Now Giants cut, replace Romeo Okwara as overhaul continues

The Giants continue to discard players who were with them last season and this entire spring and summer and sign outsiders to their revolving-door roster.

Tuesday’s transaction was the addition of John Jenkins, a 29-year-old defensive tackle, and the waiving of Romeo Okwara, a 23-year-old defensive end who had one memorable moment in a Giants uniform.

Jenkins played in eight games last season for the Bears. He was a 2013 third-round pick of the Saints out of Georgia and spent four years in New Orleans. A 327-pound run-stuffer, he played in 42 games his first three years in the NFL and only 17 the past three years. He was with the Seahawks in 2016 before one season in Chicago.

On Sunday, the Giants claimed six players off waivers, jettisoning six players on the scene in training camp and the preseason. Jenkins figures to slide in as the backup nose tackle to Damon “Snacks’’ Harrison. The past few days, the Giants also added Mario Edwards Jr., another defensive lineman, as they parted ways with Robert Thomas and A.J. Francis.

Jenkins, who was waived by the Bears on Saturday, arrives five days before the Giants open their season against the Jaguars, the NFL’s top-rushing team in 2017.

In 2016, as an undrafted rookie out of Notre Dame, Okwara was called into action after Jason Pierre-Paul was injured in Pittsburgh. Okwara made his first NFL start against the Cowboys, on Dec. 11, and came up big, with eight tackles, a deflected pass and his first career sack, dropping Dak Prescott for a loss in a 10-7 Giants victory. Okwara played in only six games last season, spending several weeks on injured reserve.

Pat Shurmur continues to be coy regarding the pecking order at quarterback behind Eli Manning. The team released its latest unofficial depth chart, and Alex Tanney and rookie Kyle Lauletta are both listed as the primary backup. Also on the depth chart: Wayne Gallman is listed ahead of veteran Jonathan Stewart at running back behind starter Saquon Barkley; Cody Latimer is listed as the No. 1 kickoff returner and newly signed Kaelin Clay is the No. 1 punt returner.

Shurmur confirmed LB Olivier Vernon is dealing with a high ankle sprain. Shurmur called Vernon “a fast healer,” but did not sound overly optimistic about Vernon being ready to face the Jaguars.

DT Josh Banks was signed to the practice squad. Banks made the initial 53-man roster on Saturday but was cut the next day. Banks spent the 2017 season on injured reserve.

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