Inside the Roster

The shape of New York's opening-night roster is still an ongoing process.

One day after the club sliced its roster to 52, Big Blue signed two players and also released veteran Zach Piller, who was signed this offseason to compete for the starting left guard spot.

The newcomers will join the team after the Giants acquired them via waiver claims: guard Kevin Boothe from the Oakland Raiders and cornerback Dovonte Edwards from the Minnesota Vikings. Both players were waived this weekend.

Boothe, a 6-5, 315-pounder from Cornell, played in all 16 games and started the final 14 at right guard as a rookie last season with the Raiders. He also played on special teams. Oakland selected Boothe on the sixth round of the 2006 NFL Draft, the 176th overall selection. At Cornell, he was a four-year starter who played three different positions. Boothe started his career at right guard, shifted to right tackle as a junior, then started the final eight games of his senior season at left tackle. He was just the fourth player in Cornell history to be named All-Ivy League three times.

Edwards, 6-0 and 182, spent the 2006 season in injured reserve with an arm injury suffered in a preseason game at Dallas on Aug. 31. He played in all four of the Vikings' preseason games last month and had an interception against the Jets in Giants Stadium.

A product of North Carolina State, Edwards played in 12 games with no starts as a rookie in 2005. In a Monday Night game at Lambeau Field on Nov. 21, Edwards intercepted a Brett Favre pass and returned it 51 yards for a touchdown, the second-longest interception return by a rookie in Minnesota history. It was his only pick as a rookie. Edwards finished the season with nine tackles (eight solo) and 16 special teams tackles.

Edwards joined the Vikings as an undrafted free agent after earning four letters at N.C. State. He played wide receiver, cornerback and returned punts for the Wolfpack. In 2004, he was named the team's Most Dependable Defensive Back and Most Outstanding Defensive Player.

Piller signed with the Giants on June 7 after spending eight seasons with the Tennessee Titans. He was the second-team left guard throughout training camp.

*The Giants signed four players to their practice squad: Wide receiver Brandon London, guard Matt Lentz, defensive end Marquise Gunn and cornerback E.J. Underwood. All were waived by the Giants yesterday.

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