New York Giants news, 10/23 – Giants sign free agent defender, Sterling Shepard returning, more

New York Giants, Sterling Shepard

Good Morning, New York Giants Fans!

With the NFL trade deadline right around the corner, the league is in full swing with several big-name players making moves this week. October 29 marks the last day for teams to deal players, so we can expect to see a ton of movement, and the New York Giants could be one of them.

However, Big Blue picked up a free agent on Tuesday in linebacker Deone Bucannon, formerly of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Bucannon has previously played for defensive coordinator James Bettcher in the past, making his signing a valuable one. It won’t take long for him to slot into the defense considering his knowledge of the 3-4 scheme and connection with Bettcher. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him in some degree this upcoming Sunday against the Detroit Lions, especially after an abysmal performance from the defense last week against Arizona.

Bucannon brings a veteran presence to the team and had some of his best seasons with Bettcher, most notably his 2015 campaign. He logged 109 combined tackles with three sacks and 11 tackles for a loss. Replicating those numbers will be complicated, but he’s had success in the past.

Sterling Shepard’s return:

Shepard stated that he’s been without concussion symptoms for quite some time now, but the New York Giants medical staff is playing it safe with the receiver. Having two concussions in one season can be dangerous to a player’s long-term health, so allowing Shepard to heal appropriately and take his time is most beneficial.

If he’s cleared to practice fully this week, he will suit up against the Lions in a must-win game. At 2-5 on the season, the Giants are dangerously close to slipping away into the depths of the NFC East.


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