East Rutherford, NJ – The New York Giants have signed former Carolina Panthers first-round decide Calvin Benjamin, the staff introduced Sunday.
Benjamin and the previous Philadelphia Eagles operating again and Super Bowl hero Corey Clement impressed throughout a tryout on the rookie minicamp over the weekend and obtained a one-year deal.
A large receiver who had greater than 1,000 yards as a rookie for the Panthers in 2013, Benjamin has not performed within the NFL since 2018. He primarily acted as a decent finish in tryouts.
“Working in a different situation in the case of Benjamin [Friday]”We’re going to work with totally different individuals on various things proper now,” said Giants coach Joe Judge. “He’s a giant man. He has all the time been a giant receiver. That receiver will work. He can also be working just a little flex tight finish.
“I wouldn’t really be like this, you know, pin him in one of the positions at this point. We’re going to use the weekend to take him to different places and see how it works. “
Benjamin will be part of a crowded tight finish room with Evan Engram, Kyle Rudolph, Caden Smith and Levin Toilo. The Giants are additionally deep at extensive receiver after the inclusion of Kenny Golladay and John Ross in free company and drafting Kadarius Tony within the first spherical. This would make it tough for Benjamin to make a spot within the ultimate roster, it doesn’t matter what the scenario.
It was simply three years in the past throughout a Monday Night Football broadcast that ESPN analyst Booger McFarland famously declared to Benjamin “maybe a Poppy’s Biscuit was far from being a tight end.”
Benjamin, 30, has hung out with the Panthers, Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs. He has 209 profession receptions for 3,021 yards and 20 touchdowns. In 2014 the twenty eighth total decide was drafted by present Giants normal supervisor Dave Gettleman in Carolina.
The 26-year-old Clement spent the primary 4 seasons of his skilled profession with the Eagles. He has slowed down in recent times on account of damage, however is finest recognized for his efficiency in Super Bowl LII, when he had over 100 yards and a landing within the Eagles’ upset victory over the New England Patriots. Clement additionally helped execute the Philly Special, a trick play that resulted in a landing reception by quarterback Nick Foles.
The Giants wanted skilled depth to run again. With Saquon Barclay coming back from a severe knee damage, the Giants signed Davonte Booker as a free agent and drafted Gary Brightwell within the sixth spherical.
New York additionally introduced that it has overtaken Jordan Chun and tight finish Nate Vitting.