Three recent waiver deals that the New York giants might be interested in
The first round of the NFL’s preseason cuts has passed and NFL rosters have reduced their totals from 90 to 85, meaning 160 players are now looking for work.
With the New York Giants constantly looking to improve roster talent, here’s a look at three players who were part of the first wave of roster cuts that might be worth kicking tires.
WR Andrew Parchment
Although far from a household name in the NFL Draft, wide receiver Andrew Parchment has consistently shown his ability to be productive on the outside in college. At Kansas in 2019 and Florida State in 2021, Parchment was a bright spot on two offenses that struggled mightily to have passing kills.
Parchment topped the Big XII in 2019, taking advantage of a bad situation with Carter Stanley at quarterback by posting for 831 yards and seven touchdowns on 65 receptions. Parchment’s production came mostly from middle and deep routes, which made up 38% of his catch but 67.5% of his total yards and five of his seven touchdowns.
In 2021, against high competition within the ACC, Parchment again saw most of its production come from the middle and deep lanes despite significantly lower volume in the Florida State offense.
At 6-foot-2 and 191 pounds, Parchment is big on size for a catcher. Playing through the Big XII and ACC, Parchment faced and beat his fair share of media coverage and proved his ability to stack defensive backs and earn contested catch opportunities.
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The Giants took a chance on undrafted free agent Jeremiah Hall in their offense, but ultimately decided to bring him into their first wave of cuts. However, there is still plenty of time for the Giants to find their tight fullback/back/depth, and maybe Jamal Pettigrew is that player.
Pettigrew began his college career at LSU before transferring to McNeese State for his final two years, where most of his time would have been spent blocking. Lined up in the backfield, line or reception, Pettigrew’s ability to make a consistent impact as a blocker shouldn’t be overlooked.
Pettigrew is a phenomenal athlete, clocking a sprint time of 4.67 for 40 yards and a vertical of 36 ½” at just under 6-foot-7 and 244 pounds, he’s a unicorn. He may be too light to line up consistently, though an H-back role might be the perfect role for Pettigrew.
Pettigrew (like all of the McNeese State Cowboys) was used sparingly as a catcher. Still, he was able to make contested catches and pick up yards after the catch, making him an intriguing option in the red zone or in the flats.
LB Kamal Martin
Kamal Martin has had an up and down career in the NFL so far. He was drafted in the fifth round of the 2020 NFL Draft by the Packers and then released before the start of the 2021 season, before seeing very little time with the Panthers.
The best tape to rate Martin on is his 2020 tape with the Packers, where he would alternate between starting and rotating.
With his great straight-line speed and burst, Martin is best used as a strong and special team linebacker. The ability to read and react takes work, but special teams potential alone should be able to put Martin in contention for a spot on the roster.
Martin, who runs around the field like a banshee, has no problem digging his shoulder into ball carriers. While his cap is an average NFL SAM linebacker, at this point in the roster-building cycle, NFL teams are looking on the waiver wire for depth additions that could contribute in any way.