On Sunday, undrafted rookie offensive tackle, Austin Holtz, found himself without a job after being released by the Detroit Lions. But his unemployment was short-lived as the New York Giants, needing offensive line depth after a slew of injuries, signed him.
Austin Holtz (@Holtzy77) August 21, 2013
Holtz, out of Ball State, was signed by the Lions shortly after the conclusion of the 2013 NFL Draft. He played 11 snaps in their preseason opener against the New York Jets, but saw no action in their week two game against the Cleveland Browns. He was then waived in order to make room for tackle Kevin Haslam.
A 2012 All-Mid-American Conference First Team selection, Holtz started all 13 games for Ball State in his senior season, and 33 overall. He, along with the rest of their offensive line, paved the way for Jahwan Edwards, who rushed for 1,410 yards — the third highest total in school history.
The signing of Holtz brings the Giants back up to a 90-man roster having also signed wide receiver Terrell Sinkfield on Wednesday.
The first round of cuts — trimming the roster from 90 to 75 — is due to be completed by 4:00 PM EST on Tuesday, August 27th.
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