The Giants continued to work their roster this afternoon after the waiver wire transactions.
They signed tight end Eric Tomlinson, who was waived by the Jets and created room on the roster by placing cornerback Sam Beal (hamstring) on injured reserve.
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Tomlinson, 6-6 and 215 pounds, played in 36 games with 29 starts in three seasons with the Jets and caught 16 passes for 193 yards (12.1-yard avg.) and one touchdown. He also has six special teams tackles, including four last year, and has experience as a long snapper. Tomlinson had eight receptions in each of the previous two seasons, gaining 121 yards in 2017 and 72 last season, when he played in a career-high 15 games with 12 starts. He scored his only career touchdown on Oct. 29, 2017 on a 20-yard pass from Josh McCown in MetLife Stadium vs. Atlanta.
Tomlinson entered the NFL as a rookie free agent with the Philadelphia Eagles on May 2, 2015. He was waived at the end of training camp and three days later joined the Houston Texans’ practice squad. In 2016, Houston released Tomlinson a week before the start of the season and re-signed him to the practice squad. On Nov. 6 of that year, he joined the Jets’ active roster, where he started until he was cut yesterday.
Tomlinson played collegiate football at Texas-El Paso, where he was a teammate of Giants guard Will Hernandez.
He gives the Giants a four-man group at tight end with Evan Engram, Rhett Ellison and Garrett Dickerson.
Beal has been placed on I.R. for the second consecutive season. He joined the Giants as a third-round selection in the 2018 supplemental draft. Beal underwent shoulder surgery soon after his arrival. He returned to the field in the spring, but missed much of training camp and all four preseason games with groin and hamstring injuries.
Beal’s move to injured reserve leaves the Giants with 10 defensive backs on their active roster.
*The Giants today announced eight signings to the team’s practice squad. The NFL allows a 10-man practice squad roster.
Signed today were: defensive tackle Chris Slayton, a seventh-round draft choice this year, and offensive lineman Evan Brown, who spent the entire 2018 season on the Giants’ active roster without playing in a game.
The remainder of the practice squad: running back Jon Hilliman, wide receiver Reggie White, Jr., tight end C.J. Conrad, defensive lineman Freedom Akinmoladun, and linebackers Jake Carlock and Josiah Tauaefa.
Slayton, 6-4 and 313 pounds, was the 247th overall selection in the 2019 draft, from Syracuse, where he played in 49 games with 42 starts (starting every game in each of his final three seasons). His career totals included 107 tackles (66 solo) with 32.5 tackles for loss, 9.5 sacks, five forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, and one blocked kick. Slayton had six tackles (two solo) including one for a loss, in the preseason.
Brown, 6-3 and 318 pounds, joined the Giants as a rookie free agent on May 10, 2018. From 2014-17, he started all started all 47 games in which he played, at either center or right guard.
Hilliman, 5-11 and 226 pounds, was signed as a rookie free agent on May 2, 2019. He played four seasons at Boston College (2014-2017) before transferring to Rutgers as a redshirt senior last year. In five collegiate seasons, he had 689 carries for 2,575 yards (3.7-yard avg.) and 32 touchdowns and added 41 receptions for 247 yards and two scores. In the Giants’ four-game preseason, he had 25 rushing attempts for 80 yards and two touchdowns.
White, 6-2 and 212 pounds, was signed as a rookie free agent on May 3, 2019. At Monmouth University, he played in 45 games and tallied 249 receptions for 3,373 yards and 31 touchdowns. In 2018, White started 11 games and caught 71 passes for 1,133 yards and 11 touchdowns. He had eight receptions for 115 yards in the preseason.
Conrad, 6-2 and 247 pounds, joined the Giants as a rookie free agent on May 3. He played in 49 games with 42 starts at Kentucky, where he totaled 80 receptions for 1,015 yards (12.7-yard avg.) and 12 touchdowns. As a senior in 2018, he was a named a team captain and totaled 30 catches and three touchdowns in 13 games. Conrad caught eight passes for 62 yards in the preseason.
Akinmoladun, 6-3 and 286 pounds, was signed by the Giants on May 14. He played in 48 games with 41 starts in four seasons at Nebraska (2014-2018), where his career totals included 106 tackles (52 solo), 17 tackles for loss and 12.0 sacks. In 2018, started all 12 games at defensive end…Had 29 tackles (11 solo), three tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks. Akinmoladun had five tackles and a quarterback hit in the preseason.