The New York Giants bolstered their defensive line Tuesday by re-signing Devin Taylor.
Taylor had 11.5 sacks in the past two seasons with the Detroit Lions and signed with the Giants as a free agent this summer. He had five tackles and an interception during the preseason. Taylor was cut because he was outplayed by the veteran Kerry Wynn. The youth of Romeo Okwara and rookie Avery Moss also played a part in Taylor’s release.
The Giants placed linebacker/defensive end Cap Capi on injured reserve to make room for Taylor. Capi injured his hamstring in the Week 7 loss to the Seattle Seahawks before the Giants’ bye.
The Giants’ defensive line has suffered through numerous injuries this season. Olivier Vernon has missed the past three games with an injured ankle after not missing a game in his NFL career. Wynn (knee) was injured in the Seahawks loss while Okwara (knee) has been placed on injured reserve.
Moss, a fifth-round draft pick, has seen his role increased due to the injuries. The Giants are hoping the 6-foot-7, 270-pound Taylor will provide much needed depth and experience at the position. He has 15 sacks in five NFL seasons.
The Giants also signed linebacker Trevor Bates to the practice squad.
Bates was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in 2016 but was part of the team’s final roster cuts after the preseason. He then signed with the New England Patriots’ practice squad, part of the team that defeated the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI.
Bates signed a futures contract with the Patriots but didn’t survive the team’s final preseason roster cuts. He re-signed with the Patriots’ practice squad but was cut a few days later. Bates has only appeared in one NFL game.
The Giants also released wide receiver Kalif Raymond.
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