New York Giants news, 12/26 – Did Giants strike gold on reserve linebacker?

New York Giants, David Mayo

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When New York Giants’ Ryan Connelly went down in a week three matchup against the Washington Redskins in the waning moments, the linebacker position took a significant hit, despite the rookie having minimal experience in a starting role. His development undoubtedly took a substantial hit with the torn ACL he picked up, but his replacement rose to the occasion.

David Mayo, formerly of the San Francisco 49ers, brought his talents to the Giants, and what a player he has been this season, specifically in the run game.

PFF stated:

David Mayo has struggled in coverage, but he’s been elite at defending the run. His 90.7 run defense grade this season is 2nd among 59 qualifying line backers.

Mayo’s cleanup abilities at the second-level have helped the Giants’ run-stopping grades elevate considerably in recent weeks. He has been blessed with 48 tackles, six tackles for a loss, two passes defended, and 1.5 sacks. These statistics are all career highs, providing optimism that he will return in 2020.

If the New York Giants draft another quality linebacker or address the position in free agency, Mayo can serve as a run-stopping specialist/reserve option. Having essential depth is vital at positions like linebacker attributes to the success of the team.

Mayo is currently on a one-year deal with Big Blue and will likely be in search of a starting role, which might hurt the Giants’ chances of bringing him back. However, with Alec Ogletree likely on his way out, Mayo’s retention makes complete sense.


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