New DE in Town

The Giants knew they needed to do something. No, you don't just replace Osi Umneyiora, who's out for the year with a knee injury. But adding a proven veteran like Jerome McDougle to the DE mix will certainly help lessen the sting.

McDougle, who was released by Philly on Saturday, will join Dave Tollefson and Renaldo Wynn as reserve ends behind Justin Tuck and Mathias Kiwanuka – who have stepped in, respectively, for Michael Strahan and Umenyiora.

"We think that this is going to be a real good investment for us," Tom Coughlin said. "He is a defensive end and he is a pass-rusher and he can fit in a rotation and can be a part of any third down package or second-and-long package that we have. He gives us some flexibility and versatility with a player. We are constantly trying to upgrade."

McDougle, a 6-2, 264-pound six-year veteran, is thrilled to be moving up the New Jersey Turnpike to Giants Stadium.

"It is great," McDougle said. "Defending Super Bowl champs – I look good in blue. I feel good to be here, staying in the division, so it's not really much of a difference as far as guys you are going against. I just feel good to be here, to be wanted, and I am just looking forward to doing some good things on this defense. I like the defensive scheme, it is sort of the same kinds of things that I came from – a lot of movement – and we get after it."

McDougle is very familiar with Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, who was on the Eagles' coaching staff during his first five seasons in Philly.

"That is great," McDougle said. "Coach Spags has done a good job here. He really gets after it and put his own niche on the kind of the defense that we were running there in Philly. It is good for me because there is a lot of movement, which allows for guys like me a chance to kind of move and get after the quarterback a little bit."

McDougle, who will wear number 95 for Big Blue, has had a star-crossed career that has been plagued by injuries and a gunshot wound. In five years with the Eagles he played in only 33 regular season games – plus six postseason games – with no starts. McDougle didn't play at all in two of the last three years, spending the 2005 season on the non-football injury list and 2007 on injured reserve. He has 46 career tackles (24 solo), including 3.0 sacks for 18 yards, and two forced fumbles.

*The Giants signed seven players to their practice squad, all of whom they released on Saturday: quarterback Andre' Woodson, wide receiver Marcus Monk, offensive linemen Na'Shan Goddard and Kurt Quarterman, defensive end Wallace Gilberry, defensive tackle Jeremy Clark and cornerback Geoffrey Pope.

They still have one more practice squad opening. Two players who were released yesterday and would have been candidates for the practice squad were claimed by other teams – wide receiver Brandon London with Miami and linebacker Tank Daniels with Philadelphia.


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