The New York Giants have signed middle linebacker James Morris to their 53-man roster.
Morris was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the New England Patriots following the 2014 draft. He was cut and re-signed over the course of that offseason before being placed on the injured reserve as a part of the Patriots' final cut-down that year. He was back on the field in the 2015 preseason and earned praise from Bill Belichick
"Yeah, he plays hard," Belichick said. "He gives you great effort out there on the field in all situations -- defensively and in the kicking game -- works hard in practice, prepares hard. He's rehabbed off his injury from last year, works hard in the weight room, the training room. He's a typical Iowa kid. He's tough, hard-working, blue collar, dependable, consistent."
Our sister site for the Iowa Hawkeyes, Black Heart Gold Pants, had this to say on Morris:
WAS THIS A GOOD FREE AGENT PICK UP?
You generally know what you get with an Iowa football player. Morris will work hard on the practice field and do the little things off the field to become a better football player. He can contribute right away on special teams and learn the defense quickly if called into action. He won't be an impact player or starter right away but he should be a dependable reserve option at middle linebacker.
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The Giants signed Morris to their practice squad in September of 2015, and signed him to their 53-man roster before leaving for New Orleans. To make room for Morris, the Giants waived cornerback Brandon McGee.
Stay tuned for more news as the Giants go to play the New Orleans Saints.