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Giants roster move: OLB Tuzar Skipper claimed off waivers from Steelers

The Giants grab a young pass rusher

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The New York Giants have filled their open roster spot.

It was announced Monday that the team has claimed outside linebacker Tuzar Skipper off of waivers from the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Steelers signed Skipper as an undrafted free agent out of Toledo after the 2019 NFL Draft. Skipper finished his career at Toledo on a strong note, with 60 tackles. 11.5 tackles for a loss, 8.5 sacks, and 2 forced fumbles.

Though he played defensive end in college, at 6-foot-3, 245 pounds, he was better suited for the outside linebacker position at the NFL level, and transitioned to that position for the Steelers. He played well throughout the preseason, with a sack in each of the Steelers preseason games (5.0 total), as well as 16 tackles, 7 quarterback hits and 2 forced fumbles.

He played well enough to make the Steelers’ initial 53-man roster, but was waived to make room for wide receiver Johnny Holcomb. The thought was that perhaps he could be signed to the practice squad, but the Giants pounced and put in a waiver claim.

The Giants showed very little pass rush against the Dallas Cowboys in the first week of the season. Hopefully the addition of another young EDGE will provide some help.

Injury settlements

According to the NFL’s transactions wire, the Giants have reached injury settlements with offensive tackle Chad Wheeler, linebacker Jonathan Anderson and wide receiver Brittan Golden. Wheeler has been waived and Anderson and Golden, who are vested veterans, had their contracts terminated.