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JANUARY 16, 2009

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - The Giants today added two more players to their roster, but lost a member of their coaching staff.



The Giants lost assistant offensive line Coach Dave DeGuglielmo to the Dolphins The newest players on the roster are defensive back Steve Cargile and offensive lineman Terrance Pennington. The departing coach is Dave DeGuglielmo, who leaves the Giants after five seasons to become the offensive line coach of the Miami Dolphins.


Cargile, 6-2 and 210 pounds, played 15 games with the Denver Broncos in 2006 and 2007. He had four special teams tackles in three games in 2006 and seven special teams tackles in 12 games the following season. He was waived by the Broncos on April 28, 2008 and claimed the next day by the Cleveland Browns, who released him on Aug. 11, 2008.


Cargile entered the NFL as a rookie free agent with the Dallas Cowboys in 2004. He was waived on Sept. 5 and signed to the Cowboys’ practice squad two days later. Cargile did not play in 2005 and was in training camp with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2006 before joining the Broncos, first on their practice squad and later their active roster.


The Columbia University product played three seasons at wide receiver before switching to safety as a senior, when he started all 10 games and had 99 tackles and two interceptions. Cargile lettered in football, basketball and track at St. Peter High School in Bedford, Ohio. He was born on June 2, 1982.


Pennington, 6-7 and 315 pounds, was a seventh-round draft choice by the Buffalo Bills in 2006, the 216th overall selection. He started the final nine games of that season at right tackle for the Bills. Pennington was waived on Sept. 1, 2007. He was signed by the Atlanta Falcons on Oct. 23, 2007 and played in five games, primarily on special teams. Pennington was placed on injured reserve on Christmas Day with a torn pectoral muscle.


Last year, Pennington was in training camp with the Falcons but suffered a foot injury and was waived with an injury settlement on Aug. 30.


Pennington was a two-year starter at the University of New Mexico, where he played right tackle as a junior and left tackle his senior season. He played at Bishop Montgomery High School in Torrance, Calif. Pennington was born on Sept. 25, 1983.


DeGuglielmo was a member of Tom Coughlin’s original Giants coaching staff in 2004. That season, he was both the assistant offensive line coach and the offensive quality control coach. Prior to the 2005 season, he relinquished the quality control duties and has since assisted line coach Pat Flaherty. DeGuglielmo first worked for Coughlin as an assistant offensive line coach at Boston College in 1991-92. When Coughlin became the Giants’ head coach, “Guge” was the offensive line coach at the University of South Carolina. DeGuglielmo played for Giants offensive coordinator Chris Palmer at Boston University.


“When I had an opportunity to put this staff together, I thought Dave would be a great addition.” Coughlin said, “Not only for his ability, his hard work and his work ethic, but also for his sense of humor. He brings with him the Boston accent, and all the fun and the engagement back and forth about being a Bostonian – the Italian North End and the food and all of that.”


In Miami, DeGuglielmo will be reunited with head coach Tony Sparano, who was an assistant coach at Boston University when DeGuglielmo played there.


“He’s done an outstanding job here,” Coughlin said. “The fact of the matter is he’s worked hard for five years and an opportunity came along. We recognize that everyone wants to be ‘the guy’ in charge of their position. Dave knew he eventually had to be in charge of a position in order to achieve one of his goals. We’re sorry to see him go, but we wish him well in his new assignment.”

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