Giants re-sign DT Mike Patterson, add CB Zack Bowman

Giants defensive tackle Mike Patterson. Giants defensive tackle Mike Patterson. Photo Credit: AP

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The Giants announced two free-agent signings Monday that will provide depth at the front and back of their defense.

They re-signed defensive tackle Mike Patterson, the former first-round pick of the Eagles who played solidly as a backup for the Giants in 2013, and added cornerback Zack Bowman, who was with the Bears for six seasons.

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The return of Patterson is significant after the Giants lost starting defensive tackle Linval Joseph to the Vikings in free agency. They expect Johnathan Hankins to replace Joseph as a starter alongside Cullen Jenkins but need an experienced backup. Patterson was strong against the run last season, one of the big reasons the Giants made a marked improvement in that category.

Bowman joins a defensive backfield that already had been supplemented with the additions of free agents Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Walter Thurmond and the re-signing of Trumaine McBride.

Bowman visited the Giants last week. He had a career-high six interceptions in 2009 and last season had three picks and 48 tackles for the Bears.

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