The New York Giants have promoted linebacker Curtis Grant from the practice squad and waived wide receiver Tavarres King. The move offers them protection with middle linebacker B.J. Goodson expected to miss Monday’s game against the Detroit Lions with a shin injury.
The Giants could well play much of the game in nickel formations, using either an extra safety or cornerback to counter the Lions’ explosive passing attack.
Grant raised eyebrows in camp and the preseason with solid play and by constantly being around the ball. However, considering the communication-heavy nature of Steve Spagnuolo’s defense and the fact that Goodson has been commanding the defensive huddle all year, not having him available is a blow to the defense.
In other Giants-related news, the Jacksonville Jaguars are signing former Giants’ quarterback Ryan Nassib.
The #Jaguars signed QB Ryan Nassib, who is somewhat familiar with coach Doug Marrone from college— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 18, 2017
The Giants’ drafted Nassib out of Syracuse in the fourth round of the 2013 draft, and he backed up Eli Manning for the entirety of his career as a Giant. The move isn’t terribly surprising, considering Doug Marrone was Nassib’s coach in college and Tom Coughlin — the Jaguars’ Executive Vice President of Football Operations — was Nassib’s coach in the NFL. As well, starting quarterback Blake Bortles has struggled mightily this season, completing just 55.6 percent of his passes for just 348 yards, 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions in his first two games combined.