Giants Nation fan-favorite TE Rysen John, a 2020 UDFA signed by the Giants, was having a solid preseason. After missing the first two weeks of camp on the COVID list, Rysen had stepped up his play, including 35 snaps in Sunday’s game versus the Browns.
Then near the end of the game, he went down with an ankle injury suffered on his last catch.
The Giants placed John on the Injured Reserve list today as one of the personnel moves which cut the roster down to 80 players. It’s a real shame for Rysen as he leads the Giants with six receptions over the two preseason games.
He was being used similarly to the way Evan Engram is used in the Giants’ offense, including mid-range seam routes.
John had a key 29-yard reception in the Giants’ first touchdown drive. He is still finding his way as a blocking TE, getting called for a holding penalty early in the game and getting pushed off his block on the Giants’ two-point attempt.
Although the injury does not appear to be season-ending, the move by the Giants effectively ends Rysen’s 2021 season because the IR placement occurred before the final 53-man roster is set. But, there is one possibility that leaves the door open for John to rejoin the team. The Giants could reach an injury settlement with John and waive him. This will allow him to join the team’s practice squad if he clears waivers and no other team signs him.
This was a similar scenario that Rysen had last year…injury in the preseason, injury settlement, waived, re-signed to the practice squad.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Rysen John just after he signed his UDFA contract in 2020. He’s a converted wide receiver from Canada.
The Giants immediately let him know they wanted to make him a TE and take advantage of his 6’7″ height, sure hands and catch radius. In college, he weighed in at just 220 lbs. At the time of the interview, he had beefed up to 237 lbs. This preseason, he was clearly showing a solid frame and those sure hands.
With the Giants’ TE injuries piling up, Rysen John was definitely putting himself in the discussion for 53-man roster consideration.
In the last two weeks, the Giants’ roster moves are nearly all associated with camp and game injuries. As the saying goes, “The best ability is availability.”
Heal fast, Rysen! We look for you to continue your quest to play in the NFL.
We hope it is with the Giants.
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