Backup quarterback Jared Lorenzen
was waived by the New York Giants on Monday, a little more than a
month before the Super Bowl champions open training camp.
The Giants also waived receiver Todd Lowber, long snapper Nick
Leeson, defensive tackle Brian Soi and offensive lineman Jacobs
Hobbs - all first-year players.
Lorenzen's status had been a question mark since the Giants
signed veteran David Carr as a free agent and drafted Andre
Woodson, who, like Lorenzen, played at Kentucky. With Eli Manning and Anthony Wright also on the roster, the
moves left the Giants with five quarterbacks. With the current
80-man training camp roster limit, there was no way the team was
going to bring five quarterbacks to camp at the University at
Signed as a free agent in 2004, Lorenzen left the team after
minicamp and did not return for personal reasons. The big
left-hander rejoined the club in 2005 and spent the past three
seasons as a seldom-used backup to Manning.
Lorenzen, who battled weight problems, played in four regular
season games and one postseason game with the Giants. All eight of
his regular-season passes came last season, with four completions
for 28 yards. He also used his bulk to rush twice for first downs
in short-yardage situations in 2006.
Lorenzen was the backup quarterback for two games this past
season and third quarterback behind Manning and Wright the rest of
Woodson is a little more athletic. He threw for 3,709 yards and
40 touchdowns for the Wildcats last season, hitting 63 percent of
"This was too good to pass up," coach Tom Coughlin said after
the Giants used a sixth-round pick to take him. "He was highly
rated on our board."
The moves leave the Giants with 81 players on their roster,
including six unsigned draft choices.
Lowber had two stints on the Giants' practice squad last season.
The former Ramapo College basketball player was originally signed
by Minnesota as a free agent.
Leeson played in two preseason games for the Baltimore Ravens
Soi played in four preseason games for the Miami Dolphins in
Hobbs played in four preseason games for the Philadelphia Eagles
last year. He was also the first University at Albany player signed
by the Giants.