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Giants roster moves: Defensive backs shuffled, backups QBs added

Giants make several roster moves before Sunday night’s game vs. Browns

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Clayton Thorson
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The New York Giants announced a bevy of roster moves on Saturday.

Safety Adrian Colbert was activated from Injured reserve; Defensive backs Quincy Wilson, and Jarren Williams were standard elevations from the practice squad; Quarterback Clayton Thorson was activated from PS (COVID-19 replacement for cornerback James Bradberry); Quarterback/wide receiver Joe Webb signed to the 53-man roster; Defensive back Montre Hartage was waived to make room on the 53-man roster for Webb.

Webb’s versatility and special teams acumen is why he was recently added to the roster.

“I think he figures to our roster. I think he can figure into our room, which he’s done some things in practice, he figures into the quarterback room, which he’s done some things in practice, and he factors into the special teams role, which he has done some things in practice,’ wide receivers coach Tyke Tolbert said this week.

“I think he factors in as a football player, not as a particular one-position kind of guy.”

The first implication of all of those moves is that it is relatively certain that quarterback Daniel Jones will be inactive Sunday night against the Cleveland Browns. Thorson would be the likely backup for Colt McCoy, and Webb would be an emergency quarterback.

The Giants massively shuffled their secondary.

Bradberry landing on the Reserve/COVID-19 list and the waiving earlier in the week of cornerback/special teamer Brandon Williams had left the Giants with only one true cornerback — Isaac Yiadom — on the roster.

Jarren Williams, an undrafted free agent rookie cornerback, is being elevated from the practice squad for the second time. Wilson, a four-year veteran cornerback who started the season with the New York Jets, is getting his first elevation.

The waiving of Hartage, a second-year player who played 19 defensive snaps at safety last week vs. the Arizona Cardinals, might seem a bit surprising.

The moves also bolstered the Giants on special teams. Colbert was being used as a punt gunner before going on IR with a shoulder injury. Webb is an experienced NFL player who has performed in a variety of roles on special teams. Jarren Williams had a tackle last week in kickoff coverage.