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Redskins sign QB Woodson, hoping to get some Giant signals

Recent Giants' castoff Andre Woodson may be used

Recent Giants' castoff Andre Woodson may be used as a scouting tool for the Redskins. Credit: Getty/Elsa

The way Tom Coughlin sees it, Andre Woodson wasn't signed to the Redskins' practice squad on the strength of his 28.0 passer rating in the preseason finale.

"That's pretty obvious why he is there," Coughlin said, implying that the Redskins picked him up off waivers to shake him down for information leading up to Sunday's opener at Giants Stadium. "There is no question that's what is going on, but hopefully, well, we'll see what transpires."

Woodson was drafted by the Giants last year and was on the practice squad. He was waived over the weekend and told he would not be asked back. That's when Washington got him.

It's not unusual for a team to acquire a castoff from an upcoming opponent. The Giants haven't been very blatant about doing so in recent years, but Coughlin said he's been on staffs where the tactic was used. "A guy doesn't get in the door two seconds and he's in the classroom and being drilled," he said.

Redskins coach Jim Zorn denied espionage as the main motivation. He said they won't "put him under a microscope" but added that he could be helpful in working on the Giants' snap counts and audibles. The Giants said they will have to change some of those elements.

The Giants also added a former Redskins player to their practice squad, signing fullback Nehemiah Broughton. But he was with the Redskins last season. He spent the summer with the Vikings.

Just how much can be gleaned from a recent castoff? Particularly one like Woodson who may want revenge? Said Coughlin, "You'd be surprised."


Giant steps

The Giants also signed QB Rhett Bomar, DBs DeAndre Wright, Vince Anderson and Sha'reff Rashad, RB Allen Patrick, TE Kareem Brown and DT Anthony Bryant to the practice squad . . . CB Aaron Ross (hamstring) and C Adam Koets (ankle) did not practice Monday.


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