Giants cut four, sign five

The Giants released QB Rusty Smith, linebacker Allen Bradford, cornerback Junior Mertile and punter Jordan Gay.

On the flip side, the Giants signed defensive tackles Kelcy Quarles of South Carolina and Eathyn Manumaleuna of BYU, defensive end Kerry Wynn of Richmond, linebacker Justin Anderson of Louisiana-Lafayette and safety Thomas Gordon of Michigan.

From the Giants: 

Quarles, 6-3 and 297 pounds, played in 35 games with 28 starts in three seasons at South Carolina. His career totals include 105 tackles (66 solo) with 13.0 sacks for minus-111 yards, 23.5 stops for losses of 147 yards and eight quarterback pressures. In 2013, he played in 11 games and led the Gamecocks with 9.5 sacks – 6.5 more than teammate Jadeveon Clowney, the first overall selection in the draft. He had 39 tackles (27 solo) and was a unanimous first-team All-Southeastern Conference choice. Quarles attended Greenwood (S.C.) High School, where he earned second-team all-state honors.

Manumaleuna, 6-2 and 305 pounds, played in a BYU-record 54 games in his career. He played both nose tackle and defensive end and started every game at nose tackle as a true freshman in 2007. He did not play in 2008-09 while on a mission. Manumaleuna finished his career with 144 tackles, 17 for losses and 6.5 sacks. He played in four games in 2012 before suffering a knee injury and was granted a medical redshirt year and returned in 2013 to start all 13 games. He recorded 48 tackles (23 solo), including 7.0 for losses and a sack, as a senior.

Wynn, 6-5 and 270 pounds, played in 32 games with 30 starts at Richmond. His career totals include 145 tackles, 22.5 tackles for losses and 12.5 sacks. In 2013, Wynn started all 10 games in which he played and finished with 56 tackles, 5.5 tackles for losses and 2.5 sacks. He was named to the Colonial Athletic Association’s third team. Wynn starred at Louis County High School in Virginia.

Anderson, 6-2 and 232 pounds, recorded 294 tackles (166 solo) and 3.5 sacks during his four-year tenure at Louisiana-Lafayette. He led the Ragin’ Cajuns in tackles each of the last two years, with 98 as a junior and 132 in his senior season. He was also second on the team in tackles for loss with 11 and had one interception, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

Gordon, 5-11 and 210 pounds, played in 46 games with 38 starts at Michigan. The four-time letterman was credited with 220 tackles (128 solo), three sacks, six interceptions and six pass defenses. In 2013, he played in 11 games and had 49 tackles (28 solo) and a career-high three interceptions. He played at Cass Technical High School in Detroit.




4 comments
Michael Stewart
Michael Stewart

WIth these undrafted signees, Giants are hoping for lightning in a bottle and at least one pans out. The fact that 4 of the 5 are DL tells me that the Giants still feel they need depth at the defensive side of the ball on the line. Still lots of time to add and subtract and as always, plenty of talent available after cuts during training camp.

cole3244
cole3244

could there be another cruz out there, anything is possible.

Anthony Cavasinni
Anthony Cavasinni

I do like defensive tackles Kelcy Quarles of South Carolina (can be a stud)and Eathyn Manumaleuna of BYU (nice project) , defensive end Kerry Wynn of Richmond(pretty slow but very strong). The other 2 I'm not to sure about. Also I guess we didn't sign that TE us fans have been looking for :/ but I do still believe in Donnell and Robinson!

Anthony Cavasinni
Anthony Cavasinni

Speaking of TEs I actually really like what I saw from Xavier Grimble from USC, I really hope that signing goes official because he looks like a real coachable player that we can groom to become a starter. Especially if Adrien Robinson doesn't pan out.