Giants release WR Preston Parker, sign Kenrick Ellis

The Giants have seen enough of Preston Parker.

The team on Tuesday released the slot receiver after he dropped five passes over New York's first two games as a fill-in for Victor Cruz. To fill his spot on the 53-man roster, Big Blue announced the re-signing of veteran defensive tackle Kenrick Ellis, aiding a position riddled with injuries.

Parker's exodus is an indication that New York expects to have Cruz back on the field sooner than later, although the veteran pass-catcher didn't practice Tuesday as he continues to battle a hamstring injury. Look for special-teams ace Dwayne Harris to eat up snaps out of the slot on Thursday night against the Washington Redskins.

Parker, 28, is a candidate to find work elsewhere, but teams aren't lining up to sign a wideout with just 85 catches over five seasons -- and one who couldn't hang on to the ball in The Big Apple.

As for the 6-foot-4, 346-pound Ellis, he spent the past four seasons with the Jets, chalking up 53 tackles and one sack over 47 appearances. It's a depth move for New York with Markus Kuhn battling a knee injury and Cullen Jenkins dealing with a hamstring issue.

The winless Giants are under plenty of pressure to take care of business against the 'Skins at home on Thursday. Fall to 0-3, and the city's frisky tabloids will continue to have their fun with this floating member of the NFC East.

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