EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The Giants today added another piece to their offensive line when they signed veteran free agent tackle Will Holden.
A 6-7, 312-pounder, Holden has played in 27 games with nine starts for Arizona, Baltimore, Indianapolis and Detroit. In 2021, he played in 14 games with one start for the Lions. His career starts: four at left tackle, two at right tackle, one at left guard and two as an extra lineman.
To create an opening on the 90-man roster, the Giants waived third-year defensive end Niko Lalos.
The Giants sought an extra lineman after Matt Gono was placed on the exempt/left squad list on Wednesday.
Holden is the second player to join the Giants in as many days. The team yesterday was awarded defensive back Nate Meadors from Cleveland.
Holden entered the NFL with the Cardinals as a fifth-round draft choice (No. 157 overall) from Vanderbilt. As a rookie, he played in seven games with a career-high five starts, including one against the Giants and the final three games at left tackle. The following year, he was released at the end of training camp and did stints on the Miami and New Orleans practice squads before rejoining the Cards and playing in four games with two starts.
In 2019, Holden was released early in training camp. He did time with Miami, Seattle and San Francisco but did not play in a regular-season game. The Ravens signed Holden on Jan. 13, 2020, and that year he played in one game each for Baltimore and Indianapolis (where he made a start at right tackle).
Lalos joined the Giants as a free agent from Dartmouth two years ago. As a rookie in 2020, Lalos played in each of the season's final six games and totaled five tackles (two solo), one interception and one fumble recovery. He spent the entire 2021 season on the Giants' practice squad.
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