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New York Giants Sign DB Jawanza Starling as Final Member of Practice Squad

September 2nd, 2013 at 11:00 AM
By Dan Benton

On Sunday, the New York Giants announced the signing of seven practice squad members, leaving one open position. That position was promptly filled on Monday morning as the team added defensive back Jawanza Starling to the unit.

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Starling, an undrafted free agent out of USC, signed with the Houston Texas and remained with the team through final cuts over the weekend. He received rave reviews from teammates and coaches throughout rookie mini-camp and into the preseason, but when push came to shove, it was a numbers game and they had to let him go.

At the NFL Combine, Starling did 17 reps and ran a 4.64 40-yard dash. However, it was his three-cone drill (6.68 seconds) that opened some eyes (and we all know the value Big Blue puts on the three-cone drill). He also completed the 60-yard shuffle in 11.62 seconds.

During his four years at USC, Starling made 127 tackles, hauled in four interceptions and defended seven passes.

Other Notes:

  • Defensive tackle Marvin Austin, waived by the Giants on Saturday, cleared waivers and is meeting with the Detroit Lions today.
  • Damontre Moore and Johnathan Hankins each have new jersey numbers. They are No. 98 and No. 96 respectively.

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11 Responses to “New York Giants Sign DB Jawanza Starling as Final Member of Practice Squad”

  1.  6string says:

    Sounding more and more like Thomas or Ross will be working at safety.

  2.  Andiamo P says:

    I could see Thomas taking snaps at Safety. He actually has before. I believe he had an INT vs. Dallas too if I’m not mistaken playing as a Safety.

    Ross could never pull it off.

    But I do feel good about Mundy. I didn’t when he was signed, but he’s played well in the pre season. Fact is, Dez will be a handful and it will be a good challenge, but I think the DLine will help them. The Offense on the other hand needs to get it together for week 1

  3.  fanfor55years says:

    Getting Starling is a coup. The kid can play. I was amazed that he wasn’t drafted because he was all over the field for USC last season. And my pal who despite being a Californian is a Houston fan has been telling me he has looked incredible throughout the preseason and thought he should wind up playing snaps for them this season. He insists the kid will be on our roster next season if no one is smart enough to claim him before we can get him on our roster.

    •  James Stoll says:

      Is the Texans secondary jacked?

      •  fanfor55years says:

        No idea, but they must be if he couldn’t even get to their practice squad. They must have some terrific strong safeties because this guy is big, strong, and quick and has a nose for the ball.

  4.  fanfor55years says:

    I’ll go so far as to say that just based upon how he played against Stanford over the past few seasons I can see this kid as a really fine strong safety in the NFL for a lot of years. If we can keep him a group that includes Starling, Hill, Rolle and Taylor could be pretty special in 2014.

    •  fanfor55years says:

      And now we’ll probably have Brown on the cheap next season too. Lots of possibilities at safety.

      Add a more experienced Prince and Hosley and at least one of Thomas and Ross and a draftee at CB and we could be in business in the backfield.

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