New York Giants: Evan Engram out and Saquon Barkley questionable

New York Giants, Evan Engram

Even going into the second game of the season, the New York Giants might not have all of their offensive weapons on the field. The team was missing Evan Engram in the season opener and Engram was confirmed today as set to miss his second straight game with a calf injury from before the start of the season.

He’s not the only player that will miss the Thursday Night Football appearance against Washington. In slightly more minor news, special teamer Cam Brown and guard Shane Lemieux will also miss the game.

Saquon Barkley hasn’t been ruled out of the game like these other players. Despite that, he’s listed as questionable and there’s also no guarantee that he will play. While Barkley played in the opener, it’s clear that the staff are taking a cautious approach with him and that he wasn’t playing at his best while coming back from injury.

While some of the poor performance can be attributed to bad run blocking from the offensive line, a theory which is backed up by the lack of performance from alternative option Devontae Booker, Barkley ultimately didn’t utilize much of his unique skillset in the loss.

He looked like any replacement level running back in the league, and while Barkley himself refused to use his injury as a crutch, we may have to consider the possibility that his return was a bit too quick.

Devontae Booker is still waiting in the wings to take a larger role if Barkley is held back to recover longer before being brought back into the fold fully, but based on his own poor numbers from last Sunday, that may not be the most encouraging prospect for those hoping to see an improvement in the rushing attack against Washington.

New York Giants getting everything and more out of 2020 rookie class

New York Giants, Tae Crowder

The New York Giants are on a four-game winning streak. This is the longest winning streak the Giants have been on since 2016. New York is also in first place in the NFC East after beating a tough 8-3 Seahawks team on the road this Sunday. The Giants look poised to make a playoff run this season, proving their legitimacy while beating one of the best offenses in the NFL in Seattle.

One of the biggest difference-makers on the Giants this season has been their 2020 rookie class. New York has seen early returns on nearly every single rookie they drafted or signed this offseason. These rookies have been crucial to the Giants’ success in recent weeks.

Rookies on offense

On the offensive line, the Giants have been seeing their young, inexperienced players improve every single week. Andrew Thomas had the best performance of his young career so far this week against Seattle. For the second week in a row, Thomas did not allow a single pressure in pass protection. He also recorded the highest single-game Pro Football Focus grade of his career at 87.1 overall. Not only was this his highest-graded single game this year, but it was also the highest single-game grade among all first-round offensive tackle picks this season (PFF).

Right beside Andrew Thomas is Shane Lemieux, the Giants’ fifth-round pick from Oregon who has been starting at left guard for the past few weeks. The entire offensive line has played significantly better since Lemieux entered the lineup. Lemieux has had his fair share of ups and downs, but he has been very impressive when considering where he was drafted. Lemieux has also been improving week-by-week and looks like he will be with Big Blue for a long time.

In addition to the two rookies on the offensive line, Nick Gates has gotten better every week playing a brand new position. Initially, a guard, then a tackle, Nick Gates has transitioned to the center position and played at a high level in recent weeks after some great struggles early in the season. Gates is basically a rookie as he is learning and playing a brand new position this year. He has shown tremendous progress, though, and is already locked into a contract extension that should keep him as the Giants’ starting center for years to come.

Undrafted rookie free agent wide receiver Austin Mack also has a game this season as the Giants’ leading receiver. The Giants’ other rookie offensive tackle, Matt Peart (selected 99th overall in the 2020 NFL Draft), has not elevated to starting status yet. However, he has seen playing time while rotating in at both left and right tackle this season. He has been super impressive whenever he is on the field and could play his way into a starting role sooner than later.

Rookies on defense

The defensive side of the ball is where the Giants have really seen their rookies contribute this year. New York has been starting rookies at multiple defensive positions this year. Darnay Holmes, New York’s fourth-round selection out of UCLA, has started at slot cornerback all season long. Holmes has, like the rest, improved every single week. He certainly has not been a liability like the slot cornerback position has been for the Giants in the past. Holmes had his first career interception against Russell Wilson and the Seahawks this week. A promising future seems to be laid out for Darnay Holmes and the Giants’ defense.

The second half of the Giants’ 2020 NFL Draft class was filled with defensive selections. New York drafted the likes of Cam Brown, Carter Coughlin, and Tae Crowder in the sixth and seventh rounds. Whether earned through merit or obtained through injuries, these rookies have all seen significant playing time in the Giants’ defense.

Tae Crowder, Mr. Irrelevant from the 2020 NFL Draft, has been starting on the Giants’ defense this year when healthy. Crowder has been so impressive for a player who nearly went undrafted. Crowder recorded a clutch sack against the Seahawks this week and recorded a game-winning scoop-and-score fumble recovery against Washington earlier this season. He has exceeded all expectations as a starting inside linebacker for the Giants this year.

Crowder was one pick away from going undrafted. When speaking of undrafted rookies, it is hard not to talk about Niko Lalos, the Giants’ undrafted gem out of Dartmouth. Lalos was elevated to the Giants’ active roster last week before their matchup with the Bengals. In his first NFL game, Lalos recorded an interception and earned more playing time this week. Of course, the Ivy League animal went ahead and recovered a fumble this week against Seattle. This undrafted rookie has been forcing turnovers left and right.

Cam Brown and Carter Coughlin were two under-the-radar linebackers that the Giants found late in the 2020 NFL Draft. Coughlin has seen increased playing time with EDGE Kyler Fackrell recently placed on injured reserve. Coughlin has played 79 defensive snaps this season, already totaling 6 combined tackles, 1 sack, 8 total pressures, and 6 hurries. Cam Brown has played 48 snaps, recording 5 pressures 3 hurries, and 8 combined tackles already.

Second-round pick Xavier McKinney has yet to see expanded playing time after returning from a fractured foot, but he is sure to be part of New York’s long-term defensive plans as well.

The Giants have seen early returns on nearly every rookie they drafted or signed this offseason. It was a job fantastically done by Dave Gettleman, Joe Judge, and company, acquiring young, talented players this offseason. The future is bright in the Big Apple.

New York Giants preparing to give opportunities to two young linebackers

carter coughlin, New York Giants

The New York Giants have sustained multiple injuries at outside linebacker, leaving Kyler Fackrell and Markus Golden as their primary pass rushers.

When the season began, they had Lorenzo Carter and Oshane Ximines both featuring at the position, but Carter tore his Achilles against Dallas in week five, and Ximines was placed on injured reserve with a shoulder issue.

Losing Carter was a massive blow to the defense, as Dallas immediately marched downfield and used a power running scheme to overwhelm the Giants’ defense immediately after he was carted off. While Carter isn’t the type of linebacker to rack up sacks, he did a fantastic job securing the edge with his length and athleticism. The moment Golden replaced him, deficiencies became obvious.

How the New York Giants will operate at OLB moving forward:

The Giants are being forced to roll with Golden and Fackrell, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Fackrell has been fantastic this season, on a one-year, $4.6 million deal. He has racked up 17 combined tackles, six tackles for loss, two quarterback hits, 2.0 sacks, and one interception in which he took for a touchdown.

Nonetheless, defensive coordinator Patrick Graham will have to add more talent to the position, providing some sort of rotation with their two young guns out. That brings me to rookies Cam Brown and Carter Coughlin, who have made solid progress this season.

Fackrell stated that both Brown and Coughlin are starting to blossom and believe they can contribute toward the defense. So far, Cam has been fantastic on special teams. The former sixth-round pick has logged two assisted tackles for the unit and has been a primary strong side gunner. His contributions there have made head coach Joe Judge happy and could lead to an extended opportunity on the defense.

“I think the one thing about special teams for young players is that it allows them to learn and adjust to the speed of the game and the physicality. And just the reactionary instincts they have to develop within the game that transfers to offense and defense as well.”

For Penn State, Brown played and 51 total games with 26 starts. He recorded 198 total tackles, including 14.5 for a loss and four forced fumbles. He has the frame to be an athletic coverage linebacker, but adding a bit more muscle mass and starting at OLB could be the Giants’ priority.

As for Carter Coughlin, who dominated at the University of Minnesota, he is more of a situational pass rusher. I don’t think he has the frame and strength to seal the edge in the running game, making him a decent option on third downs in pass-heavy sets. His thin frame and speed makes him an attractive player on creative blitzes.

I could see how Patrick Graham good find imaginative ways to activate Coughlin in his scheme. However, he lacks the experience and technicalities to produce at the NFL level. I believe Brown will receive the first shot behind Fackrell and Golden, but Coughlin could be sprinkled in situationally.

New York Giants: Rookie defender Cam Brown has the diversity Joe Judge is looking for

New York Giants, Cam Brown

The New York Giants are proceeding through an expedited training camp, and with the loss of preseason action, curating position battles and maximizing talent will be a bit more tumultuous than usual. However, that hasn’t stopped head coach Joe Judge from poking and prying positions with minimal proven talent.

With a multitude of late-round draft picks joining the squad, finding ways for them to make an impact will be difficult, but Judge doesn’t seem like he’s the type to leave any stone unturned.

One player that stands out from the crop is Cam Brown.

Penn State defensive coordinator Brent Pry detailed how Brown can be utilized on defense, via an interview with Giants Country:

“When we signed him that February (2016), we weren’t sure if he would be an end or a linebacker,” Pry said. “And when he got to our place, he was still pretty thin (197 pounds) and we said we’d give him a shot and see what he can do as a ‘backer.”

“His first two years he was a WILL (weakside), and his last two years he was a SAM (strongside), and he also started at MIKE (middle) in our nickel package,” Pry said. “With all that range he had, he could be in the [offensive] backfield from that WILL linebacker spot very quickly.

“He understood how to get on the edge of people and take advantage of what they were giving him so he had some natural pass-rush ability when he got to us and then we tried to find ways to send him.”

The Giants are keen on bringing robust and charismatic player into the locker room, and Brown was heavily considered one of the meaner defenders at Penn State:

“One time [head] coach [James] Franklin went around the room and asked, ‘Who did you think the toughest guy in the room is?'” Pry recalled. “Cam Brown got a lot of votes.”

The New York Giants are taking a more practical approach with players’ development:

Joe Judge will be looking to maximize players’ skill-sets at multiple positions with the Giants, which increases Brown’s stock. His ability to play weak side, strong side, and MIKE linebacker elevates his stock and potentially thursts him into a more competitive role. While he has a similar frame to Giants’ Lorenzo Carter, he weighs about 20-pounds less. Putting on some more muscle mass would be extremely beneficial for Cam, who could adapt to an OLB role if the Giants don’t want to plug him in at WILL.

“At this point, we’re going to give them a chance to just go ahead and get their feet wet at the outside ‘backer position,” Judge indicated regarding a bevy of young linebackers, including Brown. “We’re not limited what we can do. We want to make sure we find out what every player can do well.”

Going through the motions and moving pieces around to see how they fare is exactly what the Giants should be doing with some of their multi-purpose players. Even veterans like Jabrill Peppers are expected to play a bit of cornerback during training camp and test different spots out. That’s the best part of the new regimen. They’re looking to build around their players and not force schemes onto them.

New York Giants: What to expect from 6th-round LB Cam Brown on defense

New York Giants, Cam Brown

The New York Giants had many goals heading into the 2020 NFL draft, and a primary one was to lay the foundation on defense. They already started their overhaul in the secondary and after seeing struggles at the linebacker position in 2019, general manager Dave Gettleman and head coach Joe Judge elected to reinforce the position.

They drafted a bevy of young players, including TJ Brunson, Carter Coughlin, Tae Crowder, and Penn State linebacker, Cam Brown. Brown and Coughlin are both expected to be outside linebackers, who can rush the passer but also drop back into coverage if need be.

What are the New York Giants getting in Cam Brown?

Brown is an interesting young player, who saw action in all four years at Penn State but did not earn a ton of playing time until the 2018 season. He is traditionally a 4-3 linebacker who plays close to the line of scrimmage and can make plays with his speed. He’s not the most refined tackler and could add a bit more size to his frame, but he is a leader and proved that with a Nittany Lions.

Two years ago when he emerged as an impact player, he posted 63 total tackles, two sacks, six passes defended, and forced three fumbles in 13 games. Last year as their captain, he made 12 starts with 72 total tackles, two sacks, four passes defended, one forced fumble, and two fumble recoveries.

While his production didn’t shake any minds or rattle any bones, he has the intangible characteristics that Judge and Gettleman are seeking in their newfound roster.

I don’t anticipate Brown making a significant impact in 2020, but given a bit of time to develop his size and technique, he could have some influence going into 2021. His physical traits are good and have plenty of potential to expand upon, but he will need to adapt to the outside linebacker position that revolves more around rushing the passer than playing as 4-3 linebacker.

In comparison, Brown has a similar size to New York Giants’ pass rusher, Lorenzo Carter. Carter stands at 6-foot-5 and 255 pounds while Cam Brown is 6-foot-5 and 233 pounds. Adding a bit more weight to his frame and muscle mass could do wonders for his strength against blockers. While Carter has yet to reach his potential in the NFL, he has good size for the position. I believe Brown has the potential to at least provide decent depth at OLB.

New York Giants’ LB Cam Brown gearing up to compete for starting reps

New York Giants, Cam Brown

The New York Giants made it a priority to overhaul several positions this off-season, one of them being linebacker, where they replaced Alec Ogletree and spent a bevy of late-round picks to build out the depth on the roster.

While we can expect new signing Blake Martinez to be an upgrade over Ogletree, Ryan Connelly is returning from an ACL tear last season and is an unknown going into 2020. Best case scenario, Connelly emerges as the sure-fire starter and picks up where he left off in 2019 when he had 2 interceptions, 20 combine tackles, 1.0 sacks, and missed zero tackles over four games.

However, the Giants went out and drafted Cam Brown out of Penn State in the sixth round. He was primarily a 4-3 base linebacker from the strong side, which doesn’t match up with new defensive coordinator Patrick Graham’s scheme.

Despite Graham utilizing a system that doesn’t fit Brown specifically, that doesn’t mean there isn’t a position for him on defense. With his size, there is hope he can develop into a 3-4 outside linebacker who rushes the passer on earlier downs.

It’s possible he could transition to an inside linebacker role and provide depth behind Connelly or Martinez. At 6-foot-5 and with 34-inch arms, Brown should be utilized off the edge.

Taking a look at Cam Brown’s stats from 2019

His numbers from 2019 were solid, as he started 13 games, 12 at linebacker, with 72 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 4 passes defended, and 16 QB pressures.

Despite Brown’s odd fit on defense for the Giants, he is a high character player that brings fantastic intensity to the game. He was the Penn State leader and Captain, giving the Giants another excellent person and player to mix into the competition.

Even if Brown doesn’t play on defense, he can be a fantastic special-teams player, and I expect him to make an impact right away.

One thing that certainly stands out for Brown is his incredible reach. He reminds me a bit of Lorenzo Carter, given his size and bend around the edge. However, Brown’s athleticism is average, despite his reach and solid explosion from the line of scrimmage. As a sixth-round pick, the Giants are expecting him to be a solid player on special teams and hopefully develop into a rotational player on defense. Of course, the ultimate goal is to find a starting-caliber player in Brown down the line.

New York Giants: Cam Brown A Culture Driver, Says James Franklin

New York Giants, Cam Brown

The New York Giants took a number of players in this year’s NFL Draft that could be called sleeper prospects, but one of the ones that’s gotten the most attention so far is Penn State linebacker Cam Brown. That’s for good reason. Brown played a large role in a defense for one of the top teams in the Big Ten, a premier college conference, and showed his versatility through a four year career with the Nittany Lions where he received playing time in every season.

The team was able to acquire Brown, however, not in the upper rounds but in the sixth – it looks like the rest of the league may have undervalued the player, and for that, the Giants get a player that might work his way into the lineup and make an impact despite the front office only spending a low cost to get him. It’s additions like these that, if they work out, can help boost a team’s progress in rebuilding.

What does Brown’s college head coach, James Franklin, have to say about his former linebacker?

“Well, he’s a culture driver. We talk about that all the time. He’s a guy that is going to have meetings with the coaches then be able to take that information down into the locker room. He plays aggressive, he plays violent, he throws his body around. Yeah, I think he’s what coaches are looking for. Everything I know about Coach Judge and everything I know about the organization that he came from, he’s going to align with that,” Franklin said to

The Giants could use players like that at linebacker. It hasn’t been the worst position for the team, but the Giants also haven’t had standouts at the position either in recent years – the player that made the most waves at the position last season, outside linebacker Markus Golden, seems unlikely to return. Lorenzo Carter, who many hoped would develop into a player worthy of the faith the Giants have placed in him, hasn’t performed to expectations. The Giants have newcomers such as Blake Martinez and Kyler Fackrell, but it remains to be seen how well both players will adapt to their new team.

In this uncertainty, there may be a chance for Brown to make a name for himself. He does, after all, have a combination of qualities that help at the next level.

“Length is important because it takes away space from an offense. Now, when you take the combination of good speed, length and intelligence, because intelligence is the other thing. Intelligence allows you to play fast… I think that is what’s attractive to the coaches of the Giants about Cam, one of his unique qualities,” Franklin continued.

Brown will have plenty of competition at linebacker, regardless of where the Giants end up lining him up – they return players from last season and have already brought in other new additions from free agency, after all. And as a sixth round pick, it looks like an uphill battle. But the Giants aren’t strangers to using players that weren’t drafted highly. Mid round picks from last year included Julian Love and Darius Slayton, the latter player ending up with eight touchdowns when the year was said and done, and Love entering the secondary as a potential starter this season.

Could Brown be the unexpected breakout player of this season like others were last year for the Giants? If some voices are to be believed, that’s not such an unlikely idea.

Did the New York Giants get a steal in 6th round linebacker Cam Brown?

New York Giants, Cam Brown

At first glance, New York Giants’ sixth-round draft pick Cam Brown is a massive human. At 6-foot-5 and 232 pounds, Brown served as a linebacker for Penn State during his collegiate career.

The Giants clearly needed help at the position, given the ample draft capital they spent on retooling the depth at linebacker. Oddly, Brown only started two games with Penn State over his four seasons with the program, but he played in 51 of 52 games. In 2019, he set a career-high was 72 tackles, 5.5 for a loss, and two sacks. He also forced one fumble and recovered two.

Brown joins multiple Penn State teammates with the Giants — Saquon Barkley and cornerback Grant Haley. All three players featured on the Nittany Lions during the 2016 and 2017 seasons.

What are the New York Giants getting in Cam Brown?

Brown is an athletic linebacker with plenty of room left to develop. His massive tackle radius gives him the length and mobility to secure the edge and hold down his duties in the run game. However, his football IQ is quite low, failing to diagnose plays at a high-level and see the field develop before him. This ultimately allows other teams to take advantage of his side and beat him with play-action or screen plays. He relied purely on his athleticism to swallow up runners and act as a pure pass rusher in the past.

Ultimately, Brown comes with no red flags, attesting to his high character and leadership. Nonetheless, his play strength and ability to diagnose plays is weak and requires ample development before he can be considered an everyday player for the Giants. A few things he should work on over the next year is his upper body strength, increasing his ability to jam tight ends and wide receivers in the slot, and his ability to identify plays as they unfold. Then there’s his tackling technique, as he tends to lower his head and spear runners — a bad habit he must fix.

I anticipate he will develop into an inside linebacker for the Giants, who are severely lacking talent at the position. Currently, they have Ryan Connelly, who’s coming off a torn ACL, TJ Brunson, and Tae Crowder.

Adding several late-round picks to the position was general manager Dave Gettleman’s way of increasing the probability of hitting on one of these prospects. Brown seems to have a ton of untapped potential, and hopefully, he can develop the mental side of his game and increase his overall play strength to match up with NFL talent.

Did the New York Giants land a gem in linebacker Cam Brown out of Penn State?

New York Giants, Cam Brown

Taking a look at New York Giants draft pick Cam Brown and what he brings to the team:

The New York Giants took a very specific approach toward their late-round draft picks. In the sixth round, they managed to secure Penn State linebacker Cam Brown, who is known to be the team leader.

Head coach Joe Judge made it a priority to focus on bringing in high character players with high athletic upside. In 2019, brown started 12 games for the Nittany Lions, logging 72 total tackles, 2.0 sacks, four passes offended, one forced fumble, and two fumble recoveries.

His time as a captain for Penn State gave him essential experience and knowledge in leading a team and a group of men. Ultimately, these high character players will benefit the culture in the Giants’ organization and help in the locker room significantly.

What does Brown bring to the Giants?

Aside from his mental attributes, he is an extremely aggressive and athletic off-ball linebacker. He will likely transition to the inside from an outside perspective in college. He’s not big enough to stand up against offensive tackles at the NFL level, but his tenacity and strength as an off-ball player can be utilized.

Of course, there are weaknesses and deficiencies with a player coming out of the sixth-round. He frequently overshoots tackles and is slow to diagnose plays, but his athleticism makes him in a high upside player with the potential to develop.

If he can refine his athletic abilities around his mental mistakes, the Giants may have gotten a steal and the sixth-round. At 6-foot-5 and 233 pounds, there’s no question he could add a bit more muscle mass to his height, making him a solid depth linebacker for the time being. I fully expect him to make the team and compete with Ryan Connelly to a degree (eventually).

New York Giants: Defensive Players to Watch at the Combine

New York Giants, Nate Solder, Jon Halapio, Mike Remmers

It is no secret to anyone reading this, but the New York Giants are in serious need of defensive talent.  At the time of this article, the Giants have just $23.2 million of their 2020 cap space allocated to the defensive side of the football.  For comparison, that is less than what both Khalil Mack and Aaron Donald will count towards the Bears and Rams respectively.  The next closest figure is that of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, which is $42.9 million.

It is without question that the New York Giants will target the defense in both Free Agency and April’s draft.  Everyone knows the big name prospects that the Giants may or may not be able to get in the first round.  Chase Young, Isaiah Simmons, Derrick Brown and Jeffrey Okudah are all well known and potential targets for Big Blue in the early stages.  Yet, with currently 10 picks throughout the entire draft, including compensatory picks, the Giants need to be able to target defenders at every stage.

Who are some other prospects the Giants could target in days 2 and 3?

EDGE Zack Baun – Wisconsin

Zack Baun has been a named mocked to the Giants in the 2nd round by numerous sources.  However, he doesn’t have a flashy name like Young, K’Lavon Chaisson or A.J. Epenesa.  For Giants fans well in tune with Joe Judge’s plan of versatility, maybe you should get accustomed to it.  Baun is a defensive playmaker that will be best suited in a versatile role.  His quickness and burst are what will make him stand out in pressure generation.  He can quickly fill gaps in the run game, as well.  If Zack Baun is indeed a selection for the Giants, look for him to play all over the field for the defense.

CB Damon Arnette – Ohio State

I will not be surprised to see Ohio State’s Damon Arnette sneak into the first round after a good showing in Indianapolis.  His skills in press coverage would be well suited for every team in the NFL.  Arnette does not have the elite speed most teams may covet in a corner, so safety help is a must.  Where he does excel, are his ball skills and short-area abilities.

EDGE Joshua Uche – Michigan

No, this isn’t an article of Big Ten athletes.  Joshua Uche is just good.  In his interview this week, Jedrick Wills picked Uche when asked who his toughest matchup was in college.  That is saying a lot coming from an Alabama prospect.  Uche is not the most filled out athlete, but his quickness and bend is top-notch.  He has the frame to add more mass, which could really propel him into the top echelon of NFL pass rushers.

S Kyle Dugger – Lenoir-Rhyne

The South Atlantic Conference in NCAA’s Division II is about as far away from the Big Ten as one could get.  Kyle Dugger, however, will be competing with top tier talent on Sunday’s.  Dugger is another versatile defensive weapon.  One could call him a poor man’s Isaiah Simmons.  However, if he gets called to play for the New York Giants, they’d very likely hit it rich.  Dugger may find the best success transitioning to LB.  In fact, he was asked to take part in LB drills at the NFL Combine.  He may not have the same skill set as Simmons, but he comes with similar versatility.

LB Akeem Davis-Gaithers – Appalachian State

Another prospect from a “smaller” program, Akeem Davis-Gaithers has the talent that the Giants are looking for.  He’s a linebacker that comes with a very good range.  In college, he occasionally was asked to cover wide receivers, but absolutely has the athleticism to cover running backs and tight ends in pass defense.  Similar to Uche, he could afford to put on some extra pounds.  With his hard-hitting mindset, it would be extremely beneficial for him to do so at the next level.

S Shyheim Carter – Alabama

The Giants have had success with Alabama safeties and Shyheim Carter could be the next.  Like Landon Collins, Carter does his best work near the line of scrimmage.  Another versatile, hybrid player, the New York Giants could very well benefit from his services.  Also like Collins, however, he is not someone you’d trust covering a running back or tight end in coverage.

LB Cameron Brown – Penn State

A late-round prospect, Cam Brown is the type of linebacker the Giants have needed.  He has incredible range and athleticism.  Often being bumped out to cover wide receivers in the slot and tight ends.  The Nittany Lions used him quite often in pass defense of the flat zones.  He’s got the range to play WILL but will need to bulk up and clean up his tackle finishing for the NFL.