Dakoda Shepley

Giants Work Out Tony Lippett, Kevin Minter

The Giants worked out cornerback Tony Lippett, linebacker Kevin Minter, and a host of other free agents on Tuesday, according to Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com (Twitter link).

Lippett, who transformed from a collegiate wideout to an NFL corner, was a 13-game starter for the Dolphins in 2016, but didn’t make it through final cutdowns earlier this week after missing the entire 2017 campaign with a torn Achilles. Provided he’s now healthy, Lippett could give New York’s secondary a boost, as the only experienced players on the Giants cornerback depth chart are starters Janoris Jenkins and Eli Apple. The Giants know they have a problem in the defensive backfield, as they claimed three cornerbacks off waivers on Sunday.

Minter, 27, was cut by the Jets earlier this week after inking a one-year deal during the offseason. After starting 32 games for the Cardinals from 2015-16, Minter has struggled to find playing time (or even a job) in recent seasons. While he could conceivably offer depth behind starters Alec Ogletree and B.J. Goodson (and has familiarity with Giants defensive coordinator James Bettcher, formerly of Arizona), Minter hasn’t played special teams since his rookie season. That’s a problem for a backup linebacker, and could be why New York signed ST standout Nate Stupar — also a part of today’s cattle call — instead.

Here’s the full list of players who auditioned for the Giants on Tuesday:

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

Jets Officially Cut 18 Players

The Jets’ roster is now at 71 players after the club announced 18 cuts today. Like all NFL teams, New York will need to reduce to 53 players by Saturday afternoon. Several of the following transactions were reported earlier today, but we’ll list them here as well:

Waived:

Released:

Jets Sign 7 UDFAs

The Jets announced that they have signed seven undrafted free agents. Here’s the rundown:

  • Dimitri Flowers, FB (Oklahoma)
  • Reggie Flowers, CB (Jacksonville State)
  • Austin Golson, OL (Auburn)
  • Lord Hyeamang, DE (Columbia)
  • Dakoda Shepley, G (University of British Columbia)
  • Mychealon Thomas, DL (Texas Tech)
  • Tre’ Williams, LB (Auburn)

Teams tend to sign at least ten UDFAs after the draft and sometimes upwards of 20, so we’re expecting the Jets to add more to the group in the coming days. The Jets reportedly have 40+ players auditioning on Friday, so it’s safe to say that a portion of those players will receive UDFA deals.

Fullbacks typically don’t get a ton of attention, but the versatility of Dimitri Flowers could appeal to the Jets. Flowers was often employed as an H-back at Oklahoma and showcased his ability to run the ball, catch passes, and block in the backfield. Flowers was called upon to serve as the Sooners’ primary ball carrier against Iowa State in 2016 and managed 115 yards off of 22 carries. Then past season, he had┬ánine touchdowns in his final year on campus.

The signing of Williams has not been officially reported by the Jets, but Tom Pelissero of NFL.com (on Twitter) notes that he has received a sizable $47K+ guarantee to sign with the Jets. Although Williams is a bit undersized and lacks athleticism, he is a tireless worker who could project as a special teams player.