The practice squad moves you guys have been talking about are now official. The New York Giants have released safety Sha'reef Rashad and cornerback Seth Williams, and have added defensive backs Brian Jackson and Brandon Hughes.
Hughes, 5-10 and 181 pounds, was a 2009 fifth-round draft choice by the San Diego Chargers, the 148th overall selection. He spent the entire 2009 season on injured reserve with a knee injury. Hughes returned to play all four preseason games this year. He finished with 12 tackles and four passes defensed. Hughes was waived by the Chargers on Tuesday.
Jackson, 6-0 and 199 pounds, was signed by the Jets as a rookie free agent on April 30 of this year. He played in all four preseason games and had four tackles, four passes defensed and a forced fumble, with three of the pass breakups and the forced fumble in last week's finale at Philadelphia. Jackson was also waived Tuesday.
Williams was not really impressive during the preseason, so removing him is no big surprise. The Giants have two seasons invested in Rashad, though, so giving up on him could not have been an easy move for the organization.