The New York Giants placed two players on injured reserve, slot CB Walter Thurmond III and WR Jerrel Jernigan. Thurmond was expected as he underwent successful surgery on his torn pec, but Jernigan was a bit of a surprise and essentially tells us that he's got a serious injury.
The corresponding moves to the 53 man roster include promoting both former Notre Dame ILB Dan Fox and former UMass WR Julian Talley from the Giants practice squad. To fill those spots, the Giants also signed former Florida A&M WR Travis Harvey and former Missouri WR L'Damian Washington to the practice squad. Harvey was with the Giants in the offseason program and made a few plays for them in the preseason, while Washington was a member of the Dallas Cowboys' training camp. For what it's worth, Cowboy fans weren't all that thrilled that Washington was let go early in the process.
Back to Jernigan, it's an unfortunate injury for a player that was named Pro Football Focus' best New York Giants offensive player in 2013, accumulating a +8.3 grade (most of which in the last 3 games). He had mixed reviews this offseason and was questionably placed outside, but nonetheless, losing a receiver that has in-game experience hurts. It's more troubling for him as this was his contract year. The Arizona Cardinals game could very well have been his last as a Giant. It's up to the newcomers on offense to now pick up the slack. Who will that be?
The Giants are hoping that at some point in the next month Odell Beckham, Jr., will step up and get over his hamstring injury that has plagued him for months now. With Rueben Randle and Victor Cruz struggling, and now with Jernigan gone, the team is desperate for someone to step up and Beckham has the ability to do just that.
We've got the "preseason superstar" in Corey Washington, who has been sparingly used thus far in the early going, earning only two reps in two games.
We also have Preston Parker, who has definitely flashed as a punt returner, but also got reps ahead of Washington in the Arizona Cardinals game. He was targeted once that game, which he caught for a 29 yard gain.
Finally, we have the newly brought up Julian Talley, a long strider that was on the squad last year but had not made much of an impact.
The Giants also now have to hope for Victor Cruz and Rueben Randle to step up to an even greater degree and Larry Donnell will likely see more targets. It's a banged up group for sure.
Update on Jon Beason
The Giants have also provided an update on Jon Beason's status. He re-aggravated his toe injury that kept him out all offseason and is now on his way for further tests. The promotion of ILB Dan Fox is also suggestive that Beason's injury will keep him out for awhile. Beason may visit foot specialist Dr. Robert Anderson later in the week (h/t BBV user "Great Gatsby").
As always, we'll keep you updated when more information arises on the situation.
[Update: Giants also sign former Texas - El Paso UDFA OLB James Davidson to their practice squad. Was with the Cincinnati Bengals.]