Giants assistant general manager Brandon Brown and special teams coordinator Thomas McGaughey will attend an NFL diversity seminar in Atlanta on Monday as a networking opportunity for head coaching and general manager candidates. of minorities, according to one source.
Monday’s seminar is an effort by the league to improve a history of insufficient diversity. The seminar will provide candidates with an opportunity to network and interact with NFL team owners prior to the regularly scheduled spring one-day owners meeting on Tuesday.
Brown, 33, is on the rise in his first year as the Giants’ assistant general manager after spending the previous five years with the Philadelphia Eagles. He was director of player personnel in 2021.
McGaughey, 49, is a respected veteran coordinator for six NFL franchises. He is entering his fifth straight season with the Giants in his second stint with the organization.
The launch of the seminar was first reported by The Washington Post.
SCHOEN SHUFFLING THE DECK
The Giants reshuffled the bottom of their roster Wednesday with four signings and corresponding cuts. They signed defensive end Jalyn Holmes, safety Henry Black and corners Maurice Canady and Khalil Dorsey.
They released quarterback Brian Lewerke, outside linebacker Trent Harris, defensive end Raymond Johnson III and defenseman Jordan Mosley (waived/injured).
Lewerke’s release leaves the Giants with just three quarterbacks on their roster: Daniel Jones, Tyrod Taylor and Davis Webb.
The 26-year-old Holmes, who played 189 defensive snaps (35%) for the New Orleans Saints last season, knows Giants defensive line coach Andre Patterson from their time together in Minnesota.
Black, 25, is a former Green Bay Packer who played on many special teams in 2021. He made 262 defensive snaps (24%), most of them in the slot or box.
Canady, 27, and Dorsey, 24, are both former Baltimore Ravens who played under Giants defensive coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale. Both spent time on injured reserve last season.
Canady, who opted out in 2020, has been on three teams in the last four years: the Ravens, the Jets and the Cowboys. He is a special team player with four starts in 40 career games for him. He has played 366 snaps in the slot and 364 on the outside, according to Pro Football Focus, with occasional use near the line of scrimmage.
Dorsey has played only four corner plays in the NFL, all in the slot as a rookie, according to PFF. He spent all of last season on IR.
Mosley (Maryland) was one of two rookie minicamp tryouts signed by the Giants a few days ago, along with DE Ryder Anderson (Indiana). The team also signed six draft picks out of that minicamp: first-rounders Evan Neal and Kayvon Thibodeux, fifth-rounders LB Micah McFadden, DT DJ Davidson and Marcus McKethan, and sixth-rounder Darrian Beavers.
QB JUMPS TEST OF GIANTS FOR CFL
Lewerke carried the Giants through rookie minicamp, only to be cut four days later. The Michigan State product was the quarterback on the field last weekend.
The team had planned to bring in Canadian quarterback Tre Ford as a test, as reported by Football Gameplan’s Emory Hunt. But Ford opted to show up at the Edmonton Elks CFL training camp.
The 24-year-old Ford told the Edmonton Sun that “the Giants … wanted me to play … an athletic position, too, so maybe a little bit at running back/receiver. And I was definitely interested in pursuing my career as a quarterback.”
He had also been to Baltimore Ravens camp the week before. And as the Elks’ 2022 first-round pick in the CFL draft, he decided to show up in Alberta with a chance to compete at his preferred position.
OTE IN PROGRESS
The Giants have 10 voluntary full-team OTA practices through June 3 before their mandatory minicamp June 7-9. Its first two OTAs on Monday and Tuesday were closed to the media. Thursday will be open. The rest of the OTAs will be on May 23, 24, 26 (open) and 31, and June 1, 2 (open) and 3.