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    Julian Edelman visits Giants

    After catching a career-high 37 passes as a rookie, Julian Edelman had just 11 over the next two seasons.
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    After catching a career-high 37 passes as a rookie, Julian Edelman had just 11 over the next two seasons.

    The Patriots and their fan base fell for Julian Edelman because of his versatility.

    Apparently the Giants are just as fond of that quality.

    Edelman, a seventh-round pick of the Patriots in 2009, is on a two-day visit to New York to meet with Giants officials, according to a USA Today report. A quarterback at Kent State, Edelman has played receiver, returner, and defensive back during his time in New England.


    After catching a career-high 37 passes as a rookie, Edelman had just 11 over the next two seasons. He bounced back with 21 catches and a career-high three touchdowns this past season, which was cut short by a foot injury that forced him to miss the final seven regular-season games and the playoffs.

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    Edelman has three career punt return touchdowns.

    While there’s a chance Edelman may no longer be on the receiving end of Tom Brady’s passes, the Patriots QB was spotted firing footballs to a different receiver — former NFLer Terrell Owens — Wednesday at Southern Cal. The 39-year-old Owens, who tweeted about the workout, is second all time with 15,934 yards receiving and hasn’t played in an NFL game since 2010.

    Falcons sign Banks

    Brian Banks said signing with the Atlanta Falcons is his second-biggest accomplishment.

    The biggest was Banks’s exoneration of rape charges one year ago.


    Banks, 27, signed with the Falcons Wednesday, giving him an opportunity he said he did not believe would be possible when he spent five years in prison and five years on probation following his conviction on rape and kidnapping charges a decade ago.

    Banks was a 16 when a high school classmate accused him of the rape. The woman recanted her claim and offered to help Banks clear his name after he was out of prison. That helped lead to the conviction being overturned and Banks’s record cleared May 12, 2012.

    The 6-foot-2-inch, 250-pound Banks will be given an opportunity to win a spot on the team at inside linebacker.

    ‘‘All I can do is my best and however the turnout will be, I thank God for the opportunity,’’ he said.

    Raiders ink Porter

    The Raiders have signed free agent cornerback Tracy Porter, adding an experienced starter to an untested unit. Porter played only six games last year for Denver because of problems with seizures and a concussion. He spent the previous four years in New Orleans . . . Former Giants receiver Domenik Hixon signed a one-year deal with the Panthers. His best season came in 2008 (43 receptions, 596 yards, 2 TDs) . . . QB Rex Grossman agreed to a one-year deal to remain a Redskins backup. Terms were not released . . . The Bengals acquired QB John Skelton off waivers from the Cardinals to compete for a job backing up Andy Dalton . . . The Lions agreed to a two-year contract with defensive tackle C.J. Mosley, who recorded 136 tackles over the last three season with the Jaguars . . . The Steelers signed linebacker Stevenson Sylvester, who has mainly been a special teams contributor, to a one-year contract.