Blake is away from the team while dealing with personal issues, Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York reports. Blake suddenly left the team Wednesday and was placed on the exempt/left squad list so as to open up his roster spot. The Giants have given no timetable for his return and signed defensive back Tim Scott to fill out the roster.
Blake missed Wednesday's practice due to a back injury, James Kratch of NJ.com reports. Blake -- who the Giants ultimately opted not to place on the Physically Unable to Perform list to begin training camp, despite earlier reports from head coach Ben McAdoo saying otherwise -- is dealing with an aggravation of the back injury that caused the team to consider placing him on the PUP list in the first place. It isn't clear when he'll be back in action.
Blake signed with the Giants on Monday. Blake started all 16 games in 2015 for the Steelers, compiling 76 tackles and two interceptions, but was relegated to a more suitable reserve role with the Titans last year, when he finished with 42 stops. In joining the Giants, Blake figures to provide experienced depth to the team's secondary and special teams units.
The Titans and Blake agreed to a contract Thursday, Jason Wolf of The Tennessean reports. One of six players to notch at least 75 tackles and 11 passes defended last season, Blake will take his talents from Pittsburgh to Tennessee, where he'll join forces with fellow cornerbacks Perrish Cox and Brice McCain. In addition to the aforementioned production, Blake recorded two touchdowns (including one pick-six), one sack, and one forced fumble across 16 games.
Blake had one tackle (solo) in the Steelers' loss to the Broncos on Sunday. He finished the post season with two tackles and an interception. Blake co-led the team (Ross Cockrell) with 11 passes defended in 2015. He totaled 76 tackles (six solo), including one sack and a forced fumble, and had two interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown. An unrestricted free agent, Blake set single season career highs in nearly every defensive category, recording his first sack and touchdown. He is one of eight defensive backs, 13 defensive players, and 29 players overall whose contract with Pittsburgh is up.