Giants add second woman to coaching staff; release Rudolf

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (AP) — The New York Giants have added a second woman to their coaching staff, and they’ve begun clearing space for free agency by releasing the tight end Kyle Rudolph and running back Devontae Booker.

The team announced the changes Wednesday with the releases cutting the salary cap by $7.1 million and leaving New York another $5 million above it, with free agency expected to begin in about two weeks.

New coach Brian Daboll has announced that Angela Baker has joined his team as the first recipient of the Rosie Brown Minority Coaching Scholarship. Baker will be the offensive quality control coach.

The scholarship is named in honor of Hall of Famer Rosie Brown, arguably the best offensive lineman in Giants history.

Shortly after replacing Joe Judge, Daboll hired Laura Young as the team’s director of practice operations. He had worked with her in Buffalo.

Daboll also hired Cade Knox as an offensive assistant/director of play.

A former wide receiver, Baker spent the 2021 season at the University of Redlands as a defensive quality control coach. She has also worked with kickers and punters.

In the spring of 2020, Baker spent three weeks with the Cleveland Browns coaching staff as part of the NFL’s Bill Walsh Diversity Coaching Scholarship Program.

Baker was a seven-time Women’s Football Alliance (WFA) All-American while competing for Pittsburgh’s Passion women’s professional soccer team as a slots catcher.

Knox spent the 2020 season with the Giants as a football data and innovation intern.

Rudolph, who played one season with the Giants after being signed as a free agent, thanked fans and Giants ownership and admitted the season (4-13) didn’t go as hoped.

The Giants started this month $12 million over the salary cap. The release of Rudolph, 32, saved $5 million and the removal of Booker cost another $2.1 million.

Rudolph had 26 catches for 257 yards and a touchdown in his 11th season. The former Minnesota Viking was signed to help the offensive line with his block as well, but injuries have decimated the line and the running game has struggled all season.

Booker, signed by the Giants last March, played 16 games with four starts in his sixth season in the NFL. He tied Saquon Barkley for the team leading rushing with 593 yards.

Booker finished third on the team with 40 receptions for 268 yards. He ran for two touchdowns and caught one.

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