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Giants’ roster moves: Eric Gray, Matt Peart to IR; RBs Jashaun Corbin, Deon Jackson added

Giants shuffle their roster to add running back depth

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Jashaun Corbin
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The New York Giants, needing to add depth with running backs Eric Gray and Gary Brightwell both suffering injuries last Sunday against the Washington Commanders, made a series of roster moves on Tuesday.

Gray, who suffered a calf injury, and backup offensive tackle Matt Peart, who has been dealing with a shoulder injury, were both placed on injured reserve.

The Giants added a pair of running backs to the roster. Jashaun Corbin, who was on the Giants’ practice squad last season and was cut by the team at the end of the preseason, was signed off the Carolina Panthers’ practice squad. The Giants also were awarded running back Deon Jackson off waivers from the Cleveland Browns.

Jackson, 24, is a 5-foot-11, 216-pound running back in his third NFL season. A former undrafted free agent, he spent two seasons with the Indianapolis Colts. This season, he played in two games with the Colts, was waived and signed to the Browns’ practice squad, was added to Cleveland’s 53-man roster for one game and was waived on Monday.

Jackson has 94 career carries for 281 yards (3.0 yards per attempt) and 35 receptions for 223 yards (6.4 yards per catch).

Gray, a rookie fifth-round pick, muffed his third punt of the season Sunday against Washington. He averaged 4.0 yards on seven punt returns and 14.5 yards on four kickoff returns. As a running back, he had 13 carries for 27 yards (2.1 yards per attempt) and one catch for 1 yard.

The Giants added 2020 All-Pro return man Gunner Olszewski to their practice squad on Monday. The likely move this week against the New York Jets would be to elevate Olszewski. The catch with Olszewski is ball security. He has nine career fumbles in 141 career touches (75 punt returns, 37 kickoff returns, 15 receptions and 14 rushing attempts). That is one in every 15.7 touches, and likely why he was available to the Giants as a free agent during the middle of the season.

The Giants also added linebacker Justin Hollins to their practice squad. A fifth-round pick by the Denver Broncos in the 2019 NFL Draft, Hollins is a 6-foot-5, 248-pound edge defender.

Hollins has been with the Broncos, Los Angeles Rams and Green Bay Packers. He played in four games earlier this season for Green Bay. He has played in 59 regular-season games with seven starts, and has 9.5 career sacks.