One day before their veterans report to training camp, the Giants have their entire 10-man 2020 draft class under contract.
The team announced today that nine of those rookies signed their initial NFL contracts. The 10th player in the group, linebacker Tae Crowder, had formalized his agreement in May.
In addition, the Giants announced they have released Aldrick Rosas, their placekicker each of the last three seasons. Rosas, who was charged with three misdemeanors after an alleged hit-and-run accident back in June in California, was a record-setting Pro Bowler in 2018 but struggled to match that success last season when he kicked 20 fewer field goals than he had the previous year.
The draft choices who officially joined the team today are first-round choice Andrew Thomas, the tackle from Georgia who was chosen fourth overall; Alabama safety Xavier McKinney (second round); Connecticut tackle Matt Peart (third); UCLA cornerback Darnay Holmes (fourth); Oregon offensive lineman Shane Lemieux (fifth); Penn State linebacker Cam Brown (sixth); and the team’s other three seventh-round selections: linebackers Carter Coughlin of Minnesota, TJ Brunson of South Carolina and cornerback Chris Williamson of Minnesota. Crowder was the 255th and final selection in the draft.
The Giants’ rookies, first-year players, injured players and quarterbacks reported on Thursday.
In 48 games for the Giants, Rosas made 62 of 75 field goal attempts (82.7%) and 86 of 94 extra point tries (91.5%) for 272 points. He also had touchbacks on 127 of 211 kickoffs (60.2%).
In 2018, Rosas had one of the best seasons by a kicker in Giants history. He was selected to his first Pro Bowl and named second-team All-Pro after succeeding on 32 of 33 field goal attempts and 31 of 32 extra point tries and scoring 127 points. The 32 field goals were the fifth-highest total in Giants history.
On June 15, Rosas was involved in an auto accident near his northern California hometown and was subsequently charged with three misdemeanors.
*Malcolm Elmore, a cornerback from Central Methodist who was signed as a rookie free agent on April 28, was waived/non-football injury.
*The Giants signed running back Sandro Platzgummer as part of the NFL’s International Player Pathway Program. They are one of four teams who will carry an additional overseas player on their practice squad this season. Platzgummer, an Austrian native, played at Medical University in Innsbruck. He also played five seasons for the Swarco Raiders Tirol and won two European championships with Austria’s U-19 national team.
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