New York Giants to Sign Linebacker

The New York Giants will be adding some veteran leadership to their linebacking corps. According to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler, linebacker A.J. Klein will join the team's practice squad before quickly being elevated to the 53-man roster. The Giants have been turning over their linebacker unit in the early portion of the season, making Blake Martinez a surprise cut before Week 1 and signing Jaylon Smith before Week 3. The results have been mixed. The Giants rank 27th in yards allowed per rush and 15th overall in yards allowed. As the Giants continue their search for answers, Klein could find himself in the starting lineup sooner than later.
Klein joins the Giants following a two-year stint with the Buffalo Bills where first-year Giants head coach Brian Daboll recently served as offensive coordinator. Klein initially entered the league as a fifth-round pick for the Carolina Panthers in the 2013 NFL Draft. He started sporadically for the Panthers across his first four seasons before moving into a full-time role with the Saints from 2017 to 2019. He should help an inexperienced Giants team reestablish a winning culture: Klein has appeared in 12 postseason games across his nine previous seasons, and the Giants have made the playoffs only once since 2011.
Photo Credit: © Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports