New York Giants cornerback Jayron Hosley missed the first four games of this season on a drug suspension, and the team got a one-week roster exemption that allowed it to carry him through Week 5. But that window closed Monday, and the Giants did indeed add Hosley to their 53-man roster.
To make room on the roster for Hosley, the Giants waived cornerback Chandler Fenner, who'd just been added from the practice squad this past weekend. They also waived wide receiver Julian Talley and promoted running back Michael Cox from the practice squad.
Why make room for Hosley as opposed to just letting him go? It's a fair question, but there are a couple of potential answers to it. First of all, Hosley was the Giants' third-round pick in 2012, and the Giants generally take a very long time before giving up on their draft picks. Second, Hosley plays special teams, so he serves a purpose even if he doesn't get in on defense. And third, if Hosley does have a strength as a defender, it's as a nickel cornerback. The Giants are thin there with Walter Thurmond on injured reserve and Trumaine McBride filling in for him. If McBride got hurt -- or if another starting corner got hurt and McBride had to move outside -- Hosley would be a good fit in the nickel position.
As for the other move, the Giants had to promote Cox because they're thin at running back due to the injury to starter Rashad Jennings. Andre Williams and Peyton Hillis were the only two healthy running backs on the roster before Cox's promotion. He'll sit third on the depth chart as Williams will get the bulk of the carries and Hillis fills in on some passing downs.