EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The Giants completed a busy day – and weekend – of transactions late this 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 yesterday.
View photos of the Giants' active roster as it currently stands.
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 is in his second stint with the Giants. He re-signed with the team on March 30.
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.
Williams, 6-0 and 200 pounds, was selected 92nd overall in the 2016 NFL Draft by the Cardinals, after concluding his collegiate career at Texas A&M. Last year, he 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.
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.