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.
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.