs signed him to their active roster on Nov. 11. Barton was inactive for Kansas City's final six regular season and three postseason games, including the Chiefs' victory against San Francisco in Super Bowl LIV.

S Xavier McKinney, LB David Mayo placed on IR

The Giants completed a busy day – and weekend – of transactions late yesterday afternoon when they placed linebacker David Mayo and rookie safety Xavier McKinney on injured reserve and added two more players to their 53-man roster.

Both players recently underwent surgery, Mayo for a torn meniscus in his left knee and McKinney for a fractured left foot.

They will be eligible to return after missing at least three games.

Mayo and McKinney were replaced on the roster by tight end Eric Tomlinson and defensive back Brandon Williams, both of whom were waived Saturday.

Mayo is beginning his second season with the Giants. He joined the Giants six days prior to 2019 season and played in all 16 games, including starts in each of the last 13 contests. He tied for second on the team with a career-best 80 tackles (50 solo), including his first two career sacks.

The Giants' second-round selection in the 2020 NFL Draft - 36th overall – McKinney was a first-team All-SEC standout last season for Alabama. When he was injured two weeks ago, he was competing to open the season as the starting safety alongside Jabrill Peppers.

Tomlinson was with the Giants from Sept. 1-24 last year, when he played in eight games with three starts for three teams – three games with no starts for the Giants, two games with two starts for New England – where Joe Judge was the special teams coordinator and wide receivers coach - and three games with one start for Oakland. He had one reception for one yard for the Patriots at the Jets on Oct. 21.

In his three active seasons in Arizona, Williams played in 45 games with three starts. He made each of his starts as a rookie – when he appeared in 13 games – and played in all 16 games in both 2017 and 2018. His career totals are 26 tackles (20 solo) on defense and 11 stops (seven solo) on special teams. He also returned 10 kickoffs for 192 yards, with a long runback of 29 yards.

Last year, Williams was placed on the reserve/physically unable to perform list early in training camp after undergoing offseason back surgery. Williams was activated during camp, but hurt his shoulder and spent the entire season on injured reserve.

Giants sign 14 to practice squad; 2 spots open

Five wide receivers were among the 14 players the Giants signed to their practice squad yesterday. All but one of the players – kicker Ryan Santoso – was waived by the team yesterday or Saturday.

The 13 practice squaders who were with the Giants in training camp are quarterback Cooper Rush; wide receivers Johnny Holton, Alex Bachman, Derrick Dillon, Austin Mack, and Binjimen Victor; offensive linemen Tyler Haycraft, Kyle Murphy and Chad Slade; defensive lineman Niko Lalos; defensive backs Chris Williamson and Jarren Williams; and long snapper Carson Tinker.

In addition, running back Sandro Platzgummer is on the practice squad, but the Giants receive an exemption for him because they were one of four teams chosen to carry an additional overseas player on their practice squad in 2020 as part of the NFL's International Player Pathway Program. Platzgummer is ineligible to join the active roster this season.

The Giants have two open slots remaining on their practice squad.

View photos of every member of the Giants' practice squad.


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