Judging by the list of seven players that the New York Football Giants inked to their practice squad, head coach Tom Coughlin was not stretching the truth when Michael Eisen of Giants.com quoted Coughlin about player cuts at defensive tackle position yesterday.
The head coach said, “[Justin] Trattou has the ability to help us out in a lot of different ways both from scrimmage and special teams. There were four young men who were very much in contention for that job. [Matt] Broha was very much involved in that, too. Quite frankly, it was very, very close. We made a decision really based on an individual that was ranked a little bit higher on special teams.”
Well, Broha found himself back with the G-men, as he and six others, including fellow defensive lineman Adewale Ojomo, were signed to New York's eight-man practice squad.
The other players include: Charles James (cornerback), Julian Talley (receiver), Marcus Harris (receiver), Eric Herman (guard) and Stephen Goodin (center/tackle).
Somewhat surprisingly, James slipped through waivers in a cornerback-starved league that the NFL has become. The diminutive play maker from Charleston Southern led the G-men in punt return average with a stellar ten-yard per return average in the preseason.
Charles does not lack for confidence, despite coming from small school, not known to produce NFL players, as his Twitter handle is @ShutDownCB1. And James posted this message on his account at about 3:00 p.m. today. "Back with the Giants on the Practice Squad!!! Glad to be back!!! #GreatOpportunity #GodIsGood".
Not all the news was good for the Giants, as strong side linebacker and special teams player, Kyle Bosworth, who was cut by New York yesterday, was claimed by the Dallas Cowboys. Bosworth, who hails from Plano, Texas was delighted with the news as he tweeted, "It's never felt better to be going home. Can't wait to play for the 'Boys. Childhood dreams do come true."
Injuries at the running back position and in the defensive backfield possibly caused New York to expose Bosworth and safety Tyler Sash to waivers, but that left the team much thinner at linebacker and safety. Rookie Cooper Taylor is the only reserve at the safety position after Ryan Mundy and Antrel Rolle.
There is a good chance that the team will place either Andre Brown or David Diehl on the injured reserve-designated for return list on Tuesday. Doing so will free up another roster spot for the G-men.