Giants cut ex-Viking Prentiss

Published 12:00 am Monday, August 28, 2000

Kevin Prentiss was released from the New York Giants Sunday as all 31 NFL teams trimmed their rosters to 53.

Just like last year with Indianapolis, the former Warren Central and Hinds star made it through the first two cuts before getting the ax on the final day.

The Giants picked him up as a free agent over the summer, and he worked out with quarterbacks Kerry Collins and Jason Garrett and receivers Ike Hilliard and Amani Toomer, among others.

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At the time, Prentiss’ New Orleans-based agent, Harry Henderson, said special teams coach Larry MacDuff and offensive coordinator Sean Payton “are in his corner.”

Prentiss, a 5-foot-7, 150-pound speedster, said, “I think I’m going to make it this time.”

He was expected to be used primarily as a kickoff/punt returner and an extra receiver, but the Giants went with Joe Jurevicius.

In four preseason games, he had 157 yards on seven kickoff returns and one catch for 8 yards.

At Hinds, Prentiss was Region 23 Player of the Year before going on to State, where he averaged 18.3 yards every time he touched the ball over his two-year career.

James Williams, who was Prentiss’ teammate at WC and Hinds, made the cut at Seattle.

Anthony Lucas of Tallulah, drafted by Green Bay, was put on the Packers’ physically-unable-to-perform list.