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The Giants made a last-minute roster move before Sunday’s game against the 49ers.

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SAN FRANCISCO — Giants coach Ben McAdoo said this week that his 1-7 team needs to get back to its identity.

Apparently that identity involves a fullback. The Giants promoted fullback Shane Smith from the practice squad on Saturday before the team flew to San Francisco for Sunday’s game against the 0-9 49ers. Tight end Matt LaCosse was waived to open a spot for Smith on the active roster.

The last-minute roster move is somewhat surprising. LaCosse, who was inactive for the first games of the season, had seen his role in the offense grow in the past three games.

It’s not clear why the Giants waited until Saturday morning to make the move. Smith was on the active roster for the first three weeks of the season before getting cut on Sept. 28 and re-signed to the practice squad the next day. Smith has remained on the practice squad while the Giants have gone without a true fullback on the roster for the past five games.

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The timing works out well for the 6-foot-2, 231-pound Smith, who is a native of Santa Clara, Calif., which is where the 49ers’ Levi’s Stadium is located. Smith signed with the Giants as an undrafted free agent out of San Jose State in the spring.

LaCosse had finally earned an opportunity after missing last season with a knee injury. With the Giants’ wide receiving corps decimated by injuries, LaCosse had played 38 snaps in the past three games as the Giants used more two- and three-tight end sets.

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Source:: New Jersey Real -Time Sports

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