Giants claim former Vikings cornerback off waivers

(Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images) Harrison Hand
(Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images) Harrison Hand /

The Minnesota Vikings released their fifth-round draft pick in the 2020 NFL Draft and the cornerback was picked up by the New York Giants.

Making the decision on who to let go from the team when trimming the roster can be a tough job to make. First-year general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah had to make those calls recently for the Minnesota Vikings and released a few players.

One of those players subjected to waivers was cornerback Harrison Hand. The young defensive back was a fifth-round pick of the Vikings in 2020 and was in his third preseason with the purple and gold.

Hand did not stay without a team for long. The New York Giants swept him up and claimed him off the waiver wire along with two wide receivers on Wednesday to give him another opportunity this season.

Here is the official announcement from the Twitter account of the Giants.

What does Harrison Hand have to offer the Giants?

In two seasons with the Minnesota Vikings, Harrison Hand played in 23 games, starting one of those contests. During those games, he had 22 tackles and one interception that saw him gain four yards.

He has flashed a few times as a defender but has also struggled in coverage at times. The young corner can continue to grow and develop on a roster that struggles with depth for defensive backs and perhaps earn a spot on the Giants’ 53-man roster.

At 5’11 and 185 pounds, the 23-year-old Baylor and Temple product could fit in well with the Giants as they attempt to rebuild their roster. At the very least, Hand provides some depth and competition in their secondary.

We at The Viking Age would like to wish Harrison Hand the absolute best going forward in his job with the New York Giants…unless they are playing the Minnesota Vikings, of course.

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