There were reports on Friday that the New York Giants were trying to trade for offensive line help. That did not come to fruition, but the Giants did make a move on their offensive line on Saturday. The team waived third-year guard Mitch Petrus, who was a disappointment during the preseason, and was awarded offensive tackle D.J. Jones off waivers from the Philadelphia Eagles.
Jones, 6-foot-5 and 310 pounds, was signed as a rookie free agent by the Miami Dolphins on July 28, 2011. He was waived, placed on the practice squad, waived off the squad and signed to the Baltimore Ravens’ practice squad, where he spent 11 weeks. The Eagles claimed him off waivers on Feb. 6 and waived him on Friday.
At Nebraska, Jones played in 30 games with 16 starts and started all 14 games at right tackle as a senior in 2010.
Petrus was the Giants’ fifth-round draft choice in 2010 from Arkansas. In two seasons with the club, he played in 17 regular-season games with three starts and he played in all four 2011 postseason games.
The Giants also announced the eight members of their practice squad, all of whom are players who were waived by the team on Friday. They are:
Wide receiver David Douglas; defensive ends Matt Broha and Craig Marshall; offensive linemen Matt McCants, Selvish Capers and Stephen Goodin; tight end Larry Donnell; and defensive back Laron Scott.
The only real surprise might be Douglas as there was much speculation that he would be claimed by a team and placed on their 53-man roster.