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Giants sign former Miami cornerback Tony Lippett

Giants fill roster spot vacated by trade of Eli Apple

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The New York Giants have signed cornerback Tony Lippett to the active roster. Lippett was reportedly already signed and in the locker room on Thursday morning introducing himself to his new teammates.

After the trade of Eli Apple, the Giants needed more depth in the secondary. Lippett, 6-foot-3, 192 pounds, was a fifth-round pick of the Miami Dolphins in 2015 and played under Giants current defensive backs coach Lou Anarumo. He was a wide receiver at Michigan State, who also played on defense and was converted to cornerback full-time in the NFL. After being a starter for 13 games in 2016 for the Dolphins, Lippett tore his Achilles before the 2017 season and missed the entire year. Miami released Lippett during training camp this year and he has been a free agent since. He worked out for the Giants prior to Week 1, but nothing was done at the time.

Per Sports Info Solutions charting from Football Outsiders, Lippett ranked 46th in yards allowed per pass and 41st in success rate among 84 qualified cornerbacks in 2016. As would be expected as a converted wide receiver, Lippett’s ball skills were good at that time — he led the Dolphins with four interceptions and had 10 passes defensed.