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Giants roster news: Giants activate WR John Ross from the IR

The Giants add to their WR depth

NFL: AUG 25 New England Patriots New York Giants Joint Training Camp Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The New York Giants have officially activated wide receiver John Ross off of their injured reserve.

We knew this move was coming when the Giants designated Ross for return off of the injured reserve on Wednesday. This week was the first opportunity for the Giants to activate either Ross or rookie EDGE Ellerson Smith off of their injured reserve list. The Giants will be without wide receivers Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton this week after they each suffered hamstring injuries last week against the Atlanta Falcons. It was widely expected that the Giants would designate Ross to return from the IR given the injuries to Shepard and Slayton.

The Giants signed Ross to a 1-year, $2.25 million ($1 million guaranteed) free agent contract back in March of this year. The team hoped that Ross’ rare speed and athleticism would help provide a spark to an anemic offense from a year ago. While the Giants would love to see Ross streaking down the field, they’ll be happy to bolster a depth chart that is already being stretched thin by injury.