The NY Giants added three players off the waiver wire Wednesday, including two linebackers
The NY Giants made three waiver wire claims Wednesday, one day after trimming the roster to 53 players.
New York, with the No. 11 waiver priority in the NFL, claimed former San Francisco 49ers linebacker Justin Hilliard, former Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Collin Johnson, and former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Quincy Roche.
All three players have the potential to push for an immediate role, ahead of the Giants‘ season opener on Sept. 12 against the Denver Broncos.
Here’s everything you need to know about the three newest additions to the NY Giants roster:
NY Giants LB – Justin Hilliard
Hilliard, 6-foot-1 and 231 pounds, was viewed as one of the top undrafted free agent signings following this spring’s NFL Draft.
However, the 49ers clearly didn’t agree with that assessment of the Ohio State alum, exposing him to waivers this week.
Hilliard produced 47 total tackles as a Buckeye and was a standout in coverage, garnering a 81 coverage grade from Pro Football Focus and an 82.2 run-defense mark.
Given the NY Giants’ uncertainty, and youth, at linebacker, there’s a chance that Hilliard pushes for immediate playing time.