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NFL Transactions: Giants Sign Will Blackmon, Place Michael Coe On IR

The Giants today exchanged cornerbacks on their roster, signing veteran Will Blackmon and placing Michael Coe on injured reserve.

Blackmon, 6-foot and 208 pounds, is a six-year veteran who played in five games for 2010 Giants after joining the team on Oct. 28. He led the team with a 6.7-yard punt return average on 14 runbacks. Blackmon also averaged 18.3 yards on 13 kickoff returns and was credited with one tackle on defense and one on special teams. He finished the season on injured reserve with a knee injury.

Blackmon came to the Giants after spending the first four years of his career with the Green Bay Packers. He was the Packers’ fourth-round draft choice in 2006, the 115th overall selection, from Boston College, where he was a teammate and close friend of Giants linebacker Mathias Kiwanuka. He played in 32 games with two starts for Green Bay, totaling 20 tackles (19 solo), two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. Blackmon averaged 21.1 yards on 66 kickoff returns and 11.0 yards on 47 punt returns and scored three touchdowns. His best season was 2008, when he played all 16 games with one start, had 17 tackles (16 solo) and averaged 21.0 yards on 55 kickoff returns and was fourth in the NFC with an 11.1-yard average on 36 punt returns, including two for touchdowns.

Coe, a four-year veteran, played in all 10 games this season as a substitute defensive back and on special teams. He had four solo tackles and a pass defensed on defense and six tackles (five solo) on special teams.

Coe is the fifth Giants cornerback to be placed on injured reserve this year, joining Terrell Thomas, Bruce Johnson, Justin Tryon and Brian Witherspoon. In addition, first-round draft choice Prince Amukamara made his NFL debut Sunday against Philadelphia after missing the first nine games while recovering from a broken foot suffered on Aug. 6.