It looked like the New York Giants were parting ways with wide receiver David Sills, but more recent news indicates the team will stay with the player. This comes after Sills was initially waived in some of the most recent roster cuts. Despite that fact, it looks like he will remain with the organization in some way as the Giants sign him to the practice squad.
The #Giants are re-signing WR David Sills to their practice squad, per source.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) September 1, 2021
Ending up on the practice squad instead of becoming a free agent is the reward that Sills receives for putting on a good preseason performance where he was one of the leading receivers through the first two games. The Giants chose to rest most of their starters for those games, and Sills was one of the backup players who received significant time to play and undergo evaluation by the coaches.
While Sills was the most promising receiver of the preseason, it’s not hard to see why that performance only carried him to the practice squad. This is a season when the Giants have a number of additions at the position, as well as returning talent.
The Giants added Kadarius Toney, Kenny Golladay, and John Ross – and they bring back Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton, top names from previous seasons. On a crowded roster like this, there’s just not much room for players like Sills who might have a spot further down the rotation on shallower teams.
While the practice squad isn’t a prestigious spot, Sills might not be there for long. The Giants are dealing with injuries at receiver right now, and if they lose any more players or if these injuries extend into the regular season, they may have a need at the position.
If that happens, Sills will almost certainly be on the shortlist of players to call up.