No one can replace Odell Beckham Jr. as far as what he brings to the field for the Giants, but there is his roster spot to fill. Monday morning, the Giants began the cleanup work, signing Travis Rudolph off their practice squad and re-signing Tavarres King, with more moves to come as they seek to rebuild their battered wide receiver corps.
Beckham went down in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s 27-22 loss to the Chargers with a fractured left ankle that ends his season. In the second quarter, Sterling Shepard and Brandon Marshall went down, on the same series, with sprained ankles that look to take several weeks to heal. After Dwayne Harris, a special teams player who also serves as a reserve receiver, was lost for the season with a fractured foot, the Giants finished the game with one healthy receiver, Roger Lewis.
Rudolph gets a promotion after an impressive summer. The top receiver at Florida State last year, he is best known for the picture of him sitting and eating lunch with an autistic middle school child in Tallahassee that went viral when the boy’s mother posted her expression of gratitude. Rudolph also garnered attention when his father was killed in an accidental shooting a week before the draft.
King was with the team last season but did not make the roster this summer after he was slowed with injuries in training camp. King in 2016 played in seven games, catching two passes for 50 yards. His only other NFL experience was two games for the Buccaneers in 2014. King is not a kick returner and not a special teams player.
Rudolph is a kick and punt returner and likely will fill one of those roles, replacing Harris, who handled both of them before he went down. Rudolph led the Giants in the preseason with nine receptions for 157 yards.
In another receiver move, Darius Powe will be signed to the practice squad. Powe was on the practice squad last season and was waived/injured near the end of training camp this past summer.