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Giants Send 13 Players to NFL Europe

Four of the drafted players were selected by Berlin Thunder.

By Michael Eisen, Giants.com

 

Read this story from your BlackBerry, phone or other wireless device at http://giants.com/wireless

 

February 10, 2006

 

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The Giants announced today that they have allocated 13 players to NFL Europe for the 2006 season. They are offensive linemen Jon Doty, Julius Franklin, Joe Iorio and Henry Tellis; wide receiver Curtis Williams; fullback Greg Hanoian; running back Chad Scott; linebacker Tyson Smith; cornerback Vontez Duff; safeties Jammal Brimmer, Jamacia Jackson and Jason Shivers; and punter/kicker Travis Dorsch.

 

Eight of the 13 players were selected in NFL Europe’s annual NFL Allocated Player Draft and four others were allocated to specific teams. Because kickers and punters will be assigned to teams lat a later date, Dorsch is the lone player allocated by the Giants who does not know where he will play.

 

NFL Europe consists of six teams: the Amsterdam Admirals, Berlin Thunder, Cologne Centurions, Frankfurt Galaxy, Hamburg Sea Devils and Rhein Fire.

 

Four of the drafted players were selected by Berlin: Franklin (on the seventh round), Brimmer (14th), Jackson (16th) and Williams (17th). Hamburg chose Duff on the ninth round, Cologne tabbed Doty on the 12th round, and Amsterdam took Tellis on the 13th round and Scott on the 19th round.

 

Those players assigned to specific teams are Iorio (Amsterdam), Shivers (Hamburg) and Hamoian and Smith (Rhein).

 

Here’s a quick look at the Giants’ allocated players:

 

• Doty, a 6-7, 307-pounder from Kansas State, was signed to the Giants’ practice squad on Dec. 13 and remained there through the end of the season. Doty was in the Carolina Panthers’ training camp last summer. He was waived on Sept. 3. Doty started 26 games his junior and senior seasons at Kansas State.

 

• Franklin, 6-2 and 316 pounds, was in Jacksonville’s training camp last year. He was waived on Aug. 13 and was signed to a reserve/futures contract by the Giants on Jan. 4. He played collegiate football at Bethune-Cookman.

 

• Iorio, 6-3 and 308 pounds, entered the NFL as a rookie free agent with the Indianapolis Colts in 2003. After being waived by the Colts, he spent time on the practice squads of the Miami Dolphins, Indianapolis and Tampa Bay Buccaneers before signing with the Pittsburgh Steelers on Feb. 7, 2005. He was waived on Aug. 29 and was out of football last season. Iorio started 30 games at Penn State.

 

• Tellis, 6-6 and 308, was signed as a rookie free agent by the Jets on April 29, 2005. He was waived on Aug. 27. He played in 39 games with 22 starts at Troy State.

 

• Williams, 6-2 and 204 pounds, was signed by the Baltimore Ravens as a rookie free agent on April 29, 2005. He was waived on Aug. 29. Williams played 44 games at the University of Maryland, where he was a safety and linebacker in addition to playing wide receiver.

 

• Hanoian, 6-2 and 255, was signed as a rookie free agent by the Detroit Lions on April 29, 2005. He was released twice before doing two tours with Green Bay’s practice squad (Nov. 1-22 and Nov. 23- Dec. 20). At Syracuse, he had a career average of 5.6 yards per carry.

 

• Scott, 5-8 and 195, signed with the Cleveland Browns as a rookie free agent on May 2, 2005. He was waived on Aug. 2, signed with Pittsburgh on Aug. 8 and was released two weeks later. Scott played college football at both Kentucky and North Carolina and rushed for 1,799 career yards and 16 touchdowns.

 

• Smith, 6-2 and 240 pounds, signed with the Baltimore Ravens as a rookie free agent on April 29, 2005. He was waived on Sept. 3. Smith was signed to the Giants’ practice squad on Jan. 4, 2006 and to a reserve/futures contract five days later. A four-year starter at Iowa State, Smith finished his career with 225 tackles and 12.5 sacks.

 

• Duff, 5-11 and 203 pounds, was a sixth-round draft choice by the Houston Texans in 2004. He was waived on Aug. 31, 2004 and had short stints with Chicago and on the practice squads of Indianapolis and Miami before joining Pittsburgh’s practice squad on Oct. 20 and staying through the end of the season. He was signed to the Steelers’ roster on Jan. 5, 2005 and waived on Aug. 31. Duff was a two-year starter at cornerback for Notre Dame.

 

• Brimmer, 6-1 and 216, was signed by the Seattle Seahawks on April 29, 2005 and was waived on Aug. 29. At UNLV, he played in 45 games with 34 starts and was the Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of the Year in 2002 and 2003.

 

• Jackson, 6-1 and 223, was signed by the Tennessee Titans on April 29, 2005 and was waived on July 27. He played in 43 games at the University of South Carolina, where he had 154 tackles and two interceptions.

 

• Shivers, 6-0 and 200 pounds, was a fifth-round draft choice of the St. Louis Rams in 2004. He was waived on Sept. 16 and signed to the team’s practice squad two days later. Shivers was signed to the Chicago Bears’ active roster on Dec. 14, 2005 and was waived on June 9, 2005. He started 34 games and had six interceptions at Arizona State.

 

• Dorsch, a 6-6, 221-pound product of Purdue, was in camp with Cincinnati in 2002-03, Green Bay in 2004 and Minnesota last summer, when he averaged 31.8 yards on five preseason punts.

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I seem to remember seeing the names Duff and Shivers from last years' draft. Are they any good, just underdeveloped; or just lower-tiered talent?

 

Either way, letting NFL-E do some development on so many players is a smart move. Even if only 1 or 2 guys stick, we have decent back-ups at dirt-cheap salaries.

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