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Giants waive WR David Sills

The QB-turned-WR turned in a strong preseason camp, but came up short of the 53-man roster

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As the New York Giants work to cut down their roster by Tuesday’s 4 p.m. deadline, they have reportedly waived WR David Sills.

The 25-year-old product out of West Virginia University turned in a strong training camp and preseason. Sills has been one of the most productive and consistent receivers for the Giants this preseason, but the numbers in the receiving room ultimately worked against him.

Wide receivers C.J. Board and Dante Pettis have a slight upper hand over Sills because both can contribute on special teams. Pettis is the NCAA’s career punt return touchdowns leader and Board played 20 percent of the special teams snaps in 2020 over 14 games, while seeing action as a both a kick and punt returner.

Special teams coordinator Thomas McGaughey used Sills as a gunner against the Patriots, but that was not enough to earn Sills a spot on the roster.

This preseason marked Sills’ second-straight strong summer with the Giants. His chance to play last season was wiped away when he broke his foot and could not participate in the entire 2020 campaign. The quarterback-turned-wide receiver has become a favorite amongst Giants fans over the past two seasons.

Injuries to the Giants receiving corps could have bolstered Sills’ chances.

Kenny Gollladay has been sidelined with a hamstring injury and first-round pick Kadarius Toney has missed training camp for a myriad of reasons. Darius Slayton (foot/ankle) and Evan Engram (calf) both left Sunday night’s game against the Patriots with injuries.

Perhaps the release of Sills suggests that the Giants feel hopeful about the swift return of their injured players.

In the ideal world for the Giants and Giants fans, Sills will land on the practice squad and is their top reserve option. But he could also draw interest from other teams.