Montori Hughes is a 6-foot-4, 350-pound monster of a man. He is the replacement for the out-for-the-season Johnathan Hankins on the New York Giants' 53-man roster. He has 16 games of experience with the Indianapolis Colts and was a 2013 fifth-round draft pick. He had been on the Giants' practice squad. We can get all that stuff from the press release the Giants sent out announcing the roster move.
What are the Giants really getting in Hughes, though? Let's find out from Josh Wilson of SB Nation's Colts web site, Stampede Blue. Here is what Josh wrote about Hughes, via e-mail:
Montori Hughes did a solid job for the Colts, and while he wasn't great it was still a surprise when they cut him as part of the final roster cut downs this year. The Colts traded up in the 2013 draft to get him in the fifth round, and in two years with the Colts he played in 16 games. In 2014, he had a noticeable impact, as he played in 14 games and started one, serving as a depth player who was involved in the rotation. That was expected to be his role once again this year, but instead the Colts opted to go with a few other, less experienced players.
He is a versatile player who can help out at various spots along the defensive line and is a nice depth guy to have around. As a part of a rotation, Hughes can have a solid impact. He's not going to be a guy who transforms a defense or suddenly helps turn the run defense around, but he is a guy who can provide solid play in a rotational role.
The Giants are really looking for one thing from Hughes -- solid run defense in a limited number of snaps. The Giants seemingly have been looking for a run-stuffing defensive tackle all season, having tried Kenrick Ellis, Louis Nix III (brought back to the practice squad) and now Hughes.
With Hankins gone the Giants have to hope Hughes is the player they have been looking for.