With a need for a punt returner the New York Giants have promoted Da’Mari Scott from their practice squad to the team’s 53-man roster. Scott takes the place of wide receiver Bennie Fowler, who was waived on Tuesday.
Golden Tate (concussion) and Jabrill Peppers (transverse process fracture) have been handling punt returns for the Giants, but with both having been injured against the Chicago Bears the Giants needed an option there.
Scott, a 24-year-old wide receiver, played three games for the Buffalo Bills last season. He did not catch any passes and was not used as a return man by the Bills.
At Fresno State, Scott returned seven punts for an average of 7.6 yards and 73 kickoffs for an averaged of 21.4 yards.
Scott was with the Giants in training camp but was waived at his own request on Aug. 21. He re-signed to the practice squad on Oct. 1. Scott caught two passes for 47 yards in the preseason and fair caught one punt.
Other punt return options for the Giants include Antonio Hamilton, who averaged 21.7 yards on 23 punt returns for South Carolina State, and rookies Corey Ballentine and Darius Slayton.
To replace Scott on the practice squad, the Giants have re-signed former Monmouth star wide receiver Reggie White Jr.