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Giants claim DT Robert Thomas off waivers from Carolina Panthers, release Montori Hughes

The Giants claimed a defensive tackle off waivers and released one in a corresponding move.

Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

We may never know how active the New York Giants were on the waiver wire in 2016. It's a blind auction and there are nine teams who have higher priority when it comes to being awarded players.

But we do know they claimed former Carolina Panther, Robert Thomas.

Thomas is a big, stout nose tackle at 6-foot-3, and weighing in at roughly 330 pounds. He was originally signed by the Washington Redskins as an undrafted free agent out of Arkansas before being signed to the Panthers' practice squad. Thomas was regarded as a team leader at Arkansas and what he lacked in pass rush he made up for with his ability to control blockers.

Carolina has a deep and talented defensive tackle rotation, so Thomas' not cracking their roster might not be an indication of his ability.

In a corresponding move, the Giants released nose tackle Montori Hughes.

Of the two surprising cuts made by the Giants, Geremy Davis and Andre Williams, Davis was signed to the Giants' practice squad while Williams was claimed by the San Diego Chargers.