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Giants roster move: LB B.J. Goodson traded, David Mayo signed

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Another Jerry Reese draft pick is now an ex-Giant

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B.J. Goodson
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As they prepare for their first regular-season practice on Monday, the New York Giants are continuing to shuffle their 53-man roster. The Giants are trading linebacker B.J. Goodson to the Green Bay Packers.

In the trade, multiple reports indicate the Giants sent Goodson and a 2020 conditional seventh-round pick to Green Bay for a 2020 conditional seveth-round pick (from Baltimore).

The Giants signed David Mayo, an inside linebacker formerly with the Carolina Panthers, to replace Goodson. Mayo was a 2015 fifth-round pick by Dave Gettleman when he was Carolina GM.

Mayo played in 59 games with four starts and was credited with 34 tackles (23 solo) and two passes defensed, as well as 32 special teams tackles for Carolina. Mayo, 6-foot-2 and 240 pounds, was waived Saturday by the San Francisco 49ers, who had signed him as a free agent in March.

A fourth-round pick by then-GM Jerry Reese in 2016, Goodson started 13 games and made 61 tackles last season.

This season, though, it has been apparent that Goodson was no longer in the Giants’ plans. Tae Davis has taken over one of the starting linebacker spots, and fifth-round pick Ryan Connelly has been impressive.

Special teams contributor Nate Stupar is also on the roster. Undrafted free agent Josiah Tauaefa, who led the team in tackles during the preseason, is on the practice squad.

This is the fourth 53-man roster change the Giants have made since the initial roster was announced on Saturday. Cody Core replaced Alonzo Russell, Eric Tomlinson replace Sam Beal (IR) and Eric Smith replaced Brian Mihalik.