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Matt LaCosse returns to Giants, is added to practice squad

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Giants bolster tight end depth.

Matt LaCosse
Matt LaCosse
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It isn't the sexy NFL Trade Deadline move that some New York Giants fans were hoping for, but rookie tight end Matt LaCosse is returning to the team.

LaCosse signed with the Giants this spring as an undrafted free agent out of Illinois. He was waived/injured by the team on Aug. 1 due to a hamstring injury. LaCosse was briefly with the New York Jets after the Giants waived him. League rules regarding the injury settlement LaCosse received prevented the Giants from re-signing LaCosse until now.

LaCosse was impressive in OTAs and mini-camp with both his pass-catching ability and willingness to block. Before suffering the injury, LaCosse was probably ahead of Will Tye, now on the 53-man roster, on the Giants' depth chart.

Here's a comment about LaCosse's spring from Giants' tight ends coach Kevin Gilbride Jr.:

"He's not only book smart, he can take the book smart as far as the techniques we're teaching as far as the assignments we're giving and the motions and bring it to the field and have the calm about him to not make a mistake," Gilbride said. "He has a large catch radius. If the ball is thrown high he can go up and get it."

Giant tight end Larry Donnell was injured on Sunday against the New Orleans Saints, leaving Tye as the only fully healthy tight end on the roster. Jerome Cunningham is also on the practice squad, so perhaps this is an indication that Cunningham may be headed for a bump back to the active roster.