Like another player signed to a reserve/future contract by the New York Giants, wide receiver Samuel Giguere's football roots stem from Canada. While Martell Mallett (see profile) was a member of the Canadian Football League's BC Lions, Giguere was drafted by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats as the eighth overall pick in the 2008 CFL Draft, but never actually took a snap in the league.
Instead, Giguere elected to try his luck in the NFL when the Indianapolis Colts signed him as an undrafted free agent shortly after. He was waived during the Colts' final training camp cuts in 2008, but ended up on their practice squad, where he spent the entire season.
After the Colts signed him to a reserve/future contract, he bounced on and off the practice squad until later December 2009, when he was promoted to the active roster. However, he was released again during last season's final cuts. The New York Giants signed Giguere to their practice squad last October and offered him a reserve/future contract in January 2011.
In college, Giguere starred at the Université de Sherbrooke Vert-et-Or in southern Quebec. Giguere hauled in 95 catches for 1,950 yards (20.53 per reception) and 17 touchdowns in 24 starts in three years there, and he also contributed 29 kick returns for 693 yards (22.5 yards per return) and five touchdowns.
Now listed at 5-foot-11, 215 pounds, Giguere was clocked at 4.49 seconds in the 40-yard dash at a pre-draft test in Toronto. Giguere compares similarly to the Colts' Pierre Garçon (6-foot, 210 pounds), who ran a 4.48 40 at the 2008 NFL Scouting Combine. Giguere shares the same height as current Giants' receivers Steve Smith and Mario Manningham, who are listed at 195 and 183 pounds, respectively.
Given the state of the back end of the Giants' wide receiver depth chart, namely Mike Clayton, Devin Thomas, Duke Calhoun and Victor Cruz, Giguere could have a chance to make the roster. Yet, the Giants also signed another wide receiver to a reserve/future contract in January, Todd Watkins.
Chance of sticking around: Possible