Less than 24 hours after "finalizing" their 53-man roster, the New York Giants have decided to shake things up. The team announced this afternoon that they have waived offensive lineman Mitch Petrus, replacing him with tackle D.J. Jones, whom they were warded off of waivers from the Philadelphia Eagles.
A fifth-round pick out of Arkansas in the 2010 NFL Draft, Petrus struggled mightily throughout training camp and the preseason. At times, it seemed as if the highly energized lineman regressed, and did himself no favors by missing several assignments during a 6-3 victory over the New England Patriots in week four of the preseason. Following the game, Giants 101 speculated whether or not he would lose his job, and only a few days later, he's headed for free agency.
Replacing Petrus on the Giants' 53-man roster is offensive tackle D.J. Jones, a former Nebraska Cornhusker who was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Miami Dolphins in 2011.
The 6-5, 310 lbs. lineman was subsequently waived off of the Dolphins' practice squad, signed and then released by the Baltimore Ravens after 11 weeks before signing on with the Philadelphia Eagles. He was then waived by the Iggles yesterday as the team trimmed their roster to 53 men.
Jones started 14 games at right tackle his senior season at Nebraska, and was considered a "size prospect" who needed a lot of work coming out of college.
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