The New York Giants have signed defensive back Rashaan Gaulden from their practice squad to the active roster. The move fills the hole created by waiving Janoris Jenkins and brings their active roster up to 53 players.
Gaulden was originally signed to the Giants’ practice squad just two weeks ago on Dec. 4. Gaulden is a 6-foot-1, 200-pound defensive back who was originally drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the third round of the 2018 NFL Draft. He spent his first two years with the Panthers, playing in 24 games, with his last being Nov. 24 of this year. In his 24 games as a Panther, he had 18 total tackles, 2 tackles for a loss, and 1 forced fumble.
Gaulden is listed as a cornerback but lacks the elite athleticism seen from players at the position. At Tennessee he played as both a safety and as a “big nickel” in the box, showing good instincts as a downhill player against the run.
In a related move, the Giants also signed defensive lineman Kevin Wilkins to round out their practice squad. Wilkins, 6-feet-2 and 304 pounds, was originally signed this past spring by the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted free agent out of Rutgers. He was waived as a part of final cut downs, and was most recently on the Eagles’ practice squad from Dec. 3-10.