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New York Giants Waive Mitch Petrus, Claim D.J. Jones Off Waivers from Philadelphia Eagles

September 1st, 2012 at 3:15 PM
By Dan Benton

Less than 24 hours after "finalizing" their 53-man roster, the New York Giants have decided to shake things up. The team announced this afternoon that they have waived offensive lineman Mitch Petrus, replacing him with tackle D.J. Jones, whom they were warded off of waivers from the Philadelphia Eagles.

A fifth-round pick out of Arkansas in the 2010 NFL Draft, Petrus struggled mightily throughout training camp and the preseason. At times, it seemed as if the highly energized lineman regressed, and did himself no favors by missing several assignments during a 6-3 victory over the New England Patriots in week four of the preseason. Following the game, Giants 101 speculated whether or not he would lose his job, and only a few days later, he's headed for free agency.

Replacing Petrus on the Giants' 53-man roster is offensive tackle D.J. Jones, a former Nebraska Cornhusker who was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Miami Dolphins in 2011.

The 6-5, 310 lbs. lineman was subsequently waived off of the Dolphins' practice squad, signed and then released by the Baltimore Ravens after 11 weeks before signing on with the Philadelphia Eagles. He was then waived by the Iggles yesterday as the team trimmed their roster to 53 men.

Jones started 14 games at right tackle his senior season at Nebraska, and was considered a "size prospect" who needed a lot of work coming out of college.

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51 Responses to “New York Giants Waive Mitch Petrus, Claim D.J. Jones Off Waivers from Philadelphia Eagles”

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  1.  G-MenFan says:

    Three full preseasons and two full regular seasons and Petrus can’t learn his assignments. He was a 5th round pick who lost his roster spot to a UDFA that was cut by three teams. Wow Mitch. You can’t say you didn’t get a chance.

  2.  fanfor55years says:

    Hate to say it, but “too stupid to play football” is pretty stupid. That Arkansas claim about “student athletes” is very funny. Mitch sounds like he couldn’t even find his way to class.

    Good riddance.

  3.  BillyS says:

    I wish him the best and hopefully a change of scenery will help get him back on the right track. He really didn’t take advantage of the opportunity he had here, though. It would have been nice, but oh well. Good luck and hopefully Jones can be a decent addition.

  4.  fanfor55years says:

    Okay, this is a sideshow. Which of the “questionables” practiced today? That’s a big deal.

    •  GOAT56 says:

      EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Linebacker Michael Boley will return to practice Saturday after missing much of the preseason with a hamstring injury.

      Coach Tom Coughlin also said left tackle Will Beatty (back) will work this weekend in an effort to play against the Cowboys on Wednesday. Several other Giants with injuries are going to practice as well, including defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (back).

      Cornerback Jayron Hosley (toe) is expected to at least do individual work Saturday, and the team will see how he feels afterward.

      “We are going to see what he is like,” Coughlin said. “It is more of a test than anything else. Is there a level of pain tolerance?”

      Coughlin said Prince Amukamara (high ankle sprain) likely will be out against the Cowboys, as expected. As for defensive tackle Marvin Austin, Coughlin said the second-year player’s back has gotten stronger since last being evaluated. But it sounds as if Austin also will miss the regular season opener.

      “He was stronger this morning upon his examination than he was, for example, last week,” Coughlin said. “We are just trying to see on a day-by-day basis where he is at and if not this week can we hold for next week?”

      http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/giants/post/_/id/16586/notebook-boley-and-beatty-practice

  5.  GOAT56 says:

    I wonder if Beatty is starting (he’s practicing today along with swag and Boley) who’s the first guard off the bench. Is it Cordle, Jones or Lockear?

    It’s interesting that even keeping 5 DEs we were able to keep both Broha and Marshall on the PS.

    •  norm says:

      Douglas, too,

      It’s a good bet that the team could have slipped Kuhn on to the PS had it chosen to do so. As I noted a few weeks back, we fans have a tendency to overrate the market value of our bottom of the roster talent at this time of year; convinced that 31 other GMs are laying in wait to pounce on our scraps.

      This, of course, completely overlooks the fact that every other team has its own bottom of the roster developmental players in whom they have similarly invested time and effort into grooming for the particulars of their own system. In the vast majority of cases, other teams are not going to be interested in dropping one of their prospects to pick up one of ours. That was clearly the case again this year.

      I believe the coaches and GM are aware of this and thereby shy away from using roster spots only to protect bottom of the roster players. Any young low round or undrafted guys who make it to the final 53 are expected to contribute on the field. The only exceptions this year to that are Ojomo and Brewer – two guys who probably are not ready but who the team did not want to risk losing. I don’t think Kuhn falls into that category. He’s going to be asked to contribute as the #3 DT until Canty’s return. If he’s struggling at all in that role by Week 6, he’ll be shipped to the PS without hesitation and Bernard will take over the #3 role. If he’s claimed by another team at that point, then so be it.

      That Kuhn made the roster is a tribute to the coaches’ faith in his readiness to play right now. Hope they’re right.

      •  GOAT56 says:

        I agree on Douglas but disagree on Kuhn. Douglas was mostly practice hype. Kuhn played well versus the Bears 1s when given a chance. He was also a draft pick so that means other teams are more aware of him than an undrafted free agent.

        I think players like Kuhn, Ojomo and Tracy would have been picked up. Ware will likely be signed by someone and I think Jones will as well.

        •  norm says:

          All I’m saying is that if the coaches did not think Kuhn was far enough along to contribute this year, he would not have made the roster.

          A desire to “protect” him from poaching by another team was not a factor in the decision at all.

          Sure, it’s possible that another team may have picked him up if he were waived. I’m nowhere near as convinced as you are that it would have happened but I obviously have no way of knowing for sure. What I am certain of is that on a “win now” team, a coach is not going to use more than a handful of roster spots to carry unproductive players solely for the purpose of “protecting” him. Those spots went to Ojomo, Austin and Brewer this year. They would not have given Kuhn the same consideration.

          •  GOAT56 says:

            I thought Kuhn showed he could contribute in that Bears game. And by keeping only 4 DTs we really show our faith in him because he’s going to have to see significant snaps on Wed.

  6.  James Stoll says:

    Wow. Petrus cut in favor ofaperenial cut victim.
    Still doesn’t inspire me with confidence

  7.  wrdag says:

    Is it me or is it really shocking that we can’t find a scrap-heap decent guard in the entire league. I get that tackles our a rare commodity but I thought inside guys were a dime a dozen. Sort of gives credence to the idea that the big boys ( 6-6, 250 plus) are playing either TE or on the defensive side of the ball. The truly talented don’t want to ply their trade in the the obscurity of the trenches.

  8.  wrdag says:

    I’m sure this comment will stir the pot but I think its a big key with Wednesday fast approaching…. Which offensive coordinator will we have in game 1 and beyond?

    A: KG the guy who will establish the run at any cost even without an o-line. This was our guy up until very late last year
    or
    B: KG the o-coordinator who played to the strengths of his all world QB first and foremost. Even so far as to put the game in the hands of Eli in the soup that was San Fran in the play-offs.

    In simpler terms will he set up the run thru the passing game or will he set up the run by just pounding the rock regardless.

  9.  GOAT56 says:

    I shocked Muasau wasn’t signed to PS

    •  fanfor55years says:

      They may be thinking that if they extend Rivers and are happy with Herzlic’s progress that they won’t have any use for him but I, too, was surprised.

      •  BillyS says:

        I think they’re going to have to extend Rivers before the end of the season…he’s just looked way too good so far and is primed for a huge year.

  10.  James Stoll says:

    DJ Ware to the Bucs

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