New York Giants news, 10/15 – Giants interested in veteran linebacker, injury update, more

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Good Morning, New York Giants Fans!

As we crawl ever-so-slowly towards the New York Giants week seven matchup against the Arizona Cardinals, we have good news and bad news.

On the positive side of things, running back Saquon Barkley is preparing to return next Sunday against the Cardinals at home in MetLife. His injection into the offense will not only give rookie quarterback Daniel Jones some breathing room, but also the team as a whole a better grasp on the reigns of victory.

Time management, unpredictability, efficiency, and more play into extracting wins from games and Barkley is a crucial cog in all of those factors. Three weeks after suffering a high ankle sprain against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Saquon is cutting and running full speed with no withdrawal. An impressive bout of Super Human recovery, but he’s not out of the clear just yet.

Eagles waive talented linebacker:

The Giants are certainly in the market for a new linebacker, and Zack Brown, formerly of the Eagles, could be a reliable option. As a tradition linebacker, Brown has 29 combined tackle, 16 solo, and two tackles for a loss. He has recorded at least one sack in every season he’s played in the NFL (8 seasons, including 2019).

Reports of several teams being interest in his services have bubbled to the surface, and the New York Giants should undoubtedly be one of them, considering his knowledge of the Philly defensive schemes and his success in past seasons. However, the Giants are running dangerously low on cap-space, and alternative Deon Bucannon could make far more sense for a James Bettcher run unit.

Giants sign one player and cut another:

Big Blue re-signed Bennie Fowler over the weekend to help supplement Sterling Shepard picking up a second concussion this season in week five. He likely won’t earn much playing time, but having an insurance policy who’s familiar with the playbook is valuable.

The Giants also cut linebacker Nate Stupar, who famously was hit in the head with a punt last week against New England. That play resulted in a special-teams score for the Pats, putting them on the board in what was a defensive stalemate.

Nonetheless–

Your top news of the day:

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Dan Benton – Giants re-sign WR Bennie Fowler, release LB Nate Stupar
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Alexander Wilson – New York Giants could look to trade Janoris Jenkins at the trade deadline

New York Giants: This Free Agent Linebacker Could Be a Perfect Fit on Defense

The New York Giants have one of the league’s worst defenses. They went from bad to worse in the offseason. After an abysmal 2018, the Giants let their best pass rusher and their best safety go in the offseason. These moves left even more holes on the Giants’ defense.

Prior to these moves, the Giants were already weak at a number of defensive positions. One of those weak positions is at linebacker. The Giants will need to upgrade this position sooner than later, whether that be through the draft or through free agency.

Free agency started about two weeks ago, so the market has really thinned out. However, there is still at least one quality linebacker available for the Giants to consider. That linebacker is former Washington Redskin, Zach Brown.

What Zach Brown Could Bring To The Giants:

At 29 years old, Zach Brown could bring a nice veteran presence to the Giants’ locker room. The Giants already have Alec Ogletree for that, but Brown and Ogletree could be a great duo of defensive captains. Brown has also performed better than Ogletree as a player, too.

Zach Brown struggled through an injury in 2018 but still played top-notch football. He totaled 96 tackles, 2 forced fumbles, and 10 tackles for loss. Despite playing with an injury, Brown played all 16 games for the Redskins. He did only start in 12, but he played in all 16. Pro Football Focus graded Zach Brown as the 3rd best linebacker in the NFL in 2018 with an overall grade of 89.2.

Brown has been an impact player for the past 3 seasons. He has totaled over 10 tackles for loss in each of the last 3 seasons and in 2017 and 2016 he had incredible combined tackle totals. In 2016, playing for the Buffalo Bills, Brown racked up a huge 149 tackles as he was selected to the Pro Bowl. That tackle number was 2nd highest in the league in 2016.

In 2017, Brown put up another solid season. He had 127 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, and 4.5 sacks with the Washington Redskins. On top of this, Brown was solid in pass defense in 2018. According to Pro Football Focus, Brown was one of only six linebackers to play at least 350 coverage snaps and not allow a single touchdown in coverage.

If the Giants sign Zach Brown, they will be getting a highly productive and very consistent linebacker to man the middle of their defense.