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Giants roster moves: WR Matt Cole in, WR Andy Jones out

Rostrer shuffling continues as Giants look for depth, special teams help

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New York Giants players were off on Sunday, but the front office was busy continuing to churn the bottom of the roster.

Wide receiver Matt Cole, a former Division II player who appeared in one game for the San Francisco 49ers a season ago, was claimed off waivers from the New York Jets. Wide receiver Andy Jones, signed as a free agent just a week ago, was cut.

Cole entered the NFL last season as a rookie free agent with the Miami Dolphins, from McKendree University, a Division II school in Lebanon, Ill. He was waived at the end of training camp and spent most of the season on the Dolphins’ practice squad until joining San Francisco’s active roster on Dec. 24. The 49ers released him on May 4, and he joined the Jets.

Cole was a versatile player at McKendree. He played in 42 games with 26 starts and finished with 93 receptions for a school-record 1,618 yards (17.4-yard avg.) and 17 TDs. Cole added 48 rushing attempts for 314 yards (6.5-yard avg.) and one touchdown, 46 kickoff returns for 1,400 yards (30.04-yard avg.) and three touchdowns, and 16 punt returns for 251 yards (15.7-yard avg.) and one score. He was also credited with 61 special teams tackles.