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Roster news: Jaguars sign QB Matt Barkley off of the Giants’ practice squad

The Giants are back to two quarterbacks

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The Jacksonville Jaguars announced Tuesday afternoon that they’ve signed quarterback Matt Barkley off of the New York Giants practice squad.

The Giants originally signed Barkley as veteran depth on Oct. 31 after both Tyrod Taylor and Daniel Jones were forced onto the injured reserve due to rib and ACL injuries (respectively). Barkley was believed to be a potential starting option should UDFA rookie Tommy DeVito not be up to the task. DeVito instead managed to seize the starting job and hold on until this week against the Eagles.

Barkley was waived and then signed to the Giants’ practice squad once Taylor was activated from injured reserve.

The Jaguars signed Barkley as a veteran insurance policy with starting quarterback Trevor Lawrence dealing with a shoulder injury.

The move opens a spot on the Giants’ practice squad, which the Giants will need to fill. It seems likely that they’ll fill it with another quarterback as an emergency option for the final two games. The Giants worked out former Notre Dame quarterback — and 2021 fourth round pick — Ian Book when they worked out Barkley back in October. Book is still a free agent and the Giants could turn to him to fill out their practice squad.