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Giants roster moves: Three players claimed off waivers

OT Jackson Barton, S Adrian Colbert, WR Damion Ratley added

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Adrian Colbert tackling Sterling Shepard last season.
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The New York Giants have been awarded three players on waivers. They are former Kansas City Chiefs offensive tackle Jackson Barton, former Chiefs defensive back Adrian Colbert and former Cleveland Browns wide receiver Damion Ratley.

Linebacker Ryan Connelly, surprisingly cut by the Giants on Saturday, was claimed by the the Minnesota Vikings.

One interesting note — the Giants did not claim any cornerbacks.

The Giants waive wide receiver Corey Coleman, safety Sean Chandler and offensive lineman Chad Slade to make roster space.

They are expected to eventually place safety Xavier McKinney and linebacker David Mayo on injured reserve, but can’t do that yet by league rules.

Jackson Barton

The 25-year-old Barton was a seventh-round pick by the Indianapolis Colts a season ago. He was on the Chiefs’ 53-man roster near the end of the season, but never appeared in a game.

Barton was a collegiate left tackle at Utah, and the only tackle reserve the Giants kept on their initial 53-man roster was Matt Peart, provided Nick Gates is the starting center. Here is a Barton scouting report.

Adrian Colbert

A 2017 seventh-round pick by the San Francisco 49ers, Colbert played in six games with five starts for the Miami Dolphins last season. Giants defensive coordinator Patrick Graham, of course, had that job in Miami last season.

Colbert is 6-foot-2, 205 pounds. He has 27 games of NFL experience and, obviously, brings familiarity with Graham’s defense. His addition might be an indication that free agent signee Logan Ryan could be primarily used at cornerback initially.

Colbert will slide into McKinney’s roster spot when he is officially placed on injured reserve.

Damion Ratley

The Giants kept only five wide receivers on their initial 53-man roster, an indication that they might be looking for one more. Their choice was Ratley, a 6-foot-2, 200-pound sixth round pick by the Cleveland Browns in the 2018 NFL Draft.

Ratley had 25 receptions in 26 games for the Browns the past two seasons. Giants tight ends coach Freddie Kitchens was head coach of the Browns last season.