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Giants’ roster moves: TE Will Tye, DE Robert Thomas re-signed, per report

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Nikita Whitlock apparently will not return

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The New York Giants have continued to make some decisions that will help shape the team’s 2017 roster. ESPN is reporting that the Giants have re-signed tight end Will Tye and defensive tackle Robert Thomas, both of whom were exclusive rights free agents.

Tye caught 48 passes in 2016. The Giants, who are expected to try and add a tight end in the 2017 NFL Draft, also re-signed Matt LaCosse, who spent the 2016 season on IR after playing in two games for the Giants in 2015.

Thomas played in eight games for the Giants with one sack and five tackles. He could have a bigger role in 2017 if the Giants are unable to re-sign Johnathan Hankins.

ESPN also reported that the Giants will not bring back fullback Nikita Whitlock or wide receiver Ben Edwards, both of whom spent the 2016 season on IR. Whitlock played in 14 games in 2015 as a fullback and part-time defensive tackle. He was also suspended for 10 games last season for a PED violation. The Giants still have fullback/tight end Will Johnson, who spent last season on IR, under contract.

Edwards played in two games in 2015 with one reception.