New York Giants sign DL Kobe Smith; WR Dre Miller waived/injured

The New York Giants have signed defensive lineman Kobe Smith. In a corresponding move, tight end/wide receiver Dre Miller was waived/injured.

Smith, 24, went undrafted in 2020 out of South Carolina, has never played in an NFL regular season game and has bounced around on the practice squads of several teams: Tennessee, Tampa Bay, Philadelphia and Atlanta. He was most recently on the roster of the San Antonio Brahmas of the XFL.

Smith (6’2″, 312) will vie for a backup spot on the interior of the Giants’ defensive line which is deeper than it has been in recent years with the addition of free agent veterans A’Shawn Robinson and Rakeem Nunez-Roches and rookie Jordan Riley.

The line naturally starts with Pro Bowler Dexter Lawrence in the middle, flanked by veteran Leonard Williams. D.J. Davidson also returns after missing a good portion of his rookie year to injury.

Miller was expendable after the Giants beefed up their tight end and wide receiver rooms this offseason with the acquisitions of Darren Waller and Tommy Sweeney and with Daniel Bellinger and Lawrence Cager returning.

If Miller clears waivers, he will revert to the team’s injured reserve list.

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