New York Giants sign DE Jordan Williams to practice squad
Nov 20, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (90) and defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins (95) sack Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) in the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Following the promotion of S Eric Pinkins to their active roster, the New York Giants have signed DE Jordan Williams to their practice squad.

When the New York Giants sent running back Orleans Darkwa to injured reserve and elevated safety Eric Pinkins, the team was left with an open slot on their practice squad. The Giants have since filled the opening by signing defensive end Jordan Williams.

In 2014, during his senior season at the University of Tennessee, Williams started all 13 games while recording 27 tackles, four tackles for a loss, two sacks, and four passes defensed. He went undrafted in 2015 and was originally signed by the New York Jets. Williams was waived by the Jets shortly after and went on to join the practice squad of the Miami Dolphins that same year.

Through the end of 2015 to the beginning of 2016, Williams was on the Dolphins’ practice squad, with a brief stint on their active roster. He was waived and then re-signed to the practice squad before Miami let him go in late September this year.

In just one career regular season game played, he has yet to record an NFL statistic.

The move makes sense after defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul suffered a groin injury in New York’s last game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Defensive tackles Damon Harrison and Johnathan Hankins also suffered injuries during the game, though neither of them are expected to miss any time.

Williams’ signing is a clear insurance move in case the Giants need depth at the position in a pinch.

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