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New York Giants promote DL Ryder Anderson to 53-man roster

Giants place Elerson Smith on IR

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Ryder Anderson
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The New York Giants have promoted defensive lineman Ryder Anderson to the 53-man roster. Anderson will take the place of edge defender Elerson Smith, who is being placed on injured reserve due to an Achilles injury.

Anderson, an undrafted free agent out of Indiana, got his first NFL sack Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles. The 6-foot-6, 276-pound 24-year-old has played in three games this season as a call-up from the practice squad. In 48 defensive snaps, he has three tackles, one for loss, and a quarterback hit.

Smith, in his second season, played in five games this year. He missed time earlier in the season with a partially torn Achilles tendon and came out of Sunday’s game against the Eagles limping. He had three tackles, one solo, in 14 defensive snaps. Smith did block a punt last week vs. Philadelphia.

Jack Heflin, a defensive tackle who played in four games last season for the Green Bay Packers, was signed to take Anderson’s place on the practice squad.