Kenrick Ellis knows why he is a Giant.
"I am a run-stopper and I like doing it," Ellis, a former Jet, said Wednesday after signing with the Giants. A source said it is a one-year deal.
"That is the strength of my game," Ellis said. "I look forward to helping the Giants get back to their glory."
By that, he means helping to secure the line of scrimmage. The Giants ranked 30th in the NFL in rushing yards allowed (135.1 per game) and last in yards per carry (4.9) in 2014. They are hoping Ellis, at 346 pounds and outweighing the heaviest Giants defensive lineman already on the roster by 25 pounds, can rectify those numbers.
Playing on running downs and slugging it out in the trenches is not a glorious position, and Ellis said he knows that. "By default, that's who I am," he said. "I'm a journeyman. I come in and do my job. You don't get much recognition for it, but you get the job done and it helps out the team. I'll take on the double-teams and take on the work no one else wants to do. It's just who I am. I take pride in what I do, which is being a big man in the middle and try to make sure no one runs the ball."
Ellis, 27, was a third-round pick of the Jets in 2011 and spent four years as a rotational guy in Rex Ryan's defensive fronts. He made five starts during his Jets tenure. This past season, Ellis was a backup to nose tackle Damon Harrison, recording 12 tackles and a sack in 14 games.
Ellis becomes the 41st player to play for both the Jets and the Giants. "It's the same city, but a different side of the city," Ellis said. "It makes it easier because I don't have to move."
The Giants hope he's just as rooted on the field as he is at his current mailing address.
Notes & quotes:The Giants agreed to terms with TE Daniel Fells on a one-year contract. Fells played for the team in 2014 and was a free agent . . . G Geoff Schwartz had his contract restructured and $2 million of his 2015 base salary has been converted to playing-time bonuses.