The New York Giants bolstered their cornerback corps Friday with the signing of Leonard Johnson.

Johnson, 28, was part of a small group of cornerbacks (including former Pro Bowler Alterraun Verner) who worked out for Giants coaches and scouts after Friday’s practice. The Giants will be Johnson’s fifth team as he enters his seventh NFL season. He started seven games for the Buffalo Bills in 2017.

Johnson, like some of the Giants’ recent signings, is familiar to general manager Dave Gettleman. He played 10 games for the Carolina Panthers in 2016.

The Giants are looking to add to their cornerback group after losing Sam Beal for the season. Beal was selected in the third round of last month’s supplemental draft. He injured his shoulder in his first Giants practice. Beal was placed on injured reserve and underwent surgery earlier this week.

The Giants have Janoris Jenkins and Eli Apple working with the first-team defense in training camp. After that, it’s Donte Deayon, William Gay, and B.W. Webb. There is also a slew of players hopeful to make the 53-man roster.

Johnson started 27 games in six seasons. He has experience playing the slot and should immediately slide in behind Jenkins and Apple on the depth chart.

The Giants decided to overhaul the cornerback position in the offseason. They kept Jenkins and Apple but released Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Brandon Dixon. They brought in Gay, Webb, Chris Lewis-Harris, Curtis Riley, and Teddy Williams as free agents.

Riley was moved to free safety during the spring and Gay has seen practice time at free safety this week. Gay left Friday’s practice with a hamstring injury. Williams has missed the past two practices for “personal reasons”.

“We like our corners,” head coach Pat Shurmur said. “But with any group on our team, we’re always looking to improve in any way. You can just fill in the blanks at any position and I will give that very same answer.”

– Curtis Rawls is a Managing Editor for Full Press Coverage and covers the NFL, the New York Giants, and the NBA. Please like and follow on Facebook, Twitter, and Twitter. Curtis can be followed on Twitter @CuRawls203.

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