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Giants Roster Moves: CB Mykkele Thompson Waived/Injured, LB Jimmy Herman Signed

Thompson’s time with the Giants has likely come to an end.

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Thursday morning the New York Giants announced that they have waived (injured) cornerback Mykkele Thompson.

Thompson was drafted out of the University of Texas in the fifth round of the 2015 draft. Despite showing a tantalizing blend of size and athleticism, Thompson’s career with the Giants has been sabotaged by injury.

His rookie season was ended by a torn Achilles tendon in the preseason opener. Thompson’s second season (2016) was ended by a knee injury in the Giants’ week-two game against the New Orleans Saints.

Despite his injury history, Thompson has been competing for a spot on the cornerback depth chart -- a change from previous seasons when he was listed as a safety. He has missed practices this camp with a quad injury. Thompson will likely pass through waivers and be placed on the Giants’ injured reserve list for a third straight season.

In the corresponding roster move, the Giants signed rookie linebacker Jimmy Herman out of Purdue.

Herman was a converted safety at Purdue, measuring 6 feet, 3 inches, 219 pounds at the Purdue pro day. He tested out well, with a 4.64sec 40 yard dash, 7.00sec 3-cone drill, 4.31 short shuttle, a 34-inch vertical jump and 10’7” broad jump. It will be interesting to see whether the Giants view Herman as a safety, a linebacker, or something in-between.