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Giants sign entire 2020 draft class

With veterans reporting to training camp today, the Giants have their entire 10-man 2020 draft class under contract.

The team announced yesterday that nine of those rookies signed their initial NFL contracts. The 10th player in the group, linebacker Tae Crowder, had formalized his agreement in May.

The draft choices who officially joined the team yesterday are tackle Andrew Thomas; safety Xavier McKinney; tackle Matt Peart; cornerback Darnay Holmes; offensive lineman Shane Lemieux; linebacker Cam Brown, linebacker Carter Coughlin, linebacker TJ Brunson and cornerback Chris Williamson. Crowder was the 255th and final selection in the draft.

The Giants' rookies, first-year players, injured players and quarterbacks reported on Thursday.

Here is the Giants' entire 10-person 2020 draft class.

Georgia OT Andrew Thomas, Round 1, Pick 4

Alabama S Xavier McKinney, Round 2, Pick 36

UConn OT Matt Peart, Round 3, Pick 99

UCLA CB Darnay Holmes, Round 4, Pick 110

Oregon G Shane Lemieux, Round 5, Pick 150

Penn State LB Cam Brown, Round 6, Pick 183

Minnesota LB Carter Coughlin, Round 7, Pick 218

South Carolina LB TJ Brunson, Round 7, Pick 238

Minnesota CB Chris Williamson, Round 7, Pick 247

Georgia LB Tae Crowder, Round 7, Pick 255

Get to know the Giants' 2020 draft class

OT Andrew Thomas- Thomas enjoyed a stellar three-year career at Georgia. He started all 15 games at right tackle as a true freshman, earning a selection as a Freshman All-American. In his sophomore campaign, Thomas started 13 games at left tackle and was named First-Team All-SEC and First-Team All-American. As a junior, he again started 13 games at left tackle and earned several accolades, including First-Team All-SEC, Unanimous All-American and the SEC Jacobs Blocking Trophy, awarded to the conference's top blocker.

S Xavier McKinney- A first-team All-SEC selection in 2019, the versatile McKinney led Alabama's defense with 95 tackles, including 5.5 for losses and three sacks. He led the SEC with four forced fumbles, tied for second-most in Alabama history. McKinney also had three interceptions (highlighted by an 81-yard TD return) to go with five pass breakups and five quarterback hurries.

OT Matt Peart- After redshirting at UConn in 2015, Peart started all 48 games in his four-year college career – 24 at right tackle in his first two seasons and 24 at left tackle in his final two years. In his final season, Peart was selected first-team All-American Athletic Conference. He anchored an offensive line that paved the way for two 1,000-yard rushers in 2018 and another last year.

CB Darnay Holmes- Holmes was a consistent force in UCLA's secondary for three seasons. He started 33 of 35 games over those three years and led the Bruins in interceptions each season. Holmes ended his UCLA career with a total of eight interceptions, two of which he returned for touchdowns, 17 passes defended, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and three tackles for loss. He was named All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention in both 2018 and 2019.

OL Shane Lemieux- After redshirting his first season, Lemieux went on to play 52 consecutive games at left guard for Oregon. He was selected as Second-Team All-Pac-12 in both 2018 and 2019, in addition to being selected to the AP All-American Second-Team last year.

LB Cam Brown- Brown played in 51 games with 26 starts at Penn State, including 24 starts in his final two seasons. His career totals included 199 tackles (99 solo), including 15 stops for loss, 5.0 sacks, 11 passes defensed, four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. Brown had a career-high 72 tackles (28 solo) as a senior and a career-best 41 unassisted stops in his junior season.

LB Carter Coughlin- Coughlin played in 49 games with 39 starts – including starts in each of his final 38 games at right defensive end - in 4 seasons at Minnesota. He was selected as Second-team All-Big Ten as a junior and senior. He is third in school history with 22.5 sacks and fourth with 40 tackles for loss, and also forced seven fumbles and recovered one.

LB TJ Brunson- Brunson played in 49 games, including starts in each of his last 38 contests for South Carolina. He totaled 283 tackles (164 solo), including 21.0 for loss and 6.0 sacks. Brunson also had one interception, seven passes defensed, one forced fumble and four fumble recoveries.

CB Chris Williamson- Williamson began his collegiate career at the University of Florida, where he played in 14 games in 2015-16. He transferred to Minnesota and after sitting out the 2017 season he played in 24 games for the Golden Gophers, including nine as a starter in 2019, His 2-year totals with Minnesota were 98 tackles (58 solo), 7.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, two interceptions, nine passes defensed and one forced fumble.

LB Tae Crowder- After playing in one game during his redshirt freshman season, Crowder appeared in 43 contests with 19 starts in his final 3 seasons. His career totals include 122 tackles (50 solo), 10 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, two interceptions, seven passes defensed, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.

View photos of the entire 10-member New York Giants 2020 Draft Class

Meet the Giants' 2020 coaching staff

Joe Judge - Head Coach

Jason Garrett - Offensive Coordinator

Patrick Graham - Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator

Thomas McGaughey - Special Teams Coordinator

Jerry Schuplinski - Quarterbacks Coach

Burton Burns - Running Backs Coach

Freddie Kitchens - Tight Ends Coach

Tyke Tolbert - Wide Receivers Coach

Marc Colombo - Offensive Line Coach

Bret Bielema - Outside Linebackers Coach/Senior Assistant

Sean Spencer - Defensive Line Coach

Jerome Henderson - Defensive Backs Coach

Kevin Sherrer - Inside Linebackers Coach

Tom Quinn - Assistant Special Teams Coach

Derek Dooley - Senior Offensive Assistant

Stephen Brown - Offensive Assistant

Bobby Blick - Offensive Quality Control Coach

Ben Wilkerson - Assistant Offensive Line Coach

Anthony Blevins - Assistant Defensive Backs Coach

Jody Wright - Defensive Assistant

Michael Treier - Defensive Quality Control Coach

Amos Jones - Assistant Coach, Special Projects & Situations

Ryan Hollern - Chief of Staff

View photos of the 2020 New York Giants coaching staff

Giants 2020 undrafted rookie free agents

WR Austin Mack (Ohio State) 2019 stats- 10 games, 27 receptions, 361 receiving yards, three touchdowns

DB Jaquarius Landrews (Mississippi State) 2019 stats- 13 games, 77 total tackles (45 solo), 0.5 tackles for loss, one interception, eight passes defended

DE Dana Levine (Temple) 2019 stats- 12 games, 32 total tackles (19 solo), 5.5 sacks, 11.0 tackles for loss, one forced fumble.

RB Javon Leake (Maryland) 2019 stats- 12 games, 102 carries, 736 rushing yards, eight touchdowns, nine receptions, 55 receiving yards, 30 kickoff returns, 804 yards (26.8 yards per return), two kickoff return touchdowns

OT Kyle Murphy (Rhode Island) 2019 stats- 11 games

TE Kyle Markway (South Carolina) 2019 stats- 11 games, 31 receptions, 349 receiving yards, two receiving touchdowns

WR Binjimen Victor (Ohio State) 2019 stats- 12 games, 35 receptions, 573 receiving yards, six receiving touchdowns

LB Dominique Ross (North Carolina) 2019 stats- 12 games, 60 total tackles (38 solo), 2.5 sacks, six tackles for loss, one forced fumble, one interception, five passes defended

WR Derrick Dillon (LSU) 2019 stats- 8 games, 15 receptions, 202 receiving yards, two receiving touchdowns

DE Oluwole Betiku (Illinois) 2019 stats- 10 games, 37 tackles (20 solo), 9.0 sacks, 13.0 tackles for loss, two fumble recoveries

OT Tyler Haycraft (Louisville) 2019 stats- 12 games

DB Christian Angulo (Hampton) 2019 stats- 10 games, 18 tackles (14 solo), two tackles for loss, three interceptions, 17 passes defended

QB Case Cookus (Northern Arizona) 2019 stats- 12 games, 60.3 completion percentage, 4,114 passing yards, 31 touchdowns, seven interceptions

DE Niko Lalos (Dartmouth) 2019 stats- 10 games, 35 total tackles (21 solo), 5.5 sacks, 10 tackles for loss, one fumble recovery, one interception, seven passes defended

TE Rysen John (Simon Frasier, Canada) 2019 stats- 10 games, 53 receptions, 861 receiving yards, 10 receiving touchdowns

View photos of every undrafted free agent signed by the Giants.

NFL places CB DeAndre Baker on Commissioner Exempt List

Statement by an NFL Spokesperson:

"The NFL today placed DeAndre Baker of the New York Giants on the Commissioner Exempt List. Baker was charged with multiple felonies, including armed robbery and aggravated assault, following an incident in May.

As per the NFL's Personal Conduct Policy, a player who is placed on the Commissioner Exempt List may not practice or attend games, but upon request and with the club's permission may be present at the club's facility on a reasonable basis for meetings, individual workouts, therapy and rehabilitation, and other permitted non-football activities."

Baker played in all 16 games with 15 starts last season. He finished the year with 61 total tackles (48 solo), two tackles for loss, and eight passes defended.

Preparations are underway at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center and MetLife Stadium.

Giants release kicker Aldrick Rosas

The Giants announced they have released Aldrick Rosas, their placekicker each of the last three seasons. Rosas was a record-setting Pro Bowler in 2018 but struggled to match that success last season when he kicked 20 fewer field goals than he had the previous year.

In 48 games for the Giants, Rosas made 62 of 75 field goal attempts (82.7%) and 86 of 94 extra point tries (91.5%) for 272 points. He also had touchbacks on 127 of 211 kickoffs (60.2%).

In 2018, Rosas had one of the best seasons by a kicker in Giants history. He was selected to his first Pro Bowl and named second-team All-Pro after succeeding on 32 of 33 field goal attempts and 31 of 32 extra point tries and scoring 127 points. The 32 field goals were the fifth-highest total in Giants history.

On June 15, Rosas was involved in an auto accident near his northern California hometown and was subsequently charged with three misdemeanors.

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