The New York Giants announced they have re-signed veteran defensive end Devin Taylor to their 53-man roster. To make room for Taylor, the Giants placed DE/OLB Cap Capi, who has been nursing a hamstring injury, on injured reserve.
Taylor, 6-8 and 270 pounds, signed with the Giants on May 25. He played in all four preseason games, finishing with five tackles (two solo) and an interception against Pittsburgh that he returned 23 yards.
However, he was slowed early in training camp by an undisclosed lower body injury and was unable to make the impact many hoped he would. The Giants terminated his contract on September 2.
Taylor, who spent four seasons with the Detroit Lions, played in 61 regular-season games with 18 starts, and in two postseason games with one start. His career totals include 92 tackles (69 solo), those 15.0 sacks, and four forced fumbles, plus five tackles (three solo) in the playoffs.
Capi was added to the Giants practice squad on September 4 after spending the summer with the Arizona Cardinals. He was added to the active roster on September 28.
This season, the Giants have been hit by injuries at the defensive end spot. Starter Olivier Vernon has been nursing an ankle injury suffered in Week 3. He tried to give it a go the following week, but was unable to finish the game, and has been inactive each week since.
Vernon, who practiced in a limited basis two weeks ago only to be shut down the following day, didn’t participate in the team’s hour-long walkthrough practice Monday, but he did say after that he was starting to feel better and that he was “day to day.”
The Giants also placed defensive end Romeo Okwara on injured reserve with a sprained knee. They have since been going with a combination of Kerry Wynn and Avery Moss at the defensive end spot to fill Vernon’s absence and to spell Jason Pierre-Paul, the other starter.
The Giants also made a practice squad swap. They terminated the contract of receiver Khalif Raymond, whom they signed October 11, and replaced him with linebacker Trevor Bates, 6-2 and 247 pounds, a 2016 seventh-round pick of the Colts out of the University of Maine. Bates was most recently with the Patriots.