New York Giants: bennett jackson

The New York Giants announced Sunday that they've filled seven of the 10 available spots on their practice squad.

Of the seven players signed, six were released by the Giants in Saturday's cut-down to 53 players. The seventh, offensive tackle Nick Becton, was waived Tuesday by the San Diego Chargers.

Here are the seven players on the Giants' practice squad so far:

RB Michael Cox

CB Bennett Jackson

CB Chandler Fenner

LB Dan Fox

DE Jordan Stanton

WR Julian Talley

OT Nick Becton

Obviously, that leaves three spots still to fill. The Giants were interested in signing defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles to the practice squad after waiving him Saturday, but he was claimed off waivers by the New England Patriots.
During the week of June 30, we took a position-by-position look at the New York Giants' offense as it heads into training camp. This week, we've been doing the same with the defense -- one position group per day. Today, it's the cornerbacks' turn. And what a group it is.

McBride
Projected starters: Prince Amukamara, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie

Projected backups: Walter Thurmond, Zack Bowman, Trumaine McBride, Jayron Hosley (susp.)

Others competing for spots: Charles James, Bennett Jackson, Ross Weaver, Travis Howard

James and sixth-round pick Jackson look like strong special teams contributors, but where do they fit? With Hosley suspended for the first four games, there is a spot if the team can manage to carry six corners, but it doesn't look as though there are two spots for James and Jackson. Could one of them surpass McBride, who performed well as a starter in several spots last season? Hard to imagine, and if they carry seven corners, that leaves them short elsewhere (i.e., offensive line).

Thurmond is a sure thing, and practically a starter as the projected nickel corner. And Bowman is a special teams whiz who looked great on defense in minicamp. So those spots seem set, as do those of Rodgers-Cromartie, who is going to draw the assignment of covering the opponent's best receiver each week, and Amukamara, the 2011 first-rounder who says he is ready to make the leap as a playmaker this season. But down the depth chart live some pretty good battles for roster spots among some pretty good players. Other teams are likely to be scouting the Giants' corners in preseason in the hopes that one or two they like get cut loose.
The pick: Bennett Jackson, cornerback, Notre Dame

My take: Jackson was, of course, a team captain at Notre Dame -- another piece of the Giants' character-driven plan for this year's draft. He's a relatively tall cornerback at 6-foot-1, but he doesn't have a lot of speed and likely doesn't project as a starter at the position in the NFL.

If it weren't already clear Friday night, it's obviously clear by now that the Giants were willing to take less-talented guys if they fit the makeup and character profile they wanted. The Giants knew they couldn't afford any "busts" in this year's draft and that they took too many "project" guys in recent years that haven't panned out. It's unlikely that any of their Day 3 picks will develop into stars. But it's reasonable to expect that they'll at least be useful, if only on special teams -- an area that has eroded significantly on their roster in recent years. Jackson lists as a cornerback, but he's unlikely to play that, especially early in his career.

Local ties: Jackson is a local kid, a native of Hazlet, N.J. and a graduate of Raritan High School.

What's next: Nothing. The Giants are out of picks. They traded their seventh-round pick for Jon Beason during the 2013 season. The rookies will now make travel arrangements to get here as soon as possible and join the veterans for workouts here in East Rutherford, N.J. next week.

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