Giants Waive Davis Webb, Claim Six Players
The New York Giants shocked many on Sunday afternoon, as the team announced they waived second-year quarterback Davis Webb.
Reports surfaced following Saturday’s roster cut-down deadline that the team was shopping Webb to various teams. In fact, one of those teams happened to be the Oakland Raiders, per Jordan Raanan of ESPN. However, an agreement was not reached, so the Giants just outright waived the quarterback.
Webb was a selection of the Ben McAdoo-Jerry Reese regime. The writing appeared to be once the Giants drafted Kyle Lauletta. The hand-picked quarterback of Pat Shurmur and Dave Gettleman.
So now, if it wasn’t evident that New York was all-in on Eli Manning as the starter, then here you have it. Lauletta will be the young, developmental quarterback, while Alex Tanney will serve in the veteran backup role.
As for Webb, it remains to be seen where he will land next, as it is a high likelihood he ends up on another NFL squad shortly.
Gettleman was hard at work on Sunday, and it showed, as he claimed an NFL-high six players off waivers. With additions, there must be subtractions.
As mentioned earlier, Webb was waived by the team, along with tight end Jerell Adams, wide receiver Hunter Sharp, and defensive tackle Josh Banks. Offensive guard John Jerry and cornerback William Gay had their contracts terminated by the team as vested veterans.
Here are the newest additions to the now new-look Giants.
Mario Edwards Jr., DE
Gettleman brought in a former second-round pick in Edwards from the Raiders. In his three-year career, Edwards has played in 30 games, 24 in which were starts. During that span, he recorded 68 total tackles, 5.5 sacks, three passes defensed, and three forced fumbles.
Edwards did not mesh with new coach Jon Gruden, and now he gets a second chance under defensive coordinator James Bettcher. The fourth-year veteran will now join a defensive line which includes Damon Harrison, Dalvin Tomlinson, Kerry Wynn, and B.J. Hill.
Spencer Pulley, C
The Giants have a lot of faith in Jon Halapio to be the team’s starting center, but now they have an insurance policy in Spencer Pulley.
The six-four, 308 pound lineman has versatility at both center and guard. In fact, he played in all 16 games for the Los Angeles Chargers last season, and contributed to allowing the least amount of quarterback sacks by an offensive line (18).
Pulley was waived by the Chargers due to the team signing veteran Mike Pouncey this offseason, and now, he has the opportunity to bring depth to the o-line, something the Giants need.
Kaelin Clay, WR
Hunter Sharp looked to be the return specialist for the Giants this upcoming season, despite the ups and downs this offseason. Enter Kaelin Clay, who was cut by the Buffalo Bills on Saturday.
In his three years in the NFL, Clay has lived the journeyman lifestyle. He has played a total of 20 games as a member of the Baltimore Ravens (seven), Carolina Panthers (nine), and Bills (four).
Clay’s bread and butter is in the return game, where he averaged 9.4 yards per return on 42 punts, and 23.2 yards per return on 17 kickoffs.
Mike Jordan, DB
Now, we move onto defensive backfield additions, an area that desperately needed some depth.
Mike Jordan is a third-year cornerback and spent the past two seasons with both the Los Angeles Rams and Cleveland Browns. Through 20 games, Jordan recorded 37 total tackles and five passes defensed
Antonio Hamilton, DB
Gettleman sure had his eyes set in Oakland, as he brought in another charger in Antonio Hamilton. During his two years in the NFL, Hamilton recorded 12 total tackles and two special teams stops through 12 career games.
One of Hamilton’s performances that sticks out is against the Chargers in their regular season finale, where he recorded eight tackles.
Hamilton is a good cover corner, something which would greatly benefit the Giants. Not only that, but he can contribute in special teams.
Kamrin Moore, DB
The final defensive back added by the Giants is Kamrin Moore, who was selected by the New Orleans Saints in the sixth-round of this year’s NFL Draft.
During his four years at Boston College, Moore posted 142 total tackles (seven for loss), 21 passes defensed, two fumble recoveries, two interceptions, and one sack. With the Saints this summer, Moore recorded five tackles, one forced fumble, and a half-sack. Moore did make a statement in New Orleans, as the coaching staff was impressed with his football IQ throughout OTAs.
Moore will likely see some time as an option at the nickel corner position for the Giants this season.
If Sunday showed us anything, it’s that the Giants have entered the Dave Gettleman-Pat Shurmur era in full force. They did just that by parting ways with a majority of those who were selected by the fired Jerry Reese.
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