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.