It was a good holiday season for Penn’s NFL hopefuls.
Just a few days after former teammate Alek Torgersen signed with the Detroit Lions practice squad, tight end Ryan O’Malley has been added to an active roster.
The 2016 graduate was a captain and two-time All-Ivy honoree with the Quakers, and scored a total of nine touchdowns in his 40 career games.
O’Malley has been on two active rosters prior to this stint with the Giants – he was previously an Oakland Raider and a Buffalo Bill.
As a rookie, O’Malley spent the entire season with Oakland. O’Malley was mostly a member of the practice squad, but enjoyed a roughly two-month stint on the active roster in October and November 2016.
He appeared in one game during that stretch, making his NFL debut against what were then the San Diego Chargers. O’Malley took seven offensive snaps in that game, but was not targeted by Raiders quarterback Derek Carr. The former Quaker also spent some time on special teams.
After being released by the Raiders this fall, O’Malley was signed to the Buffalo Bills’ practice squad in October, following several injuries to their usual tight ends. Three weeks later, O’Malley was released again.
O’Malley first signed with the New York Giants as a member of its practice squad on December 12. 18 days later, O’Malley was promoted to the active roster ahead of the Giants’ Week 17 game against Washington.
O’Malley becomes the only Penn graduate currently on an NFL roster, but that should change with the offseason – and its increase in roster sizes – right around the corner.