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At this time last year, Devon Kennard was getting ready for his second NFL season, looking to build on a very promising rookie year.
A fifth-round pick out of USC in 2014, Kennard played in 12 games as a rookie and started six. He had 36 tackles, 4.5 sacks and forced two fumbles. He looked like an impact player in the making.
Then the injury bug hit. Foot and hamstring injuries limited him to just nine games and 36 tackles last season. A hamstring also limited his play time as a rookie in 2014. Kennard suffered though injuries during his collegiate and high school career as well.
The team’s 2014 fifth-round draft choice was impressive when he was on the field, even earning NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors for his work against Tennessee as a rookie. But he missed four games that year with hamstring and toe injuries, and sat out seven more games last year with calf, foot and hamstring issues. Kennard has the potential to be one of the Giants’ best defensive players.
“(I am increasing) the amount I train throughout the day and doing a lot of hamstring stuff,” Kennard said. “I have lost some weight and I am just focusing in on what I need to do. I am really not worried about the past. Everyone wants to put that statement on me. There were some unfortunate deals and some hamstrings, but that is behind me now and I am not worried about any of that.”
For me, it means tradition. You look at all the guys who came before you, how this organization has been run for as long as it’s been around, and it just makes you very proud to be a part of such an organization and to be able to put on that helmet every day and work here.
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Giants wide receivers Tavarres King and Roger Lewis have performed well under the radar throughout training camp and the preseason. With the wideout focus on Odell Beckham Jr. Victor Cruz and Sterling Shepard, King led the Giants with seven catches, 126 yards and three touchdowns, while Lewis contributed five receptions for 59 yards and a touchdown.
Manning completed 23 of 44 passes for 299 yards, including a 41-yard touchdown to Tavarres King (which pulled the Giants to within 14-13 with 5:16 remaining in the third quarter), and one interception (with 16 seconds left in the game). The late pick ended Manning’s streak of 155 consecutive postseason passes without a pick. His most recent postseason interception had also been in Lambeau, on Jan. 15, 2012.
The Giants’ victory over the Jets in the MetLife Bowl resulted largely from the collaboration that developed last year between a backup quarterback and a practice squad wide receiver.
Ryan Nassib and Tavarres King teamed up for the Giants’ only two offensive touchdowns in the 21-20 triumph, a 27-yarder in the third quarter and the 11-yard game-winner with 2:25 remaining in the fourth. They were King’s only receptions of the game and one-third of Nassib’s six completions.
Like the wide receivers, there’s plenty of competition in the tight ends room as coaches decide the pecking order.
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Today was Matt LaCosse’s turn to get some first-team reps and he made the first highlight of practice with a leaping grab on a pass thrown by Eli Manning. LaCosse played in the final two games of 2015 for the Giants after spending most of the season on the practice squad. He caught three passes for 22 yards, all of which came in Week 16 at Minnesota.
After a productive day on Wednesday running with the first team, tight end Matt LaCosse followed it up with another on Thursday. The Illinois product, who went undrafted in 2015 and sf giants jerseys cheap spent time on the Giants’ practice squad before dressing for the final two games, had the highlight of the day, ripping down a touchdown pass from backup quarterback Ryan Nassib in the back of the end zone. On the way back to the huddle, coach Ben McAdoo yelled “good play” to the tight end, a position he coached for six seasons in Green Bay.
LaCosse was all over the field again today and turned in the highlight of practice with a leaping touchdown catch in the back of the end zone from backup quarterback Ryan Nassib. On the way back to the huddle, coach Ben McAdoo yelled “good play” to the tight end, a position McAdoo coached for six seasons in Green Bay. That’s back-to-back big days for LaCosse, who went undrafted out of Illinois in 2015 and spent time on the Giants’ practice squad before suiting up for the final two games. He ran with the first-team offense on Wednesday.