Depth in the secondary was already a concern for the New York Giants. Then in the past couple days, the Giants lost Sam Beal for the season and players like Donte Deayon, Curtis Riley, and Teddy Williams have missed time for varying reasons. William Gay also left practice early on Friday with a leg injury.
That led to a massive workout of defensive backs after practice on Friday, which included former Tampa Bay Buccaneer Alterraun Verner and former Panther Zack Sanchez. Out of the workout, the Giants signed Leonard Johnson, who has spent time with four times over his six-year career. He was in Carolina with Dave Gettleman during the 2016 season. During that season, he appeared in 10 games, playing on 40.8 percent of the defensive snaps and 3.5 percent of the special teams snaps.
The #Giants are signing former #Bills and #Panthers CB Leonard Johnson, source said, a player GM Dave Gettleman had in Carolina. They’d also worked out veteran FA CB Alterraun Verner.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 3, 2018
Johnson spent last season with the Buffalo Bills, where he appeared in 15 games and started seven. He played 60.7 percent of Buffalo’s defensive snaps and another 19.9 percent of the special teams snaps.
Per Sports Info Solutions charting from Football Outsiders, Johnson finished 65th among 81 qualified cornerbacks in yards allowed per pass last season, but 78th in Success Rate.
To make room for Johnson, the Giants waived cornerback Kenneth Durden. The Giants had waived Durden when they selected Sam Beal in the Supplemental Draft, then brought him back when Durden went on IR. Now, he’s out of a job again.