Dickerson was dropped from the Giants 10-man practice squad last week to make room for kicker Marshall Koehn, but it appears the franchise has had a change of heart following the aftermath of the 25-22 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 12. The Giants have officially signed Dickerson to their active roster now and he will replace return specialist and wide receiver Quadree Henderson. Earlier on Monday, Henderson was placed on injured reserve by the Giants after suffering a season-ending shoulder injury against the Eagles.
Share Share Giants roster moves: Quadree Henderson to IR, TE Garrett Dickerson added to roster tweet share Reddit Pocket Flipboard Email Quadree Henderson Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports After fracturing his shoulder Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles, punt returner Quadree Henderson has been placed on injured reserve by the New York Giants. The team announced Monday afternoon that tight end Garrett Dickerson has been signed from the practice squad to take his place on the 53-man roster.
Dickerson was originally added to the roster back in June before the team released him. Dickerson spent the first three weeks of the 2018 regular season on the Giants 10-man practice squad after not making the roster at final cuts back in early September. The Giants re-signed Dickerson in late September for a short stint after starting tight end Evan Engram suffered a sprained MCL injury that sidelined him for two weeks earlier in the 2018 regular season. The Giants released Dickerson after Engram returned from the MCL injury.
I was ready if we had a certain situation, he said. We jumped out early without me playing, so it was kind of, Okay, lets hold it, and then by the time the game got closer and by looking at the flow of the game, I was kind of not as warm as I was. Just wasnt the smartest idea to be thrown in.
According to Shurmur, Henderson, who served as the teams primary punt returner, suffered a fractured shoulder during the teams loss. In his post-game presser, Shurmur confirmed that Henderson suffered the shoulder injury on his only punt return of the game. Henderson made something out of nothing for a 9-yard punt return, and although he was first believed to have only suffered a stinger, the second diagnosis had a more grim result. Prior to the injury, Henderson has averaged 7.6 yards on nine punt returns and 22.4 yards on five kickoff returns.
Dickerson was likely added to the active 53-man roster because the Giants could enter their Week 13 game against the Chicago Bears with a shortage at the tight end position.
Although he was not ruled inactive prior to the game, Giants tight end and 2017 first-round draft pick did not play a single snap in Sundays loss. After the game, Shurmur confirmed that Engram tweaked his hamstring during pre-game warmups. The Giants wanted to play things cautiously after Engram missed multiple games earlier this season with a sprained MCL injury. The Giants did not play Engram for any snaps during the loss and instead leaned on tight ends Rhett Ellison and Scott Simonson.
Engram tried to get loose on the sideline in the first half, but did not make it onto the field. Hamstring injuries in the NFL can be very tricky and we would not be surprised if this one lingers. The Giants are set to host the NFC North first-place Chicago Bears next Sunday at 1:00 p.m.
As for Dickerson, the undrafted rookie free agent out of Northwestern will get his chance to prove that he belongs at the NFL level.
Dickerson earned All-Big Ten honors for the second time in his career during the 2017 season with the Northwestern Wildcats. Dickerson set new career-best marks in receptions (37), receiving yards (401) and yards per catch (10.8). Dickerson also tacked on four touchdowns.
Giants tight end Evan Engram was running a seam route during his normal in-uniform pregame warm-ups Sunday when he felt a “grab” in his hamstring.
Engram said the hamstring injury is not related to the knee injury that caused him to miss three games earlier this season.
“Im taking it day-by-day right now. Well rest it today and see as the week goes and Sunday approaches,” Engram said.
“The test I did today with the trainers I feel optimistic about, but its definitely something thats going to be based on how I feel and if I can be explosive and trust it and be the player that I am.”
FOX analyst Chris Spielman expected Engram to be the X-factor in for the Giants against the Eagles. Engram kept loosening his legs on the sideline during the first half as if he might get off the bench at some point.
“I was ready if we had a certain situation,” Engram said. “We jumped out early without me playing, so it was kind of, Okay, lets hold it, and then by the time the game got closer looking at the flow of the game, I was kind of not as warm as I was. Just wasnt the smartest idea to be thrown in.”
In Engrams absence, Rhett Ellison played 55 snaps of 62 offensive snaps and Scott Simonson played 18. A healthy Engrams role decreased in the previous two games out of the bye as the Giants went more often with Ellison, who is a better blocker, and fullback Eli Penny.
Engram made clutch fourth-quarter catches against the 49ers and Buccaneers but has just 23 catches for 257 yards and two touchdowns after his big rookie season in 2017.
“I definitely wasnt expecting this much (adversity), but thats life,” Engram said. “Thats football, so its definitely tough, but I was raised to smile in the face of adversity. Definitely not where I want to be, but its a part of the game, its a part of life and you just got to take it and keep moving forward.”
Punt returner Quadree Henderson fractured his shoulder and was put on injured reserve for the rest of the season because it is a six-week injury that does not require surgery, according to Henderson.
The Giants re-signed tight end Garrett Dickerson, who was cut from the practice squad Friday, to the 53-man roster as insurance for Engram.
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