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Giants roster moves: DE Niko Lalos, QB Clayton Thorson elevated from practice squad

Lalos provided EDGE depth, Thorson could be No. 2 QB

New York Giants v Cincinnati Bengals
Niko Lalos makes a diving interception.
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The New York Giants Saturday elevated defensive end Niko Lalos and quarterback Clayton Thorson from their practice squad. Both will be eligible to play Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks.

Lalos, an undrafted free agent rookie from Dartmouth, had an interception in his NFL debut last Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals. With Kyler Fackrell on IR, Lalos could be a big part of the defensive rotation on Sunday.

Thorson has been on the practice squad since Sept. 30. He was a fifth-round draft choice out of Northwestern by Philadelphia in 2019. He spent last season on the Eagles’ practice squad before signing on Dec. 31 with Dallas, who released him at the end of training camp.

Thorson will be the backup quarterback to Colt McCoy on Sunday should Daniel Jones (hamstring) be unable to play. Thorson has never thrown a pass in an NFL game.

The Giants also signed veteran quarterback Alex Tanney to their practice squad. Tanney, of course, was with the Giants the past two seasons.

Finally, running back Devonta Freeman, on IR with an ankle injury, has been placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list, as well.