Today was supposed to be the day that the Giants had to decide whether to allow Adam Koets to begin practicing or put him on injured reserve. Well, they found a third option.
The Giants released the center, who spent the first nine weeks of the season on the PUP list. Koets’ claim to fame may be that he was honored as the 2007 Rookie of the Year by the team despite never playing in a regular season game that year (the entire rookie draft class was given the title that season). He started four games in four years with the Giants and played in 11 during the regular season. He was active and made his NFL debut in the wild-card playoff win in Tampa that kicked off the Super Bowl run in 2007.
It was a year ago yesterday that Koets tore his ACL in the blowout win over the Seahawks. He was slow to recover and began the season on PUP, but he sustained a back injury during his rehab and that’s ultimately what prevented him from returning to the field with the Giants.
It was a year ago Sunday that Koets signed a two-year extension with the Giants. He never made it through the first game of that new deal.
Koets is also the latest member of that draft class to depart from the Giants. So far, those who have not stuck around include Steve Smith, Jay Alford, Kevin Boss, Michael Johnson and Koets. The three who remain: Aaron Ross, Zak DeOssie and Ahmad Bradshaw. Ross is in the final year of his rookie contract. DeOssie signed a two-year extension the same day Koets did last year and Bradshaw signed for four years this offseason as a free agent.
The Giants also tweeked their practice squad. They added defensive end Craig Marshall and terminated the contract of fullback Alex Daniels.