New York Giants Rumors & News

Giants Promote Andrew Adams, Waive Michael Hunter

The Giants have swapped one rookie defensive back for another. James Kratch of NJ Advance Media reports (via Twitter) that the team has promoted safety Andrew
Andrew AdamsAdams and waived cornerback Michael Hunter. The pair of moves are an attempt to replace safeties Mykkele Thompson and Darian Thompson, who are both struggling through injuries.

Waiving Hunter is a bit of a curious move, especially since the team promoted the rookie earlier this week. As ESPN’s Jordan Raanan tweets, the Giants’ indecisiveness ultimately cost the team $26K in salary. The undrafted rookie out of Oklahoma State could be re-signed to the Giants practice squad as soon as Monday, reports Ralph Vacchiano of SNY (via Twitter).

Adams is an undrafted rookie out of UConn. In 44 career games with the Huskies, the safety compiled 263 tackles and nine interceptions. As Roster Resource shows, Adams will be joining safeties Thompson, Landon Collins, and Nat Berhe.

Giants Make Practice Squad Changes

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Giants Sign OT To Practice Squad

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Giants Bump Michael Hunter To Active Roster

The Giants are set to promote defensive back Michael Hunter to the active roster, as Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com tweets. The move could be a sign that safety Mykkele Thompson will miss time after hurting his knee on Sunday against the Saints. Michael Hunter (vertical)

Hunter, an undrafted free agent out of Oklahoma State, just missed the Giants’ 53-man cut but was quickly signed on to the taxi squad earlier this month. Now, he’ll join starters Darian Thompson and Landon Collins plus reserve Nat Berhe on the team’s safety depth chart.

Hunter began his D-I career at Indiana before transferring to Oklahoma State for his senior season. In ten games, Hunter had 20 tackles, 1 tackle for a loss, and two interceptions.

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Giants Work Out Four Linebackers

Sterling Shepard Next Great Giants WR?

  • Rookie Sterling Shepard, who caught three passes for 43 yards and a touchdown in the Giants’ Week 1 win over the Cowboys, has the chance to be the team’s next great wide receiver, argues Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com. Former Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara had one workout session with the second-round pick from Oklahoma this summer and came away impressed with his skill set. “His confidence and raw skills … he’s just confident in his ability that he’s going to beat the man across from him,” Amukamara said. “And he’s very sudden at the line, meaning he’s quick. He has a combination of [Victor] Cruz and Odell [Beckham Jr.]’s skill set.” Recently, PFR’s scouting guru Dave-Te Thomas praised Shepard in his rundown of the Giants’ rookie class.
  • The Saints‘ defensive line couldn’t get any kind of pass rush going against the Raiders in Week 1 and one reader asked Herbie Teope of The Times-Picayune if Paul Kruger can be fairly labeled as a bust signing. Kruger can’t be written off as a bad addition, nor can he be blamed for the lack of pressure on Derek Carr, Teope contends. While Kruger was in on 53 percent of the team’s defensive plays on Sunday, he was restricted somewhat by the team’s defensive game plan along with the rest of the front seven. Carr’s mobility kept the Saints from getting too aggressive, but Teope expects to see a much different plan of action against Eli Manning and the Giants in Week 2. Earlier this month, the Saints signed Kruger to a three-year deal that can be voided after one year. The deal comes with a $2.1MM signing bonus and base salaries of $900K, $1MM, and $1MM.

Giants FB Nikita Whitlock Suspended

Giants fullback Nikita Whitlock has been suspended for the team’s next ten games, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.com (on Twitter). Whitlock apparently committed a violation of the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances. Nikita Whitlock (vertical)

Whitlock, who is on IR after suffering a foot injury this offseason, will not be paid while serving his 10-game ban. Whitlock, 25, appeared in 14 games and started in five contests for the Giants last season. This year, he was expected to clear the way for tailbacks Rashad Jennings and Shane Vereen before being shut down for the year. Now, his Giants future is very much in question.

Whitlock was suspended for four games in November 2014 for a violation of the PED policy. As a repeat offender, he faces a much stiffer punishment this time.

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