Giants add John Jenkins, Nate Stupar to their defense

Aug 30, 2018; New Orleans, LA, USA; Los Angeles Rams quarterback Luis Perez (9) is pressured by New Orleans Saints linebacker Nate Stupar (54) in the second half at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints won, 28-0. Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Patricia Traina

9/5/18 Update: The Giants have waived RB Robert Martin as the other corresponding roster move.

The New York Giants continued tweaking their 53-man roster Tuesday, adding defensive tackle John Jenkins and linebacker Nate Stupar.

The 6-3, 330-pound Jenkins began his career with the Saints, who drafted him in the third round of 2013. Jenkins made stops with the Seahawks in 2016 and the Bears last year.

Jenkins will likely serve as the backup to nose tackle Damon Harrison, who appeared to be left without backups after the team decided to move on from both A.J. Francis and Robert Thomas during Sundays initial roster cuts from 90 to 53 men.

Jenkins has appeared in 59 career games with 23 starts. Hes accumulated 67 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 2 passes defensed and a forced fumble.

Stupar, 6-4, 230 pounds, began his career in 2013 with the 49ers. Later that season, he finished with the Jaguars before moving on to the Falcons for whom he played two seasons.

The 30-year-old Stupar was most recently with the Saints, for whom he played in 20 games over two seasons, his 2017 campaign being cut short by a torn ACL suffered in Week 6.

Stupar has appeared in 53 games with nine starts. Hes racked up 119 tackles, 2.0 sacks, 4 passes defensed, 1 interception and 2 forced fumbles.

To make room for the new players, the Giants waived linebacker Romeo Okwara.

Rookie running back Robert Martin was also waived to create a roster opening.

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I think they made a mistake letting Thomas go. Clearly, this is a win now philosophy at work, as the Giants bring in a flood of no-name cast off, veterans. This is what Brian Cashman always does with the Yankees. And they wind up with an above average team of costly, former stars who can no longer deliver. I guess the message is; don't start admiring and following any individual player. Because he won't be there tomorrow. We won't have a team who even knows each others' names. If they win, it is fine. If not, it is chaos. We'll see on Sunday.


To make room for the new players, the Giants waived linebacker Romeo Crennel.

Isn't he a former Giants coach?


This team will be a work in progress for many more weeks???