The depth for the New York Giants at linebacker is getting better by the moment. On Thursday, the Giants designated linebacker David Mayo to return from injured reserve. Back in September, after roster cuts were made, the New York Giants put Mayo on injured reserve with a torn meniscus. The veteran linebacker returned to practice today. The Giants have a 21-day window to activate him or else he will remain on injured reserve for the rest of the season.
The Giants picked up Mayo off the waiver wire after the preseason last year from the San Francisco 49ers. With all the injuries to the linebacker position, Mayo played all 16 games and started 13. He recorded two sacks to go along with 82 tackles, two passes defended, five tackles for a loss. In pass coverage, he allowed 19 completions on 29 targets. He allowed 181 yards, a 65.6 completion percentage, and an 82.7 passer rating.
Devante Downs has shown skill-set issues so far at inside linebacker such as tackling in the passing game and shedding blocks in the run game.
Tae Crowder stepped in for an advanced role against the Rams and looked pretty impressive. Recording three tackles to go along with one pass deflected and one pass completed against him in two targets.
Bringing back David Mayo will step up the Giants’ run defense and help transition Crowder to a rotational inside linebacker.