The New York Giants on Wednesday waived Canadian tight end Rysen John, with an injury designation.
He suffered a hamstring injury several days ago.
The Vancouver native played college football at Burnaby’s Simon Fraser University, but at wide receiver.
John was one of three Canadian born-and-raised players to sign as a “priority” undrafted free agent in the minutes following April’s NFL Draft.
But playing tight end was new to the 6-foot-7, 237-pounder, who put on weight to help with the position switch. SFU listed him at 220 pounds last fall.
Because of the run-blocking and edge-blocking responsibilities required of American football tight ends, on top of pass-game contributions as a receiver, it probably was too much to ask of John or any athlete to impress an NFL team’s talent evaluators in so short a time frame, especially in this year’s condensed, three-week training camp.
Five tight ends remain in Giants camp, ahead of Saturday’s league-wide roster cut-down deadline for reducing from 80 to 53 players.
The 22-year-old John impressed coaches with his work ethic and raw abilities.
“He’s trying to get better each and every day,” Giants tight ends coach Freddie Kitchens said last Thursday. “Everyone has different starting spots, but I think Rysen has done an excellent job of coming to work every day and putting his hand down and continuing to work.
“He’s done a great job of learning the system, learning the offence and continuing to enable himself to give himself the best chance to succeed in every play he takes.”
John, SFU’s team MVP last fall, might have a good shot at landing Sunday on the Giants’ practice squad.
He played his high school football at Vancouver College.
Of the other two Canadians who signed as post-draft priority free agents, the Green Bay Packers two weeks ago cut Marc-Antoine Dequoy (a 25-year-old defensive back from the University of Montreal Carabins), while offensive tackle Carter O’Donnell (a native Albertan from the University of Alberta Golden Bears) remains at the Indianapolis Colts’ camp. O’Donnell was born in Calgary and raised in Red Deer.
A fourth Canadian-born, but mostly U.S.-raised, undrafted rookie — defensive tackle Michael Hoecht — remains with the Los Angeles Rams. Hoecht was born in Oakville, Ont., before growing up in Ohio, except for a short stint in Ottawa. He played college ball at Brown University in Rhode Island.
All four players were selected in the CFL Draft in the spring: John by the Calgary Stampeders in Round 3, 21st overall; Dequoy by the Montreal Alouettes in Round 2, 14th overall; O’Donnell by the Als in Round 3, 22nd overall; and Hoecht by the Ottawa RedBlacks in Round 2, 10th overall.