In the NFL, one man’s misfortune is another man’s opportunity. Thus it is that the New York Giants, after losing Odell Beckham Jr. and Dwayne Harris to season-ending injuries, and also seeing Sterling Shepard and Brandon Marshall suffer injuries, are going about the business of rebuilding their fractured wide receiver group.
The Giants are reportedly promoting wide receiver Travis Rudolph from the practice squad to the 53-man roster, news that was first reported by NFL insider Ian Rapoport. The Giants, per a source, are also re-signing wide receiver Darius Powe to the practice squad to fill Rudolph’s spot.
Per ESPN’s Jordan Ranaan, the Giants are also expected to re-sign wide receiver Tavarres King. He was waived by the Giants earlier in the season.
Rapoport also reported that Shepard will miss “a few weeks” with an ankle injury, and that Marshall also has an ankle sprain. Rapoport did not say how much, if any, time Marshall will miss.
Rudolph, an undrafted free agent rookie, became a fan favorite in the preseason when he caught nine passes for 157 yards (17.4 yards per catch). He averaged 2.7 yards on three punt returns and 22.0 yards on three kickoff returns.
Powe caught one preseason pass for 15 yards. Throughout the spring and the early portion of training camp he appeared on his way to earning a spot on the 53-man roster before suffering an ankle injury and being waived. Powe spent all of last season on the Giants’ practice squad.
The Giants have not yet made either move official.
Since Sunday night’s report that Beckham has a fractured ankle there have no further updates on if, or when, Beckham will have surgery.