Giants waive safety Mykkele Thompson, sign linebacker Jimmy Herman

Aug 14, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; New York Giants safety Mykkele Thompson (27) is attended to after an injury during the second quarter of a preseason NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Giants waived safety Mykkele Thompson Thursday.

Thompson was selected with the 144th overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft out of the University of Texas. His Giants career was marred by injuries. Thompson missed his entire rookie season with a torn Achilles. He made his professional debut in last season’s Week 2 win against the New Orleans Saints but a foot injury placed him on injured reserve for the rest of the 2016 season.

Thompson had one tackle against the Saints.


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Thompson attempted to convert to cornerback in training camp. Head coach Ben McAdoo said Monday that Thompson was fighting to make the team and his best shot was at cornerback.

“He’s had some good days, and some days where he’s lost some battles, but he keeps on battling,” McAdoo said. “I felt (the switch to cornerback) gave him his best chance to make the team.”

Thompson was sidelined with a quad injury on Tuesday.

If Thompson isn’t claimed by another team, he will either revert to the Giants’ injured reserve list or given an injury settlement and released outright.

The Giants signed undrafted rookie linebacker Jimmy Herman out of Purdue to fill the spot on the 90-man roster formerly occupied by Thompson. Herman had 28 tackles in eight games for the Boilermakers last season. Herman’s signing provides depth at linebacker with both Mark Herzlich (stinger) and Keenan Robinson (concussion) injured.

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