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Giants add Niko Lalos to 53-man roster, sign Joe Webb to practice squad

Giants bolster linebacker depth, add intriguing “Swiss Army Knife”

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Niko Lalos (57) after recovering a fumble on Sunday.
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After coming up with takeaways in his first two NFL games, undrafted free agent edge defender Niko Lalos has been signed to the 53-man roster by the New york Giants.

An undrafted free agent from Dartmouth, the 6-foot-5, 270-pound Lalos had an interception in 8 snaps in his NFL debut Week 12 vs. Cincinnati. In 26 snaps last Sunday, Lalos had a fumble recovery and made 2 tackles.

The Giants had used practice squad elevations for Lalos in each of those two games. now, he is officially part of the roster.

The Giants also signed veteran jack of all trades Joe Webb to their practice squad.

A 2010 sixth-roound pick by the Minnesota Vikings, Webb has started four games at quarterback and thrown 159 regular-season passes during his career. he has also caught 10 passes, rushed the ball 50 times, returned 18 kickoffs and made 28 tackles.

Webb has not appeared in an NFL game since 2018, when he played in five games for the Houston Texans.

“Joe is here to be a football player,” special teams coordinator Thomas McGaughey said last week. “Joe is a Swiss Army knife. Joe can do a little bit of everything. He’s the perfect guy I would say to come in in this COVID environment, because he can do so many different jobs. Not to say that Joe’s the end all be all, but when you get a guy that has that type of versatility and position flex, you can play him at a bunch of different spots and he can fill some holes for you.”

To make room for Lalos and Webb, the Giants waived linebacker Trent Harris and terminated the practice squad contract of tight end Nakia Griffin-Stewart. Harris appeared in four games, compiling a half-sack and 3 tackles in 70 defensive snaps. Griffin-Stewart was signed to the practice squad Nov. 24.