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New York Giants roster moves: CB Asa Jackson, DT Louis Nix III claimed off waivers

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Giants get help on defense

Louis Nix III
Louis Nix III
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Giants were awarded a pair of veteran defensive players off waivers Sunday. Cornerback Asa Jackson and defensive tackle Louis Nix have been added to the roster. To make room for them on the 53-man roster, defensive tackle Kenrick Ellis was released and cornerback Mike Harris was waived.

Nix is a run-stopping 6-foot-2, 331-pound defensive tackle formerly from Notre Dame. He was drafted in the third round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Houston Texans, but never played as knee surgery and a wrist injury landed him on injured reserve. The Texans cut ties with Nix this preseason.

Jackson, 25, was a fifth-round pick by the Baltimore Ravens in 2012. He played in 14 games during that three-year period. Last season, he played in seven games, starting six. Significantly, Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo was the Baltimore defensive backs coach a season ago.

Incidentally, all players released by the Giants cleared waivers. Wide receiver Corey Washington (waived/injured) cleared waivers and is now on the Giants' injured reserve list.