Only a day after releasing veteran safety Ed Reed, the Houston Texans signed safety Jawanza Starling to their 53-man roster off of the New York Giants' practice squad.
To fill the void left by Houston's signing of Starling, the Giants signed linebacker Marcus Dowtin to their practice squad.
Dowtin, who went undrafted in the 2012 NFL Draft out of North Alabama, originally signed with the New York Jets. In a "six degrees of Kevin Bacon" type situation, Dowtin was actually signed to the Jets' 53-man roster when the team released fullback John Conner with an injury settlement. Conner, of course, now being the Giants starting fullback after he was released by the Cincinnati Bengals earlier this year.
The 6'2'', 226 lbs. Dowtin has played in eight NFL games (three with the Jets, five with the Buffalo Bills), collecting eight tackles.
Former Giants on the Move:
In another "six degrees of Kevin Bacon" type scenario, former Giants linebacker Dan Connor signed with the Carolina Panthers on Wednesday. Connor had been waived off of Injured Reserve (IR) by the Giants earlier this year, and now joins other former Giants — WR Domenik Hixon and LB Chase Blackburn — in Carolina, playing under new General Manager David Gettlemen, who had also been with the Giants previously as their Senior Pro Personnel Analyst.
Tying that all together is linebacker Jon Beason, whom the Giants acquired from Carolina for a 7th round pick in October.
In addition to Connor, former Giants offensive lineman Sean Locklear, who suffered what many thought was a career-ending knee injury in 2012, has signed with the Atlanta Falcons. He will once again practice across from former Giants DE Osi Umenyiora.
Former Giant Passes Away:
Todd Christensen, a long-time member of the Oakland Raiders and CBS Sports broadcaster, passed away on Wednesday morning. The five-time Pro Bowler spent two weeks (playing one game) with the Giants in 1979. He was only 57-years-old.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Christensen family.
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