The majority of the 66 players who participated in the New York Giants' rookie minicamp Friday and Saturday were there on a tryout basis. Four of them impressed enough to get contracts.
The Giants announced Monday that they have signed running back Kenneth Harper of Temple, wide receiver Ben Edwards of Richmond, tight end Will Tye of Stony Brook and defensive tackle Carlif Taylor of Southern Connecticut State.
Harper ran for 305 yards and five touchdowns (including a 74-yarder against Memphis) and caught 27 passes for 528 yards and another touchdown this past year at Temple. Edwards had a total of 154 catches for 1,558 yards and five touchdowns over the past two years at Richmond. Tye caught 79 passes for 1,015 yards and nine touchdowns in two seasons at Stony Brook after transferring from Florida State. Taylor is a 6-foot-1, 319-pound New York City native who had 73 tackles last year for Southern Connecticut State.
After selecting six players in the NFL draft and then signing six undrafted free agents last week, the Giants only had one open roster spot heading into rookie camp. So to make room for these new signees, they terminated the contract of running back Chris Ogbonnaya and waived linebacker James Davidson and defensive back Thomas Gordon.