When New York Giants general manager Jerry Reese was on the Boomer and Carton show on WFAN earlier in the week, he was asked what he does now that the roster is pretty much finished.
His response is that his work is never truly over, as the roster is never really "finished".
That statement was proven Friday when the Giants waived receiver Chris Harper as injured, and signed rookie safety Justin Halley of Florida International University to fill the open roster spot. Harper is the fourth fringe player the Giants have waived with the injured designation since the beginning of camp. Harper joins receiver Ben Edwards, tight end Matt LaCosse, and defensive end Brad Harrah.
Halley is a tall, rangy safety at 6-2, 195 pounds. He showed intriguing athleticism at his pro day:
|40 yard dash||4.54 seconds|
|Short Shuttle||6.81 seconds|
|3-Cone Drill||4.39 seconds|
|Vertical Jump||37.5 inches|
Halley's 40 time, short shuttle, and jumps would all have placed in the top 5 among safeties at the NFL scouting combine.
The undrafted safety is a player that Dane Brugler of CBSsports calls a "tough, aggressive player with [the] desired range for the next level".
Perhaps part of the reason why Halley went undrafted is because he split time in college between football and a modeling career. Not only do GM's view "part-time" players with suspicion, but being a model in particular could make for some interesting locker room interactions.
It remains to be seen what, if anything, this signing means for injured second year safety Nat Berhe