The New York Giants have claimed former Pittsburgh Steelers edge rusher Tuzar Skipper off of waivers to add depth.
One day removed from their brutal, opening-day loss to the Dallas Cowboys, the New York Giants have added to their current roster.
On Monday, Big Blue claimed edge rusher Tuzar Skipper off waivers. Skipper previously spent time with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Skipper originally went undrafted this year out of the University of Toldeo. Through 24 games across three seasons for the Rockets, Skipper racked up 90 total tackles with 13.5 tackles-for-loss, 9.5 sacks, two fumble recoveries, and three forced fumbles.
He had 5.0 sacks for the Steelers throughout the preseason and initially made the 53-man roster. However, the Steelers released Skipper this past Saturday in order to promote receiver Johnny Holton to the active roster. If Skipper cleared waivers, the Steelers could’ve re-signed him. However, Skipper will now spend time in blue.
It’s unclear what Skipper’s role will be with the Giants and if he’ll get any time significant playing time. The additional edge rushers Skipper will be working with will be Lorenzo Carter, Markus Golden, rookie Oshane Ximines, and Kareem Martin. The latter left the game on Sunday in the third quarter with a knee injury.
Martin going down could’ve very well prompted the signing of Skipper.
The Giants will begin preparing for their Week 2 game in Buffalo as they return home. Their defense will need to step up after a horrible showing in Dallas that included zero sacks and an allowed 405 passing yards. Big Blue will kick off against the Bills this coming Sunday at 1:00 p.m. at MetLife Stadium.