The New York Giants have announced the activation of two more players.
Tuesday morning the Giants announced that linebacker Ryan Anderson would be activated off of the Non-Football Injury list and tight end Rysen John would be activated off of the COVID-19 list.
The Giants originally signed Anderson as veteran free agent this offseason to compete to add to what was a lackluster pass rush in 2020.
Anderson’s activation came with some arcane procedural contract maneuvering which involved him being cut and immediately resigned, as reported by Dan Duggan of The Athletic.
Here’s a curveball: Anderson is back with the Giants, per source. His release was a procedural matter related to his contract. He’s been re-signed and is off the non-football injury list https://t.co/gEySINPdGY— Dan Duggan (@DDuggan21) August 10, 2021
John was originally signed by the Giants as an undrafted free agent wide receiver out of Simon Frasier University in British Columbia. John was a big receiving prospect at 6-foot-7, 220 pounds, and the Giants are hoping that his athletic traits and receiving background can transition into being a weapon at the tight end position. Being activated from the COVID list will allow John to rejoin his teammates on the practice field and continue his development as an NFL tight end.
In a corresponding roster move, the Giants waived tight end Tommy Stevens. Stevens is a quarterback turned tight end, having played quarterback for Penn State and Mississippi State in college. He transitioned to the tight end position after being drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the seventh round of the 2020 NFL Draft. He was a recent addition to the Giants’ roster, signing on Aug. 4.