With Darian Thompson sidelined for at least a week, the Giants need to find a free safety, and the veteran cornerback could be the solution. If Hall were to wind up starting, he'd have some IDP upside.
With Jason Pierre-Paul and Olivier Vernon around Odighizuwa probably won't see a huge snap count, but he's a skilled pass rusher, and the Giants will get him on the field as an interior lineman on passing downs.
He's fast and has coverage skills the rest of the corps lacks. He'll start on the weak side where he has a chance to rack up tackles as well as plays in the passing game.
Geathers has been dealing with a foot injury that he suffered during the offseason and despite original expectations that it wasn't a long-term injury, it appears he won't be ready in time for Week 1. He's been limited to biking and treadmill work recently and hasn't done any cutting, which makes it seem as if Geathers could still be a ways off from a return to the field. T.J. Green is currently the leading candidate to start at free safety for the Colts.
The Lions seem comfortable entering the 2016 campaign with Darius Slay, Nevin Lawson, Quan Diggs and Darrin Walls serving as their top four cornerbacks, but the signing of McGee, at the expense of the recently-waived Keith Williams, may signal the team is unsure of the depth behind them. Johnson Bademosi, Crezdon Butler and Alex Carter figure to join McGee as the primary competition for what may ultimately be one or two roster spots.
While the injury was originally considered nothing serious, it ended up costing Thomas almost a month of action. On Tuesday, Thomas was activated from the PUP list and he'll likely be eased into practice in the coming few days. It's unclear if Thomas will take part in either of the team's final two preseason games, but he's fully expected to ready for the regular season opener. Look for Thomas to take on depth role in his second year with the Giants.
The 32-year-old racked up 216 combined tackles and 26 sacks across 96 career games.
Carrington signed with Houston just one week ago, but had been sidelined for undisclosed reasons during the majority of his stay. The injury is presumed to be related to the season-ending quadriceps tear he suffered in 2015 since his contract included an accompanying injury waiver. Thus, his release terminates the one-year, $760,000 contract he inked last Tuesday as he was unable to remain healthy.
After starting 11 games during his rookie season, Williams was moved back into a reserve role the past two years, but has been a reliable depth option for the Steelers. He's been rewarded with a three-year extension and is expected to continue to back up the likes of Lawrence Timmons and Ryan Shazier at inside linebacker. Williams is coming off a 2015 campaign where he posted a career-high 46 tackles, to go along with 0.5 sacks, so he'll look to continue to build on his recent success during the upcoming season.
While not yet a full participant, the sight on the field of Sheard (who sprained his MCL on Aug. 11) in any capacity, is nonetheless an encouraging development for the Patriots' pass rush in advance of Week 1.