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Giants sign receivers Amba Etta-Tawo and T.J. Jones to reinforce an ailing receiving corps [Updated]

Etta-Tawo was a training camp sensation for the Giants in 2018

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The New York Giants have signed wide receivers Amba Etta-Tawo and T.J. Jones after holding a workout for veteran receivers on Saturday.

An undrafted free agent in 2017, the Giants originally signed Etta-Tawo to their practice squad in December of that year. Etta-Tawo became a fan favorite over the course of last year’s off-season, training camp, and pre-season.

Much of the excitement came from plays such as this one:

He was waived in the team’s final cut-downs but quickly signed to the Giants’ practice squad, where he spent part of the season.

Jones was drafted out of Notre Dame by the Detroit Lions in the sixth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. Jones isn’t particularly big at 5-foot-11, 190 pounds, but he has the reputation as a smooth route runner with good hands. Jones didn’t play in 2014, but from 2015 to 2018 he caught 64 passes and 4 touchdowns for the Lions.

The Giants’ receiving corps took a hit early in training camp when Sterling Shepard and Corey Coleman both suffered injuries in the team’s first full practice. The team also stands to lose Golden Tate for the first four games of the season for a violation of the NFL’s policy on performance enhancing substances.

Fortunately, Shepard’s seems to just be a short-term injury, but Coleman’s season is over after tearing his ACL. And with rookie Darius Slayton dealing with hamstring issues, and Tate’s potential suspension, the team’s depth chart got scary fast.

In corresponding roster moves, the Giants have placed Corey Coleman on the injured reserve list and waived recently re-signed kicker Joey Slye.