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Giants’ 90-man roster: Defensive back Henre’ Toliver has an uphill battle

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Former AAF player facing heavy competition to be among final 53

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Henre’ Toliver with the Colts during 2018 training camp.
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When the bizarre and short-lived life of the AAF came to a conclusion, the New York Giants took advantage by signing former Salt Lake Stallions defensive back Henre’ Toliver. Let’s take a look at what Toliver might bring to the Giants as we continue profiling the 90 players the Giants will bring to training camp.

The basics

Height: 6-foot
Weight: 190
Age: 22
Position: Defensive back
Experience: 1

How he got here

Toliver played 46 collegiate games at cornerback for the Arkansas Razorbacks. He was not selected in the 2018 NFL Draft after testing poorly at the NFL Scouting Combine, but hooked on with the Indianapolis Colts as an undrafted free agent. He had 10 tackles and a pass defensed in the preseason, but did not make the 53-man roster.

Toliver landed in the AAF, where he played four games with the Stallions. In 125 coverage snaps, he was targeted 14 times and gave up eight receptions. His Pro Football Focus coverage grade was 71.7, for whatever that’s worth.

More important to the Giants than any of his grades, might have been Toliver’s versatility. Toliver played 72 snaps in the box, 76 at free safety, 18 at cornerback and 43 at free safety.

2019 outlook

Toliver would appear to have a difficult path to the Giants’ 53-man roster.

At cornerback, the Giants have Janoris Jenkins and a plethora of young players in whom they are more heavily invested. Those include 2019 draft picks DeAndre Baker, Julian Love and Corey Ballentine, 2019 Supplemental Draft selection Sam Beal and second-year man Grant Haley. They also have veterans Antonio Hamilton and Tony Lippett, with Hamilton having been a key special teams player a season ago.

At safety, the Giants have Jabrill Peppers, Antoine Bethea and Michael Thomas as likely roster locks. Sean Chandler and Kenny Ladler are alsolikely ahead of Toliver on the depth chart at that spot entering training camp.

If he shows well enough athletically during training camp and the preseason, perhaps Toliver’s versatility makes him a practice squad candidate.