Giants sign former college WR star, bring back ex-Bills defenseman

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Olaijah Griffin and Makai Polk have signed on to the New York Giants practice team.

This was announced by the New York Giants moves Wednesday as the Week 4 clash draws near against the Chicago Bears at MetLife Stadium.

Cornerback Fabian Moreau was promoted to the 53-man roster from the Giants practice team, with receiver Sterling Shepard (knee) placed on injured reserve as a corresponding move. Moreau assists the Giants at cornerback with defensemen Cord’Dale Flott (calf), Nick McCloud (hamstring), Justin Layne (concussion) and Aaron Robinson (appendectomy) on injury reporting.

Moreau was drafted into the Giants practice team on September 15. He was activated for the Week 2 win against the Carolina Panthers. In Week 2, he played 17 defensive snaps and 13 on special teams, totaling six tackles (five solo) on defense and one unassisted stop on special teams.

The 2017 third-round draft pick has 77 regular season games, including 34 starts at cornerback.

New York also added wide receiver Makai Polk and defenseman Olaijah Griffin to their practice squad.

More on Polk

Polk was a rookie free agent with the Baltimore Ravens this summer. He played two seasons in California and one in Mississippi State. Polk led the SEC in receptions last season (105) and was second in all college football. He rushed for 1,046 yards and nine touchdowns.

Lance Zierlein of predicts Polk to be selected in the fifth or sixth round of the 2022 NFL draft.

Zierlein has described Polk as “very instinctive and natural for the position” and said he offers “an upward talent with good depth and impressive ball ability that could come up for more.”

On the other hand, the NFL draft analyst said, “He’s not a big separator underneath and probably won’t scare anyone with his deep speed. His high footballing IQ and impressive ball skills are easy to see across the board, but he needs extra skill and razor-sharp distance running to counter his lack of explosiveness.”

Still, it’s safe to say that Polk isn’t lacking in confidence.

“I know I’m the best (wide) receiver this draft.” Polk told reporters in Indianapolis at the NFL Combine in March.

The undrafted free agent was dropped from the Ravens Practice Squad on September 27.

Griffin’s journey

As for Griffin, he joined the Giants on waivers on Aug. 15, the day after he was released by the Buffalo Bills. Griffin spent the entire 2021 season on the Bills’ practice team.

Giants general manager Joe Schoen and head coach Brian Daboll are familiar with Griffin — due to their past ties with the Bills.

The former USC Trojan had 22 tackles, one interception and five passes defended in six games during the 2020 season. In his last two seasons at USC, Griffin allowed just 30 completions in 77 attempts.

He decided to forego his final two years of college eligibility at USC to have his name included in the 2021 NFL Draft Pool.

Griffin is also the son of rapper Warren G and nephew of rapper Dr. dr Giants sign former college WR star, bring back ex-Bills defenseman

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