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Giants roster move: CB Brandon Williams waived

Williams had been used exclusively on special teams

NFL: NOV 29 Giants at Bengals
Brandon Williams
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In a move that might point at some unhappiness with the team’s recent special teams play, the New York Giants have waived cornerback Brandon Williams.

A cornerback by trade, the 28-year-old Williams appeared in six games for the Giants this season. He did not play a single defensive snap, but played 68 special teams snaps and was often used as a punt gunner.

The Giants have struggled to cover punts in recent weeks. Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals the Giants gave up 77 yards on six returns, including returns of 24 and 17 yards.

That move leaves the Giants with a roster opening. No move has yet been announced to fill that spot, but the opening raises the possibility that Joe Webb, signed last week to the practice squad, could be added to the roster.

Webb, 34, has played quarterback, wide receiver and filled a variety of special teams roles during his career.

The Giants also protected four practice squad players this week. They are:

Quarterback Clayton Thorson, long-snapper Carson Tinker, wide receiver Binjimen Victor and cornerback Jarren Williams.