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Giants’ safety Orion Stewart trying to get off the practice squad merry-go-round

Undrafted safety spent time with three teams in 2017

NFL: New York Giants-Minicamp
Orion Stewart works on catching the ball during mandatory mini-camp. TODAY NETWORK

Orion Stewart is one of those players that dots training camp rosters all across the NFL. A guy who bounced from practice squad to practice squad a season ago, filling openings when they existed and being discarded when his team needed help at a different spot.

Stewart is now with the New York Giants, one of a big group of players competing for roster spots at safety. Let’s take a closer look at the 24-year-old as we continue our player-by-player profiles of the Giants 90-man roster.

The basics

Age: 24
Height: 6-foot-2
Weight: 205
Position: Safety
Experience: 1

2017 season in review

An undrafted free agent from Baylor, Stewart spent time on the practice squads of the Denver Broncos, Buffalo Bills and Washington Redskins.

2018 outlook

Prior to the 2017 NFL Draft, projected Stewart as a UDFA, which is what happened:

While there are some physical traits that could be appealing to teams and he has produced some ball production, he is lacking in the fluidity and speed needed for the position and he’s not enough of a banger to make a living in the box.

Stewart earned a reputation as a ballhawk at Baylor with 12 interceptions, 14 passes defensed and 3 fumble recoveries in 46 career games.

Here are Stewart’s Baylor Pro Day testing numbers:

40: 4.58
Vertical jump: 37-5
Broad jump: 10-5
Short shuttle: 4.11
Three-cone: 7.05

The Giants have Darian Thompson, Andrew Adams and Curtis Riley competing at a safety spot opposite Landon Collins. They also have veteran Michael Thomas, one of the best special teams players in the league the past few seasons.

Stewart’s primary competition, perhaps for a spot on the practice squad, appears to be undrafted free agent Sean Chandler.