The New York Giants signed three undrafted free agents Saturday: running back Khalid Abdullah, cornerback SaQwan Edwards, and safety Trey Robinson.
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Abdullah played collegiately at James Madison. In 2016, he led the nation with 1,809 rushing yards on 298 carries (6.1 yards per carry) and scored 22 touchdowns. Abdullah is the Dukes’ all-time leader in rushing touchdowns (41), total touchdowns (45), and points scored (270). He is second all-time in carries (673) and rushing yards (3,678), and fourth all-time in all-purpose yards (4,077).
Abdullah is listed by the Giants at 5-foot-10, 220 pounds. He joins Paul Perkins, Shane Vereen, Orleans Darkwa, and rookie Wayne Gallman in an increasingly crowded, diverse backfield. Abdullah doubled his junior year production in his senior year. He won’t wow coaches with his size or speed. Abdullah has to show proficiency on special teams if he wants to make the 53-man roster.
Edwards signed as an undrafted free agent with the Oakland Raiders in 2015 after a college career at New Mexico. He spent most of the 2015 season on the practice squad before he being added to the 53-man roster (but not activated) for the 2015 regular season finale. Edwards spent the 2016 season on injured reserve with an undisclosed injury.
Edwards does come with some off-the-field baggage. He and two friends (one of them another New Mexico football player) were charged with raping a female student at gunpoint April 2014. The criminal charges were later dropped.
Edwards and the other two men charged eventually filed suit against the university over the way the investigation was handled. The female student settled with the university.
Robinson played collegiately at Furman. He led the Paladins in tackles (104) during his senior year. He also had an interception and 13 passes defended. Robinson was considered one of the best small-school defensive backs in this year’s draft class.
Robinson was originally an all-state quarterback in his home state of South Carolina. He switched to defense entering college. The Giants already have Landon Collins, Nat Berhe, Ryan Murphy, and Eric Pinkins at the strong safety position. Robinson may be a practice squad player if he keeps working and impressing the coaching staff.
The Giants waived cornerback Nigel Tribune, running back Daryl Virgies, and wide receiver Robert Wheelwright to make room for Abdullah, Edwards, and Robinson. Tribune and Wheelwright signed immediately after the 2017 NFL Draft as undrafted free agents. Virgies signed a futures contract in January.