Giants Sign Tryout Player After Rookie Minicamp

The New York Giants have signed undrafted free agent Elijah Chatman after a successful tryout at rookie minicamp.
New York Giants head coach Brian Daboll greets offensive tackle Evan Neal (73) on day two of
New York Giants head coach Brian Daboll greets offensive tackle Evan Neal (73) on day two of / Danielle Parhizkaran/ /

The New York Giants hosted their rookie minicamp this weekend and while the team's draft picks and undrafted free agents took center stage, the team hosted several players on a tryout basis. While a majority may not make the team right away it gives the team a ton of intel on potential players for the practice squad down the line.

One of those players was former SMU defensive tackle Elijah Chatman, whom the team signed after a successful tryout, per Aaron Wilson of KPRC-2. In 2023, Chatman recorded 5.5 sacks and 33 tackles for the SMU Mustangs.

The New York Giants now enter training camp with another option at defensive tackle alongside Dexter Lawrence. The team has been looking for a young reliable option next to Lawrence after trading away Leonard Williams, but Jordon Riley hasn't worked out thus far.

While Chatman is undersized, he's also incredibly athletic for a defensive tackle which could help him in the NFL.

Heading into training camp, Chatman will have a serious chance at making the team as an undrafted free agent. Chatman will compete with DJ Davidson, Jordon Riley, and Timmy Horne for a roster spot at defensive tackle. Working in Chatman's favor is that none of the players in front of him have had solid production thus far in the NFL.

It'll be interesting to see if any other players sign with the team after workouts but, the Giants will have a nice infusion of youth after struggling in 2023.

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