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Giants roster move: CB Madre Harper signed off Las Vegas Raiders practice squad

Team continuing to look for cornerback help

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The New York Giants are continuing to spin the cornerback wheel, signing Madre Harper off the Las Vegas Raiders’ practice squad.

Harper, 6-foot-1, 190 pounds, is an undrafted free agent rookie out of Southern Illinois. Per Pro Football Focus Harper had a 70.9 coverage grade with 2 interceptions and 10 passes defended last season. He spent two seasons at Oklahoma State befor being dismissed from the team in 2017.

Here is a scouting report from NFL.com:

In the evaluation of Harper, the plus column is filled with physical traits and descriptions of athletic explosiveness. The minus column is populated with all things related to technique, instincts and overall coverage savvy. The bottom line is that Harper has outstanding size and speed to go along with rare length as a cornerback. He will need to be enrolled in “Technique 101” in order to learn fundamentals and work on the nuances of the position.

The Giants have been scouting for cornerback help since parting ways with DeAndre Baker and having Sam Beal opt out of the season.

In Harper, it sounds like they are taking a flier on pure athletic potential.

The Giants have yet to announce a corresponding roster move.

Practice squad moves

The Giants terminated the contracts of QB Cooper Rush and RB Rod Smith, per the NFL’s transaction wire.