The New York Giants have announced the signing of defensive back Chris Johnson. They also claimed tight end Jake Hausmann off waivers from the Detroit Lions.
At 6-foot-2, 202 pounds, Johnson will likely assume the role of safety and special teams player for the Giants — though it is interesting that he is listed by the team as a “defensive back”. He has a reputation as a great athlete, running a solid 4.61 second 40 yard dash with impressive short shuttle and 3-cone drill times. Johnson turned a 4.41 second short shuttle and a 6.82 second 3-cone drill at his pro day, both of which would have been above average for a safety at the NFL Scouting Combine.
Hausmann, 6-4 and 255 pounds, joined the Lions as a rookie free agent on May 14 and was waived Friday. An outstanding blocker, Hausmann caught just three passes for 26 yards and one touchdown – on a 4-yard reception at Rutgers in 2019 - in 27 career games. He played just five games as a senior in 2020.