Giants add vet DE Upshaw

The Giants announced several roster moves in which two players were added to the active roster, two were removed from the roster, and changes were made to the practice squad.

Players new to the active roster are defensive end Regan Upshaw and defensive tackle Davern Williams, who had been on the practice squad. To make room on the 53-man roster, defensive end Chuck Wiley was placed on injured reserve and offensive lineman Marques Sullivan was waived.

Tight end Mark Anelli was released from the practice squad. Signed to the practice squad were defensive tackle Ahmad Childress and wide receiver Michael Jennings.

Upshaw is a nine-year veteran who has played for four teams, including a six-game stint with Tom Coughlin's Jacksonville Jaguars in 1999. He has 34.5 career sacks. Upshaw has started 77 of the 107 regular season games in which he's played.

The 6-4, 265-pounder spent the 2003 season with the Washington Redskins. He played in all 16 games with eight starts and recorded 16 tackles and a sack. Upshaw was released by the Redskins on September 5.

Upshaw, 29, entered the NFL as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' first-round draft choice in 1996, the 12th overall selection. He left the University of California following his junior season. He started 46 games and had 18.5 sacks in his three full seasons with the Bucs, then was traded to Jacksonville on Oct. 19, 1999. Upshaw played in that season's AFC Championship Game for the Jaguars.

He became a free agent after that season and signed with the Oakland Raiders, playing in two more conference title games. Upshaw signed with Washington on March 1, 2003.

Williams, who is 6-3 and 305 pounds, joined the Giants' practice squad on October 27. He was a 2003 seventh-round draft choice by the Miami Dolphins out of Troy State. Williams spent the entire 2003 season on injured reserve with a shoulder injury.

Wiley suffered a torn ACL in the first half of the Giants' 27-6 loss to Philadelphia on Sunday. He was signed by the Giants on November 10, after defensive ends Michael Strahan (torn pec) and Keith Washington (knee) suffered season-ending injuries. Wiley played in three games and finished with five tackles and a half-sack.

Sullivan was awarded to the Giants off waivers from Buffalo on September 6. He was inactive for all 11 games this season.

Childress, a 6-5, 331-pounder, is a defensive tackle from the University of Alabama, where he developed a reputation as an outstanding run-stopper. He was signed as a rookie free agent by the Detroit Lions on April 30 and released on August 31.

Jennings attended Florida State, but he did not play football in college. He was a track and field athlete and earned All-ACC honors as a junior in the 200 meters and the 400 meters. Jennings was originally signed by the San Francisco 49ers on May 29, 2002 and waived on August 13, 2002. Jennings did not play football in 2003, but was signed by the New England Patriots on March 24, 2004. He was waived on August 13 and spent time on the practice squads of the Patriots (Sept. 10-22) and Baltimore Ravens (Nov. 9-16) this season.

Anelli joined the Giants' practice squad on September 7.


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