Giants place Devon Kennard on injured reserve

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Among the many issues that the Giants will have to deal with in the offseason is adding more athleticism and talent to a defense that was short on both during the 2015 season.

One player who was expected to provide athleticism at linebacker this season was Devon Kennard, but injuries got in the way of that. Kennard last played in Week 12 as a result of foot and hamstring injuries and missed two games earlier in the season as well, which means the Giants had his services for just nine of their games this season.

Kennard had 58 tackles and an interceptions when he was on the field and has shown signs in his first two seasons of being the kind of playmaker the Giants need on defense. He missed four games as a rookie as well, so availability has been an issue each of those years as well.

With Kennard on injured reserve, there’s an open roster spot for the Giants to use for wide receiver Odell Beckham as he returns from his one-week suspension for his behavior in the team’s loss to the Panthers.

6 responses to “Giants place Devon Kennard on injured reserve

  1. This team & the Eagles are the worst teams in the division. If Romo hadn’t have gotten hurt the Cowboys would have been a better team & Cousins (unless he’s a one year wonder) seems to be improving. Giants have Manning & without him they win 3 games maybe. I’m honestly not sure what team is better off going into 2016. We have more young talent but our coach sucks. Awful division, all 4 teams kinda reminds ya of the AFC south for the last few years.

  2. Talented, always on the injury report and has missed at least 1/4 of the season because of injuries? Sounds like a Jerry Reese special to me!

  3. Another Jerry Reese pick with great potential who is unable to stay on the field. If guys are continually hurt in college, chances are these injury prone players will not be successful in the NFL. Reese continues to reach in the Draft and the Giants’ well-below talent level is the result. We need a new GM and scouting organization.

  4. albanyjints says:
    Dec 29, 2015 9:11 AM
    Another Jerry Reese pick with great potential who is unable to stay on the field. If guys are continually hurt in college, chances are these injury prone players will not be successful in the NFL. Reese continues to reach in the Draft and the Giants’ well-below talent level is the result. We need a new GM and scouting organization
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    Need to take a good hard look at the training staff as well. Once again the Giants are among the league leaders in man games lost. Over time that should balance out across all 32 teams but it hasn’t and at this point it has gone from being a statistical outlier to a quantifiable fact.

  5. This was almost a pointless move. What are they going to save financially, the one game check for a guy on his rookie deal? Was the extra WR going to make a difference this week against the Eagles with OBJ returning?

    Reese unfortunately has a habit of signing “character” guys with long injury histories. Beason lost his job in Carolina because he couldn’t stay on the field. He comes to the Giants and, surprise! he can’t stay on the field. I was against the Schwartz signing from the get-go – he played 5 quarters in 2014 (not 5 games, 5 quarters), and went back on IR this year. Herzlich… great story to even make the team, but never made it up the depth chart and goes down to injury more than most.

    The George Young family tree has run its course — Accorsi was Young’s assistant GM for 4 years before succeeding him, Reese was a scout under Young and director of pro personnel for Accorsi. Just as George Young came in from the outside and redeveloped the Giants from the ground up, it’s time for someone fresh to come in as the new VP/GM and redevelop the Giants from the ground up again. Let’s see if John Mara has the same foresight as his father in making such a move.

  6. This team needs an infusion of SOLID DEPENDABLE players across the entire roster. They dont need a homerun every draft by reaching. They need to spend the entire draft on OL/DL

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