The New York Giants, desperately trying to plug holes on their struggling, injured offensive are reportedly correcting an earlier mistake by re-signing Tyre Phillips. The Giants are said to be signing Phillips off the Philadelphia Eagles’ practice squad.
The Giants have placed offensive lineman Josh Ezeudu on injured reserve. Ezeudu left Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills with a toe injury.
Phillips, 26, played in 12 games with five starts for the Giants last season. Most of his playing time came filling in at right tackle when Evan Neal was injured. He played 365 offensive snaps for the Giants (45%) in 2022. Phillips’ 2022 Pro Football Focus grade of 50.5 was nothing special, but he did an acceptable job in a reserve role.
Phillips, a 2020 third-round pick by the Baltimore Ravens, has NFL experience at every offensive line position except center.
The Giants mystifyingly cut Phillips, who missed some time during training camp with injuries, at the end of the preseason. He landed on Philadelphia’s practice squad.
The Giants have suffered injuries to starters Andrew Thomas, John Michael Schmitz and Ben Bredeson at times this season. Thomas and Schmitz have now been out multiple weeks. Ezeudu, drafted to be a guard, has been struggling to fill in at left tackle for Thomas and is now on IR
The Giants have used several left guards and were forced to play Justin Pugh for 77 snaps, most of them at left tackle, Sunday after Ezeudu suffered a toe injury.
Miles, 27, was a 2019 seventh-round pick by the Arizona Cardinals. He played in 17 games for Arizona from 2019-2021. He can play both tackle spots, but has only 23 offensive snaps of experience during his career.
The Giants had one open roster spot, vacated when they waived offensive lineman Jalen Mayfield earlier this week. Putting Ezeudu on IR clears the second spot.
Interestingly, the Giants — at least for now — returned Pugh to the practice squad following his commendable performance on Sunday against Buffalo.