Whip out your New York training camp roster and a red pen, because there’s a bunch of changes that have to be made following a busy two days day of transactions.
Defensive tackle Bobby Richardson was signed today, presumably after being part of a group of guys spotted trying out in the field house. Richardson will take the place of Corbin Bryant (see next section) on the roster, offering depth at defensive tackle and defensive end.
Richardson, an undrafted free agent, has spent time with the Saints, for whom he played 15 games in 2015. He also was, at different times, a member of the Saints, Chiefs and Washington practice squads and made a stop earlier this year with Denver.
Linebacker Steven Daniels, a seventh-round pick by Washington last year, was most recently with the Eagles. Daniels offers depth at a linebacker position that right now is less than full strength what with Mark Herzlich (stinger), Devon Kennard (soreness), Keenan Robinson (concussion) and B.J. Goodson (back) all ailing to some degree.
Linebacker Chris Casher was added to the roster Monday as was receiver Andrew Turzilli, the latter a former Rutgers standout.
Defensive tackle Corbin Bryant, who suffered that turned out to be a dislocated elbow in Monday’s practice, has been placed on season-ending injured reserve. Bryant had been a long-shot to make the Giants 53-man roster any way, but now will instead be on the injured reserve list.
Bryant, who has played in 56 games with 18 starts over six seasons, had been working with the third-string defense. He signed a one-year deal for the veteran minimum in June to provide defensive line depth for training camp.
On Monday, tight end Colin Thompson was waived with a non-football injury (emergency appendectomy). Receiver Kevin Norwood (hip) was waived/injured.
Linebacker J.T. Thomas and running back Shaun Draughn, both of whom began training camp on the PUP list, were finally able to pass a physical, which means they were removed from the PUP designation.
Draughn was immediately eased into the mix during Tuesday’s practice. Despite having missed most of training camp, he still has a chance of factoring into the running back rotation given head coach Ben McAdoo’s unhappiness with the running game after last week’s preseason opener.
Thomas’ situation is interesting. The Giants currently have some injuries at linebacker—Mark Herzlich (stinger) has missed the last two days of practice after returning on a limited basis Sunday.
Devon Kennard has been limited the last two days with what McAdoo described as “soreness.” Keenan Robinson has been working his way back from a concussion, which landed him in the league protocol for over a week.
And on Tuesday, starting inside linebacker B.J. Goodson had to leave practice early with a back ailment.
The injuries to Kennard and Goodson don’t sound serious enough to be season ending, but their absences do create a hole on the depth chart.
Thomas, who was long thought to be out of the Giants future plans—the team couldn’t cut him until he was able to pass a physical–can back up in the middle and on the weak-side. It would appear now that once he’s fully ready to go, he might just do that, at least for the rest of the preseason.