Crossen, a key special teams contributor for Houston the last two seasons, was traded to the Giants in exchange for a 2023 sixth-round pick, per reports. The former Western Carolina star began his NFL career with the New England Patriots in 2018, where he worked with Judge.
The 5-foot-10, 185-pound Crossen has played in 43 games over the last three seasons, mostly on special teams. He did, however, start four games at cornerback for the Texans in 2020.
Crossen recorded 46 tackles and five passes defensed last season. For his career, he’s made 73 total stops.
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In his first season as the Giants’ head coach, Judge emphasized special teams, which was not surprising given his background in the area. Most likely, he acquired Crossen for his work on specials, but it will be interesting to see if Judge also has plans for the fourth-year pro on defense.
James Bradberry and Adoree Jackson are locked in as New York’s starting perimeter corners, with second-year pro Darnay Holmes leading the way in the slot. Beyond that, there’s room for competition between Isaac Yiadom, 2021 sixth-round pick Rodarius Williams, Madre Harper and now Crossen.
Another cornerback, 2021 third-round selection Aaron Robinson, remains on the PUP list.