Giants’ roster strikes: OL Damien Mama, WR Hunter Sharp added

The New York Giants formally crammed the 2 open spots on their 53-man roster Tuesday, signing offensive lineman Damien Mama and kick returner/broad receiver Hunter Sharp.

The Sharp signing is one thing we realized about Tuesday morning. He was on the Denver Broncos’ observe squad, and can take the spot opened when Darius Powe was positioned on IR with a damaged foot. He performed in a single sport for Denver this season, returning 5 punts for 55 yards.

Mama is a 6-foot-Three, 342-pound rookie. An undrafted free agent out of USC, he was signed off the observe squad of the Kansas City Chiefs. He didn’t play in any regular-season video games with Kansas City. He takes the spot vacated when the Giants waived defensive deal with Kyhri Thornton.

Here is a part of a pre-2017 NFL Draft scouting report on Mama from Pro Football Focus:

“If Mama can play the game in a small area and lock onto a target he can not only lock up his defender but also generate movement and create space at the point of attack. However, his limited athleticism means that if he has to close much ground to his assignment or make a block on the move he struggles to be as effective. A strong 2016 season in pass protection shows his ability to play with power and shut down certain types of rushers but a lack of exposure to more speedy and agile rushers may lead to more flaws being exposed at the next level.”

The Giants crammed out their observe squad by including tight finish Ryan O’Malley and cornerback Tim Scott. Scott started the season on the Giants’ observe squad, was activated for the sport towards the Los Angeles Rams, and was reduce after that.

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