Former Raiders DE Edwards claimed by Giants

The Sports Xchange

September 02, 2018 at 11:12 am.

The New York Giants claimed defensive end Mario Edwards and five other players on waivers Sunday.

Edwards, who was a former second-round pick of Oakland, was waived by the Raiders on Saturday as the team trimmed its roster to 53 players.

Oakland unsuccessfully attempted to shop the 24-year-old Edwards prior to the roster deadline, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported.

Edwards recorded 71 tackles and 5.5 sacks during three seasons with the Raiders. He missed nearly all of the 2016 campaign with a hip injury.

The 6-foot-3, 280-pound Edwards collected a career-high 3.5 sacks to go along with 27 tackles while starting in all of his 14 appearances last season.

A new beginning with the Giants should be beneficial for Edwards, who will attempt to push rookie B.J. Hill and second-year player Dalvin Tomlinson.

Wide receiver Kaelin Clay was also claimed by the Giants after splitting last season with Buffalo Bills and Carolina Panthers.

Clay had just one reception for 28 yards in four games before being released by the Bills. He was then claimed by the Panthers, recording five catches for 57 yards over nine games while returning a punt for a touchdown in a 35-27 win against the New York Jets on Nov. 26.

Defensive backs Antonio Hamilton, Kamrin Moore and Michael Jordan and center Spencer Pulley were also claimed by the Giants on Sunday.