Other than the Logan Ryan signing on Tuesday, the New York Giants made two other signings to boost some depth at key positions. They re-signed center Jon Halapio and signed former Raiders, Eagles, and Steelers wide receiver Johnny Holton.
Halapio started 23 games in three years with the Giants, from 2017-2019. He filled in at right guard when D.J. Fluker got injured in 2017 and started the remaining six games.
Then in the summer of 2018, he won the starting center job against his pal Brett Jones, who got traded to the Minnesota Vikings. In Week 2 of the 2018 season, Halapio fractured his foot and was declared out for the rest of the year. Before his injury, he had the best play of any offensive lineman on the team.
In 2019, he won the starting center job again against Spencer Pulley. Halapio started 15 games in 2019. He was often bullied by big defensive lineman at the line of scrimmage. That was the other reason he was not brought back immediately, other than recovering from a torn Achilles.
He enters a center competition with Pulley, Nick Gates, and rookie Tyler Haycraft. However, it is a short opportunity since it is three days short of cut-day.
Johnny Holton spent some time with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Philadelphia Eagles in 2019. Before that, he was apart of the Oakland Raiders organization.
He started out with the Raiders as an undrafted free agent out of Clemson in 2016. In his time in Oakland, he was known for his special teams gunning. He recorded 12 special teams tackles in his rookie season. At one point in 2018, he changed his position to cornerback and then went back to wide receiver.
Holton then signed a futures contract with the Eagles in 2019. They waived him on May 8th, 2019. Five days later, he signed with the Steelers and wound up on their practice squad at the end of the summer. He made it onto the active roster on September 7th and was released on March 16th, 2020.