Giants Add Two Defensive Tackles with Plethora of Injuries at the Position

The New York Giants are doing all they can to keep a cork on their defensive line talent, but the bottom just keeps falling out as injuries strike hard.

With the season-ending injuries of Shaun Rogers and Martin Parker, as well as the questionable status of Chris Canty and second-year player Marvin Austin going forward, the Giants added two more defensive tackles to fill the void left by these men. The Giants added Oren Wilson and veteran journeyman Carlton Powell to bolster their defensive front with some depth at the depleting defensive tackle position.

Wilson is a rookie from Akron decorated more so for his trouble with the law rather than his play on the football field. The 305-pound undrafted free agent spent 21 days in jail after being charged with assault at a fraternity party. Wilson, formerly a Michigan State Spartan, chose to transfer and sit out the 2010 season and played in all 12 games for the Zips in 2011.

Powell, meanwhile, has spent five seasons in the NFL with what will now be his fifth team. The former Virginia Tech Cavaliers has seen limited playing time in his professional career and played just 38 snaps for the Falcons last season. The former fifth-round pick has done little to earn a long-term job in the NFL; his presence in New York is likely nothing more than to fill the preseason roster.

The Giants are currently short-handed, but there are no indications either of these players are long term options once the regular season gets underway. That is, assuming there are no setbacks for Canty or Austin in next few weeks.

Louis Musto is a New York Giants Featured Columnist for You can follow him on Twitter @LouisMusto.

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