The New York Giants’ roster merry-go-round continued to spin at a dizzying pace on Thursday morning, as the team shuffled through four spots on the 16-man practice team.
are as follows:
OL Wyatt Davis
DE Henri Mondeau
DB Tony Jefferson
LB Charles Wiley
DB Darren Evans
OT Roy Mbeteca
OT Garrett McGuinn
DB Nate Mares
The big news here is that the addition of veteran safety player Jefferson, entering his ninth season, is finally official. The move was expected since the Baltimore Ravens cut the 30-year-old, who spent part of his third and fourth season at Wink Martindale.
Jefferson is part of the practice squad, at least for now. But it wouldn’t surprise anyone if he was quickly promoted to his 53-man roster. Or, at least, he gained elevation on matchday. Jefferson has appeared in 104 games and started 66 in the regular season.
Wyatt Davis is a former Ohio State Guard and a player you really liked as a potential giant before the 2021 draft. He was selected by the Minnesota Vikings in Round 3 (he was 86th overall). The Vikings recently let go of new GM Kwesi Adfo-Mensah after he wiped out most of the team’s draft class from last season.
The 6-foot-4-inch, 315-pound Davis has played only 28 special teams snaps in six games in 2021. He hasn’t played a single offensive snap.
In Davis’ 2021 draft profile, BBV’s Chris Pfulm called him “probably a top guard candidate in the draft.”
Here are Chris’ predictions for Davis:
Wyatt Davis is active in the NFL as a starting guard with a versatile scheme. He has the athleticism to transition to the left flank if his future team needs to use him there, but staying at right guard allows for a quick transition to the NFL.
Davis is for the most part a “clean” prospect with all the attributes to be a reliable starter, taking starting roles in the NFL almost immediately and playing in any block scheme. Even its weaknesses are likely to improve with experience, with a slight tendency to lose sight of defenders, especially in chaotic play. He already has the technique and strength of play to start his NFL line and should quickly adapt to the speed of the professional game.
Coaches may fall in love with Davis’ competitive toughness over the course of the draft process. Davis was by all accounts an offensive guard and it was not uncommon to see him finish plays with his man on the ground. On several occasions he even jumped on a defensive defender and gave his play an exclamation point.
Davis’ late-season knee injury is likely to draw attention to both his return-to-field schedule and future projections. Little to no concern.
Davis’ draft stock may be limited by the value of his position, or “guard only” prospect value, but what you’re looking at is what you get from him as a prospect. What you get from Wyatt Davis is a great plug and play guard.
Obviously it didn’t work out in Minnesota. Perhaps Ohio’s knee injury had something to do with it. That said, the 23-year-old is still a lucrative player and an interesting acquisition for the Giants.
Mondeau is a 6’4, 280-pound defensive end who has appeared in 26 games and started two in his last two seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers. In his 2021 he had two sacks and his 16 tackles (6 solo).
Mbaeteka seems to be the most interesting player left off the practice squad. The 6’9, 320-pound Nigerian offensive tackle had never played football before signing with the Giants. The 22-year-old is far from ready to play in an NFL game, but he remains a compelling athlete. I wouldn’t be surprised if he returns to the practice team someday.