Albert Breer of the MMQB is reporting that the New York Giants are working out center Jon Halapio.
Though he is listed on the “Tryout” list for Monday, Halapio’s workout will actually be Tuesday.
As Giants’ fans know, Halapio was the team’s starting center the last two years. The Giants have been very high on the converted guard, liking his work ethic, attitude, and size in the middle of their offensive line. Halapio missed time due to injury in each of the last two years, and wasn’t tendered following the ruptured Achilles he suffered in Week 17 of last season. The Giants’ brass has said throughout the off-season that they are keeping tabs on Halapio’s recovery and have said that they would consider re-signing him if he recovers well-enough from his injury.
As it stands now, it seems as though Nick Gates has the inside track to the starting center job. But it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Halapio signed, given his starting experience and the obvious respect for him in the building. At the very least, the Giants would likely look at him as an upgrade over Spencer Pulley as a potential backup.
The other notable name on the list is wide receiver Jaron Brown. Brown was originally signed by the Arizona Cardinals as an undrafted free agent out of Clemson following the 2013 NFL Draft. He spent five years with the Cardinals before signing a two-year contract with the Seattle Seahawks. The San Francisco 49ers signed Brown to a one-year deal on Aug. 20, and then released him a week later. Brown has good size at 6-foot-3, 205 pounds and has started a total of 18 games in his seven-year career. Brown also has extensive experience on special teams, which could interest the Giants after the season-ending injury to special teams ace Cody Core.
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