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Giants’ roster moves: QB Keith Wenning among three added to practice squad

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Shuffle is probably about creating competition for 2017

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Keith Wenning throws a pass in a 2015 preseason game.
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The 2016 regular season may be almost over, but the roster shuffling continues. The New York Giants today announced the signing of three players to their practice squad — quarterback Keith Wenning, running back Jacob Huesman and safety Ryan Murphy.

The Giants had two players from their practice squad, running back Russell Hansbrough and safety Christian Bryant, terminate their contracts to join the 53-man rosters of other NFL teams for Week 17.

Wenning, 6-3 and 225 pounds, was a sixth-round draft choice by the Baltimore Ravens in 2014, from Ball State. He spent that season on the Ravens’ practice squad. After his release in June 2015, Wenning was signed by the Cincinnati Bengals, with whom he did stints on both the practice squad and active roster. He has not appeared in a regular-season game. In the 2016 preseason, Wenning completed 21-of-43 passes for 212 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions. He was waived by Cincinnati on Sept. 3.

Ryan Nassib, currently on injured reserve, and Josh Johnson have been the backups to Eli Manning this season. Neither Nassib nor Johnson has a contract beyond this season. Perhaps signing Wenning now is an indication they hope he could compete for a roster spot in 2017.

Huesman was a quarterback at Tennessee-Chattanooga. He holds school records for rushing yards with 4,051, touchdowns with 43, rushes with 788 and most 100-yard rushing games with 15. He spent time this year with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the CFL. Huesman is 6-foot-1, 216 pounds.

Murphy, 6-foot and 213 pounds, was a seventh-round draft choice by the Seattle Seahawks in 2015, from Oregon State. He was released at the end of training camp spent most of the last two seasons on the practice squad of the Denver Broncos, who released him in late November.