Big Blue Hopes To Fix Run D With 346-Pound Tackle That Was Backup With Gang Green

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — The New York Giants have signed former Jets defensive tackle Kenrick Ellis in a move to strengthen their weak run defense.

The Giants, who finished 30th in run defense last season, announced the signing Wednesday. Contract terms were not immediately available.

Ellis spent his first four seasons with the Jets, playing in 47 games with five starts. The 6-foot-4, 346-pounder had 66 career tackles, one sack and a forced fumble.

Johnathan Hankins and Cullen Jenkins are the returning starting tackles in a group that also includes Markus Kuhn and Jay Bromley. Mike Patterson is a free agent.

The Giants allowed an average of 135.1 yards rushing in 2014. The Jets allowed an average of 93.1 yards, fifth best in the league.

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