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Giants 90-man roster breakdown: DB Josh Gordy a valuable pickup

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What role will Gordy play for the Giants?

Josh Gordy with the Indianapolis Colts
Josh Gordy with the Indianapolis Colts
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New York Giants general manager Jerry Reese has often made under-the-radar signings that have ended up helping the team significantly. Will defensive back Josh Gordy, signed as a free agent this offseason, be one of those? Let's look at Gordy as we continue our player-by-player profiles of the 90-man roster the Giants will bring to training camp.

2014 Season in Review

Gordy was a reserve defensive back for the Indianapolis Colts. He played in all 16 games, but started only one. Gordy played 185 defensive snaps for the Colts, filling in at both outside cornerback spots, playing some in the slot and filling in at free safety for handful of snaps. A Giants-related footnote is that Gordy was the defender on Corey Washington's first and only NFL touchdown reception of 2014.

2015 Season Outlook

The Giants signed the versatile Gordy as a free agent, and GM Jerry Reese said at the time that he considered the 5-foot-11, 195-pound five-year veteran to be a safety. Maybe it's because of the drafting of Landon Collins and Mykkele Thompson, but head coach Tom Coughlin and defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo don't appear to see Gordy the same way Reese does. Throughout OTAs the Giants have been using Gordy at cornerback, and it looks as though he is one of a group of players including Trumaine McBride and Mike Harris who are getting significant work in the slot.

In the end, the 28-year-old Gordy could be a valuable reserve for the Giants. As noted, he has experience at all of the corner slots. He also had experience at free safety, even though he has not been practicing there. Also, don't underestimate the importance of the fact that Gordy played for Spagnuolo in 2011 with the St. Louis Rams. That, in fact, was his best NFL season. He started nine games, had three interceptions and five passes defensed.