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Giants roster move: Matt Barkley waived, making room for Tyrod Taylor

Giants open a spot for potential return of veteran quarterback

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In what is likely a sign that they expect Tyrod Taylor to be ready to be in uniform next Monday night against the Green Bay Packers, the New York Giants have waived veteran backup quarterback Matt Barkley.

Taylor, on injured reserve since suffering a rib injury while scrambling during a Week 8 loss to the New York Jets, had his 21-day practice window opened on Monday. The Giants have 21 days to decide where to activate the veteran quarterback or leave him on IR for the remainder of the season.

Barkley was signed to the practice squad on Oct. 31 He was added to the 53-man roster Nov. 8, the same day Daniel Jones was placed on IR due to his torn ACL. Barkley did not appear in a game for the Giants.

Taylor, a 13-year veteran, has played in seven games this season with three starts. He has completed 57 of 87 passes (65.5%) for 579 yards with 3 touchdowns and 0 interceptions.

Undrafted rookie Tommy DeVito has gone 2-1 as the starter since Taylor’s injury, becoming a Jeremy Lin style cult hero along the way. DeVito has completed 66 of 105 passes (62.9%) for 697 yards, 7 touchdowns and 3 interceptions.

The Giants have not announced who will start on Monday, provided Taylor is deemed healthy enough to be activated.

Practice squad quarterback Jacob Eason was also released on Monday. Barkley likely takes that spot when he clears waivers.