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Giants free agency: DE George Selvie signs

Giants add a veteran defensive end.

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The New York Giants' unassuming offseason marches on. The team announced today that they have signed free agent defensive end -- and former Dallas Cowboy -- George Selvie. Selvie was expected to visit with the Giants on Thursday, but due to a delayed flight met with them this morning. The meeting obviously went well, as the Giants wasted no time in signing him. This isn't the first time the Giants met with Selvie, bringing him in for a tryout in their rookie mini-camp in 2013

Where Selvie fits

Selvie, basically, takes the roster spot of the released Mathias Kiwanuka. He likely fits as the run-stopping complement to Robert Ayers and Damontre Moore, both lighter players who are noted more for their pass-rushing skills than their ability to hold up against the run.

The 6-foot-4, 270-pound Selvie has 13 career sacks, 10 the past two seasons, but is really a run-stuffing defensive end with limited pass-rush skills. Selvie has had positive Pro Football Focus grades against the run in each of the past three seasons, along with corresponding negative grades as a pass rusher.

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Selvie is the second run-stopping defensive lineman the Giants, last in the league at 4.9 yards per carry allowed a season, have signed this week. They also added massive defensive tackle Kenrick Ellis.

Selvie also provides the Giants veteran depth. It seems highly unlikely that a signing like this one would preclude the Giants from selecting a pass-rushing defensive end early in the draft should there be one available that they like.

Your thoughts, Giants fans?

--- NOTE: Thanks to 'Rap' for getting this published while I was at the gym.