Giants find help at receiver with Michael Clayton

In desperate need for a wide receiver, the New York Giants reached out to the UFL today and reeled in Michael Clayton.

Clayton has signed with the Giants after working out for the team today, according to Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News. The former first-round draft pick of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2004 had been playing for the Omaha Nighthawks. He’d gotten multiple NFL workouts since being released at final cutdowns in September.

The Giants are without Steve Smith, who is out at least a few more weeks with a partially torn pectoral muscle, and they lost Hakeem Nicks for at least a few weeks to compartment syndrome. Ramses Barden has already been placed on injured reserve along with Victor Cruz.

The Giants will likely start Mario Manningham and just-signed Derek Hagan this week. Last week, the team worked out NFL veterans Kevin Curtis, Brandon Jones and Todd Watkins.

To make room for Clayton, tight end Jake Ballard was waived. The Giants are also losing defensive back Brandon Hughes, who has signed off their practice squad by the Philadelphia Eagles.

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