Legendary assistant GM Brandon Brown and special teams coordinator Thomas McGaughey will attend an NFL diversity symposium in Atlanta on Monday as a networking opportunity for minority GMs and head coaching candidates, according to a source.
Monday’s symposium is a league effort to improve the insufficient diversity track record. The seminar will give candidates a chance to network and interact with NFL team owners ahead of Tuesday’s regularly scheduled one-day spring owners meeting.
Brown, 33, is moving into his first year as a Giants assistant GM after spending the past five years with the Philadelphia Eagles. He was the director of player personnel in 2021.
McGaughey, 49, is a respected veteran coordinator for six NFL franchises. He is entering his fifth consecutive season with the Giants in his second stint with the organization.
The opening of the symposium was first reported by The Washington Post.
schoen shuffling the deck
The Giants shuffled the bottom of their roster on Wednesday with four signings and similar cuts. He signed defensive end Jalyn Holmes, safety Henry Black, and corners Maurice Kennedy and Khalil Dorsey.
He cut quarterback Brian Laverke, outside linebacker Trent Harris, defensive end Raymond Johnson III and defensive back Jordan Mosley (pardoned/injured).
LaVerke’s release leaves the Giants with only three quarterbacks on their roster: Daniel Jones, Tyrod Taylor and Davis Webb.
Holmes, 26, who played 189 defensive snaps (35%) for the New Orleans Saints last season, has known Giants defensive line coach Andre Patterson from his time in Minnesota.
Black, 25, is a former Green Bay packer who played with several special teams in 2021. He logged 262 defensive snaps (24%), mostly in slots or boxes.
Kennedy, 27, and Dorsey, 24, are both former Baltimore Ravens who played under legendary defensive coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale. Both spent time on injured reserve last season.
Kennedy, a 2020 opt-out, has been on three teams over the past four years: the Ravens, the Jets and the Cowboys. He is a special team player with four starts in 40 career games. He has played 366 snaps in the slot and 364 out, according to Pro Football Focus, with spot use near the line of scrimmage.
Dorsey has played only four NFL snaps in the corner, as a rookie in all slots, per PFF. He spent all the previous seasons on IR.
Mosley (Maryland) was in one of two rookie minicamp tryouts to sign with the Giants, along with Day Ryder Anderson (Indiana) a few days earlier. The team also signed six draft picks originating from that minicamp: first rounders Evan Neal and Kywan Thibodaux, fifth rounders LB Micah McFadden, DTs DJ Davidson and Marcus McKethan, and sixth-rounders Darien Beavers.
QB leaves the Giants for the CFL
Laverke got the Giants through a rookie minicamp, only to be given a waiver four days later. Michigan State Products was the quarterback on the field last weekend.
As Football Gameplan’s Emory Hunt reports, the team had planned to bring in Canadian QB Trey Ford as a trial. But Ford chose to report at the Edmonton Elks’ CFL training camp instead.
Ford, 24, told the Edmonton Sun that “the veteran … wanted me to kind of play … also an athlete’s position, so maybe a little trailing/receiver type of thing. And I’m definitely the quarterback.” Was interested in pursuing his career as
He had also been to the Baltimore Ravens’ camp a week earlier. And as the Elks’ 2022 first-round selection in the CFL draft, they decided to show up for a chance to compete at their preferred venue in Alberta.
OTAs are running
The Giants have 10 voluntary, full-team OTA exercises through June 3 before their mandatory minicamp, which runs from June 7-9. Their first two OTAs were closed to the media on Monday and Tuesday. Thursday will be open. Rest of the OTAs will be on 23rd, 24th, 26th (open) and 31st May and 1st June, 2nd (open) and 3rd May.