In order to make room on the 90-man roster for yesterday's acquisitions of linebacker Kyle Bosworth and tight end Chase Clement, the New York Giants have waived safety John Stevenson and tight end Morgan Newton. The Giants' roster is currently full, as the team has 90-players signed to compete for one of 53 available roster spots when training camp opens in July.
Stevenson played outside linebacker at Georgia Southern and graduated had 109 tackles in 14 games last season. He's listed at just 5'11" and 197 pounds, which is likely the reason that he is transitioning to safety in the NFL. The Giants already have a combination of Antrel Rolle, Stevie Brown, Will Hill, Ryan Mundy and Tyler Sash on the depth chart at safety, so Stevenson was in no way expected to make on impact for the team this season.
Newton signed with the Giants just 13 days ago on May 17. Although he is attempting to play tight end in the NFL, Newtwon was actually a quarterback at Kentucky and garnered SEC All-Freshman Team honors in 2009. Newtown has good size for his position at 6'4" and 240 pounds, but the transition from quarterback to tight end is drastic. Any team that attempts to sign him will have to give him several years to develop into a productive player.
It's still early in the offseason, and it's in no way uncommon for the Giants to be tweaking the bottom of the roster to best suit to team's needs as OTA's wear on and training camp approaches. More than likely, we will see several more low profile moves made by general manager Jerry Reese before training camp opens, but it's more just to make sure that there are enough bodies at the right positions. Barring any near miracles, the Giants will, at some point this offseason, will waive the vast majority of their undrafted free-agents.
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