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Giants promote 21-year-old WR before Eagles game

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This was announced by the New York Giants surveys by defenseman Zyon Gilbert and wide receiver Makai Polk for the divisional round playoff match against the Philadelphia Eagles on Jan. 20.

Gilbert appeared in three regular-season games and started once for the Giants in 2022, recording 14 tackles and a sack in those appearances. He joined the Giants in May as an undrafted rookie.

Polk is also an undrafted rookie but originally signed with the Ravens and eventually ended up on the Giants practice squad on September 28th.

Polk, 21, has never appeared in an NFL game Art Stapleton from NorthJersey.com believes his elevation is a reward.

Both players will return to the practice squad after completing the divisional round of the NFL playoffs.

Before joining the NFL, Polk played college football for three seasons — two in California and his last in Mississippi.

Polk led the SEC in 2021 receptions (105) and also retired the year-long receiving yards program with 1,046 receiving yards and became one of only four players in the SEC since 2000 to record 100+ receptions and 1000+ receiving yards and nine or more touchdowns in a single season.

NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein predicted that Polk would be selected in the fifth or sixth round of the 2022 NFL draft.

Describing Polk as “very instinctive and natural for the position,” Zierlein said he offers “upside talent with good depth and impressive ball ability that could come up for more.”

On the other hand, the NFL draft analyst said, “He’s not a big separator underneath and probably won’t scare anyone with his deep speed. His high footballing IQ and impressive ball skills are easy to see across the board, but he needs extra skill and razor-sharp distance running to counter his lack of explosiveness.”

Polk was unselected in the 2022 NFL draft and was signed with the Ravens as an undrafted free agent. He was dropped from the Baltimore practice team on September 27 and would sign with the Giants a day later.

The Giants were nearly flawless on their last injury report on Jan. 19 as they entered their divisional playoff matchup. They listed outside linebacker Azeez Ojulari as questionable for the contest because he was restricted all week from a quad injury he sustained against the Vikings, limiting him to eight snaps.

Despite missing 10 games this season, Ojulari finished second among Giants defensemen and recorded 5.5 sacks, two behind defenseman Dexter Lawrence (7.5).

Defensive defender Landon Collins (ankle), wide receiver Isaiah Hodgins, defenseman Julian Love (hamstring) and Fabian Moreau (hip) were not injured but were limited in Thursday’s practice.

Cornerback Adoree’ Jackson (back) and DB Jason Pinnock (abdominal) were full participants in Thursday’s practice and received no injury designations.

The Eagles held their final practice Thursday and cornerback Avonte Maddox (toe) was ruled out. Defense Attorney Brandon Graham (illness) was listed as limited and offensive tackle Lane Johnson (groin), defenseman Linval Joseph (calf) and Robert Quinn (back) were listed as full participants.

The Eagles held their final practice Thursday and cornerback Avonte Maddox (toe) was ruled out. Defense Attorney Brandon Graham (illness) was listed as limited and offensive tackle Lane Johnson (groin), defenseman Linval Joseph (calf) and Robert Quinn (back) were listed as full participants.



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