New York Giants: Practice Squad Spots Filled

By justinstevens
Jim O’Connor- USA Today Sports

One day after the New York Giants had to cut 22 players to accommodate the league-mandated 53-man roster, they got busy filling their practice squad roster.

The Giants took some chances on Saturday when they released players. There were a few players that could have easily made another 53-man roster in the NFL, but the Giants were willing to take the risk.

The biggest names to have returned to Big Blue after being cut yesterday and clearing waivers are defensive ends Adwele Ojomo and Matt Broha, as well as corner back Charles James. All three players showed real promise throughout training camp and the preseason.

Broha and Ojomo were released because of the depth and talent that the Giants’ defensive line has. The Giants felt that both players were going to be claimed off waivers and would not be available for their practice squad. To the delight of the G-men, both players cleared waivers and signed back with the Giants one day after being waived.

Broha and Ojomo both look like promising players, and the Giants hope to prepare them to be able to make a difference for their defense in the coming seasons.

For Broha, this is the second season in a row that he will be on the Giants’ practice squad. Ojomo was on the Giants’ roster last year, but only saw playing time in one game on special teams. James was also released on Saturday night by the Giants and brought back for the practice squad. He had hopes of making the roster on the fact that he led all Giants return men with seven punt returns for an average of 10.0 yards per return.

Also being signed to the Giants’ practice squad were offensive lineman Stephen Goodin and Eric Herman, and wide receivers Marcus Harris and Julian Talley. 

The Giants just signed Jawanza Starling today. Starling was most recently on the Houston Texans‘ roster. He was a three-year starter at the University of Southern California. Starling was an undrafted free agent signed in May by the Texans.

It looks like the Giants are willing to see if this kid could be the answer to their problems and provide depth at the safety position.

Justin Stevens is a New York Giants writer for Follow him on Twitter @stevensj16, like him on Facebook, join his Facebook fan page, and also like him on Google.

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