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Giants free agency: OL James Brewer signs with New York Jets, per report

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Offensive lineman never established himself with Giants

James Brewer
James Brewer
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The New York Jets are apparently hoping they could do what the New York Giants never could -- unlock the physical ability of offensive lineman James Brewer and turn him into a real NFL player. The Jets today have reportedly signed Brewer to a one-year deal.

A fourth-round pick by the Giants in 2011, Brewer has athleticism and the ability to play every position on the offensive line except center. He was, however, never able to establish himself as a reliable, full-time player for the Giants.

He started eight games when injuries devastated the line in 2013. When injuries struck again in 2014, however, the Giants turned elsewhere. Brewer played in only two games last season.

The Giants recently signed veteran swing tackle Marshall Newhouse, ostensibly to replace Brewer.

On Wednesday, the Giants announced the signing of a former Jet, defensive lineman Kenrick Ellis.

-- Check our Giants free agency tracker for all the latest news.