The offseason is not all about moves involving big money and marquee players. More often, it is about moves involving players who make up the middle and back end of the roster. As such, the Giants re-signed Scott Simonson, a useful tight end more than capable as a blocker in the run game, Tuesday to a one-year contract.
Simonson, 26, is a local product, from Middletown (N.J.) High School. He played in all 16 games last season, starting four times, and finished with nine receptions for 86 yards and his first NFL touchdown, Dec. 23 at Indianapolis. Simonson was signed in June as a free agent. He previously was with the Raiders and Panthers. Dave Gettleman, the Giants general manager, was running the football operation at Carolina when Simonson signed with that team.
Simonson is not nearly the pass-receiver Evan Engram is and is not as solid a blocker as Rhett Ellison. He filled a role, though, and will be given another chance to stick on the roster this season.
The Giants could be losing a valued coach. Defensive backs coach Lou Anarumo will interview with the Bengals on Thursday for their defensive coordinator opening, according to NFL Network. The 52-year-old reportedly is viewed as the front-runner for the gig.
Anarumo worked alongside new Bengals coach Zac Taylor in Miami, where he rose up the ranks from 2012-17. Last season was his first on the Giants’ staff.