Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Giants sign fan-favorite WR, 8 others to new contracts

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No GM, no problem – for now. In the meantime, while interviews are ongoing to find Dave Gettleman’s successor, decisions must be made. With assistant general manager Kevin Abrams likely in charge in the meantime, the New York Giants have started their offseason by placing eight players, including Alex Bachman, on reserve/futures contracts.

Bachman, who was making waves in training camp similar to David Sills V two years ago, has spent consecutive seasons rotating between Big Blue’s practice team and the active roster. His biggest game action came during the team’s 2021 season finale against Washington. Bachman was added to the game-day roster less than 24 hours before kickoff, and rallied 110 yards from scrimmage while serving as the team’s primary return specialist.

Bachman, who was undrafted from Wake Forest in 2019, has been quite prolific in his last three seasons with the Demon Deacons, catching 81 receptions for 1,154 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns. Though he consistently shows a knack for staying open in his two training camps with the Giants, he is yet to be targeted in an NFL game.

Bachman’s best shot at claiming a roster spot in New York remains with special teams. However, a change in attacking coordinator and a possible restructuring of the reception room this off-season could theoretically open the door for the 25-year-old to gain more insight into the attacking side of football. Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton are both legitimate cut/trade candidates under an upcoming new regime.

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Overall, the Giants have signed nine players to reserve/futures contracts, each of whom has spent time with the franchise this season. Here is the entire list:

Like Bachman, Lewerke was called up to the active roster for the Giants’ season finale. As a backup for Jake Fromm, he couldn’t see the field. Lewerke, an undrafted free agent in 2019 from Michigan State, boasts high-end collegiate production and is the Spartans’ all-time leader on total offense (9,548 yards from scrimmage). The fact that Fromm was able to overtake Lewerke so quickly on the depth chart despite Lewerke having been on the team since the summer speaks volumes about how he is perceived in the building. In a preseason game with the Giants last year, Lewerke connected 11 of 19 passes for 108 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Look for Lewerke to serve as a potential stock arm while the new coaching staff reshuffles the quarterback space this offseason.

Harris is a player the team dropped on December 30th. He has played in a total of eight games with the Giants since 2020. With ties to defensive coordinator Patrick Graham dating back to their days together at Foxborough and Miami, he’s a player familiar with the system. In 19 games of his career, Harris has 34 tackles, two sacks and three quarterback hits.

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