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Giants’ Aaron Robinson Unlikely To Return In 2022; DL Nick Williams Done For Year

Pegged to replace James Bradberry in the Giants’ starting lineup, Aaron Robinson has run into multiple issues that have prevented him from doing so for an extensive stretch. It appears the former third-round pick will need to wait a while to reprise his role.

Brian Daboll said Robinson is unlikely to come off injured reserve this season. Defensive lineman Nick Williams, who suffered a biceps injury in Week 9, received a more definitive timetable. Daboll said (via The Athletic’s Dan Duggan, on Twitter) Williams is done for the season. The Giants have six injury activations remaining, but it appears other players will be considered for these spots during the second half and potentially into the playoffs.

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After dangling Bradberry in trades through the draft, the Giants cut bait in May. This led to Bradberry joining the Eagles and the Giants holding a competition to determine his replacement opposite Adoree’ Jackson. Robinson, whom the Giants chose 71st overall out of Texas in 2021, earned the gig. But he has played in just two games this season.

An appendectomy sidelined Robinson after Week 1. When he returned in Week 4, this knee injury intervened 10 snaps into that game. The Giants have since turned to Fabian Moreau. Although the former Washington third-rounder has bounced around since his rookie contract expired following the 2020 season, he has held down the New York outside job this season.

Moreau played the 2021 season with the Falcons, being charged with a whopping eight touchdowns allowed that year, and his one-year Texans deal this offseason led to an August release. Moreau, 28, caught on with the Giants’ practice squad in late September. Well-versed as a boundary and slot corner, Moreau is allowing just 5.3 yards per target and a 47.4% completion rate; both are easily career-high marks. Should Moreau keep this up, this should earn him consideration to stick around beyond 2022. But cornerback figures to be a position of need in 2023.

Williams has been a starter for most of the season. The Giants added the 10th-year veteran on a league-minimum deal for no guaranteed money just before training camp. The former Steelers seventh-round pick had journeyed the league during his 20s but stabilized his career by becoming a Lions starter during the 2020 and ’21 seasons. Williams, 32, has made 15 tackles and deflected two passes during his first Big Blue season.

Minor NFL Transactions: 9/1/22

Teams continue to tinker with their rosters after hundreds of players were cut earlier this week. We’ve tracked all of today’s minor moves below:

Arizona Cardinals

Atlanta Falcons

Baltimore Ravens

Chicago Bears

Cincinnati Bengals

Dallas Cowboys

Denver Broncos

Green Bay Packers

Indianapolis Colts

Jacksonville Jaguars

Los Angeles Rams

Miami Dolphins

New England Patriots

New Orleans Saints

New York Giants

New York Jets

Pittsburgh Steelers

San Francisco 49ers

Seattle Seahawks

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tennessee Titans

Wednesday NFL Transactions: NFC East

Following the 53-man roster cutdown deadline Tuesday, many teams will make slight tweaks to their rosters. In addition to waiver claims, teams can begin constructing their 16-man practice squads today. These CommandersCowboys, Eagles and Giants moves are noted below.

Here are Wednesday’s NFC East transactions, which will continue to be updated throughout the day.

Dallas Cowboys

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New York Giants

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Released:

Claimed:

Placed on IR:

Signed to practice squad:

Philadelphia Eagles

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Waived:

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Washington Commanders

Released:

Claimed:

Waived:

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Signed to practice squad:

Giants To Sign DL Nick Williams

The Giants are set to add some experience to their front seven. New York is signing veteran defensive lineman Nick Williams, reports Mike Garafolo of NFL Network (Twitter link). 

Williams was a seventh-round pick of the Steelers in 2013, but it was with the Chiefs that he made his debut the following season. He wound up making 21 appearances in Kansas City before being claimed off waivers by the Dolphins in 2016. He followed up that brief Miami tenure with two seasons in Chicago.

It was with the Bears in 2019 that Williams registered the first five starts of his career. He parlayed that increased playing time into personal bests in tackles (42) and sacks (six). Those totals earned him a two-year, $10MM contract with the Lions during the subsequent offseason.

The Samford alum has been a full-time starter in Detroit for the past two seasons. After an underwhelming performance in 2020 relative to the previous campaign, he took a pay cut to remain in the fold for 2021. With the Lions turning to younger options along their defensive line, they elected not to re-sign the 32-year-old this offseason.

In New York, Williams will join a d-line led by Leonard Williams, Dexter Lawrence and Justin EllisGiven his snap share over the past three years (between 50% and 56%), the six-foot-four, 310-pounder will be capable of shouldering a rotational role, but also starting reps if need be. Per Garafolo, the Giants are waiving UDFA Jabari Ellis to make room for the Williams addition.

Lions Agree To Terms With DL Nick Williams

Nick Williams is heading to a division rival. The former Bears defensive lineman is signing with the Lions, reports SiriusXM’s Adam Caplan (via Twitter).

The 2013 seventh-round pick has put together a seven-year career, including a recent two-year stint with Chicago. His 2019 season proved to be the best of his career, as he set career-highs in games (16), starts (five), tackles (42), and sacks (six). In total, the 30-year-old has appeared in 44 career regular season games with the Bears, Dolphins, and Chiefs.

The Lions defense is seeing a bit of a makeover. Yesterday, the team agreed to terms with former Patriots linebacker Jamie Collins.

Minor NFL Transactions: 3/15/19

Today’s minor moves:

Chicago Bears

Cleveland Browns

Los Angeles Chargers

Oakland Raiders

Sunday NFL Transactions: NFC North

Listed below are the Sunday roster moves for the four NFC North teams. Following the 53-man roster cutdown deadline yesterday, many teams will make slight tweaks to their rosters, claiming players off waivers or signing guys who clear waivers. Those transactions for the Bears, Lions, Packers, and Vikings are noted below.

Additionally, as of 12:00pm CT today, teams can begin constructing their 10-man practice squads. You can check out our glossary entry on practice squads to brush up on those changes, as well as all the other guidelines that govern the 10-man units, whose players practice with the team but aren’t eligible to suit up on Sundays.

Here are Sunday’s NFC North transactions, which will continue to be updated throughout the day:

Chicago Bears

Signed:

Cut:

Placed on injured reserve:

Detroit Lions

Claimed:

Cut:

Practice squad:

Green Bay Packers

Practice squad:

Minnesota Vikings

Claimed:

Cut:

Practice squad:

Bears Trim Roster To 53

The Bears have reduced their roster to 53 players by making the following transactions:

Waived:

Released:

Placed on injured reserve:

Falcons Place DE Jack Crawford On IR

The Falcons have placed defensive Jack Crawford on injured reserve with a biceps injury, the club announced today.Jack Crawford (Vertical)

Crawford, whom Atlanta signed away from the Cowboys this offseason, is now the third Falcons defensive lineman to go down with injury in recent weeks. Star edge rusher Vic Beasley is still working his way back from a hamstring issue, while Courtney Upshaw may be close to returning from an ankle ailment. Crawford, for his part, had played on 101 defensive snaps this season but graded as just the No. 87 interior defender among 100 qualifiers, per Pro Football Focus.

With Crawford sidelined, the Falcons auditioned defensive ends Devin Taylor, Jonathan Woodard, Sterling Bailey, Nicholas Williams, Pat O’Connor, plus linebacker Lavar Edwards, on Monday, according to Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com. Atlanta is on the hunt for defensive line reinforcements, and its workout session comes as no surprise given that head coach Dan Quinn indicated that he and general manager Thomas Dimitroff would soon discuss adding help to their front four.

Taylor, 27, offers vast experience, as the former fourth-round pick appeared in 61 games (18 starts) for the Lions over the past four seasons. While he’s posted 15 sacks during his NFL career, PFF wasn’t complementary of Taylor’s performance in 2016, ranking him as the second-worst defensive end in the league. Taylor signed with the Giants in May but didn’t make it through final cutdowns, and has since worked out for the Vikings.

The Falcons’ defensive front, which currently includes Grady Jarrett, Dontari Poe, Brooks Reed, Adrian Clayborn, Derrick Shelby, and first-round rookie Takkarist McKinley, hasn’t played all that well in 2017, as the unit ranks 21st in adjusted sack rate and 25th in adjusted line yards, per Football Outsiders.

NFL Workout Updates: 9/19/17

Today’s workout updates:

Carolina Panthers

Chicago Bears

Dallas Cowboys

Green Bay Packers

Jacksonville Jaguars

Kansas City Chiefs

Miami Dolphins

New York Jets

San Francisco 49ers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers