Cody Core
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The New York Giants have claimed wide receiver Cody Core and offensive tackle Eric Smith off waivers ahead of the regular season.

One day after the New York Giants put together their initial 53-man roster, they’ve added some young players.

Per Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, Big Blue has claimed wide receiver Cody Core and offensive tackle Eric Smith off the waiver wire.

Core, 25, was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the sixth round (No. 199 overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft out of Ole Miss, Eli Manning‘s alma mater. Core played 35 games for Cincinnati from 2016-18, starting in seven. In that time, he caught 30 balls on 59 targets for 360 yards and one touchdown.

The Bengals waived Core during their final roster cuts on Saturday.

Smith, on the other hand, is 23-years-old and went undrafted in 2017 out of the University of Virginia. He started 32 games for the Cavaliers before spending time with the Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, and New York Jets.

Smith initially made the 53-man roster for the Dolphins in his rookie year, however, was waived the following year on Sept. 1, 2018. Two days later, the Patriots signed him to their practice squad. Then on Dec. 18, 2018, the Jets signed Smith off the Patriots’ practice squad.

Smith has yet to play in a regular-season game in the NFL.

The Giants’ Week 1 matchup against the Dallas Cowboys is on Sunday, Sept. 8 at 4:25 p.m. ET. It’ll be interesting to see what roster moves are made prior to the opening NFC East matchup at AT&T Stadium.

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