A busy Monday for the New York Giants was capped off with the addition of Josh Mauro, an English-born defensive tackle who is familiar with James Bettcher’s system.
The New York Giants are seeing red as a busy day of additions continues.
The team made another defensive addition on Monday afternoon, as ex-Arizona Cardinals defensive lineman Josh Mauro is the latest to go blue, a signing confirmed by the team.
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— New York Giants (@Giants) March 19, 2018
Mauro, 27, spent the past four seasons in Glendale. His New York arrival reunites him with defensive coordinator James Bettcher, the Giants’ new defensive coordinator who served in the same position for the previous three seasons with the Cardinals.
One of four active players in the NFL born in England, Mauro entered the league as an undrafted free agent in 2014, signing with the Steelers. Though he was let go in the final cuts of the preseason, he was quickly scooped up by the Cardinals.
He played 47 games over his Arizona tenure, starting 26, tallying 75 total tackles, two sacks and four pass deflection over his tenure. He concluded his 2017 season with 22 tackles, including two in the Cardinals’ 23-0 win over the Giants in Week 16.
“With a new staff, there’s a lot of buzz around here,” Mauro told John Schmeelk of Giants.com. “The familiarity with James Bettcher and his attacking style defense really fits my talents, and I just want to come here and contribute and help this team win.”
Previously, Mauro starred at Stanford University, helping the Cardinal earn back-to-back Pac-12 titles in 2012-13. He picked up 81 tackles, 11 sacks and an interception over 48 games.
“I try to just do my job at a very high level. I don’t try to be flashy,” Mauro said. “I’m going to be in my gap, making the plays I need to make, be disruptive against the run, be disruptive against the pass and just be effective in my role in the defense and we can play winning football.”
Mauro’s signing caps off a busy Monday for the Giants, who earlier strengthened their defensive depth by re-signing defensive end Kerry Wynn and welcoming in cornerback B.W. Webb. On offense, they brought in wide receiver Cody Latimer, formerly of the Denver Broncos.
Mauro becomes the second Bettcher disciple the Giants have added this offseason, as linebacker Kareem Martin was signed to a three-year deal worth as much as $21 million last week.
Terms of Mauro’s deal have not yet been disclosed.