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Giants’ WR Cody Core to IR with torn Achilles; Graham Gano signed

Key special teams contributor will be missed

Cody Core
Matthew Swensen []

[UPDATE 7:33 p.m.] The Giants reportedly giving Graham Gano a one-year contract with $1 million guaranteed and a maximum value of $2.5 million.

[UPDATE 12:57 p.m.] The Giants officially placed Cody Core on injured reserve Wednesday afternoon with a torn Achilles tendon. The Giants announced the signing of placekicker Graham Gano to take Core’s spot on the team’s 80-man roster.

Core suffered his injury while running a pass route during an 11-on-11 drill on Tuesday evening. Core is the first player the Giants have placed on injured reserve this season.

Cody Core, a backup wide wide receiver and key special teams player for the New York Giants, will reportedly miss the 2020 season after suffering a torn Achilles tendon during Tuesday evening’s practice.

A source confirmed the report on Wednesday morning.

This is a significant loss for the Giants’ special teams. After being claimed on waivers from the Cincinnati Bengals at the beginning of the 2019 season Core proved to be an elite special teams gunner. Core made 8 special teams tackles in 2019, six of them solo. Core played 282 special teams snaps for the Giants in 2019, 62 percent of special teams plays.

The Giants signed the 26-year-old four-year NFL veteran to a two-year, $4 million contract during the offseason.

Core’s loss is the Giants’ first significant injury of 2020. Along with Nate Ebner, Core was expected to be one of the leaders of the Giants’ special teams this season.

His loss, though, will likely open a spot for one of the plethora of young, unproven wide receivers the Giants have on their 80-man roster.