The New York Giants added some speed to their roster Monday when they agreed to terms with undrafted free agent wide receiver Kevin Snead.
Snead has a nickname indicative of how quick he runs: The Fastest Man in College Football. He played collegiately at Division II Carson-Newman in Jefferson City, Tenn.
Snead, who was also a track star at Carson-Newman, ran a hand-timed 4.22 40-yard dash earlier this year at the University of Tennessee’s pro day. This is faster than first-round selection Evan Engram’s 4.42 40 time.
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Snead’s 40-yard dash time ties the NFL Scouting Combine record set by Washington wide receiver John Ross this year. Ross was selected ninth overall by the Cincinnati Bengals.
Snead worked out as a wide receiver and fielded punts during the three-day rookie mini-camp. He also played defensive back at Carson-Newman. His NFL.com scouting report described his leaping ability as “explosive”.
Snead also had a vertical jump of 37.5 inches and a broad jump of 10 feet, 11 inches at Tennessee’s pro day.
“I’m excited that I got the chance to show what I can do for the scouts,” Snead said after the Tennessee pro day. “I don’t feel like anyone can catch me in the open field. I’m working hard and can’t wait to get my opportunity.”
The team released veteran offensive lineman Martin Wallace.
Wallace grew up in New York City and played collegiately at Temple. Wallace’s NFL career has taken him to seven teams: Cleveland Browns, Carolina Panthers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Chicago Bears, Arizona Cardinals, and New York Jets.
Wallace twice made it to an active NFL roster: with the Browns in 2013 and the Buccaneers in 2015.
The Giants now have their 90-man roster, including unsigned rookies Engram, running back Wayne Gallman, and offensive tackle Adam Bisnowaty.