Giants Re-Sign LB Devante Downs

Devante Downs will be back in New York for the 2021 season. The Giants announced today that they’ve re-signed the linebacker.

The former seventh-round pick played a limited role with the Vikings during his first season-plus in the NFL, and he only saw a handful of special teams snaps after joining the Giants during the 2019 season. However, he took on a significantly larger role in 2020. The 25-year-old ultimately saw time in 16 games (eight starts), compiling 33 tackles. He saw time on 21-percent of New York’s defensive snaps.

Downs was set to hit restricted free agency following the 2020 season, but he was non-tendered by the organization. These contract machinations didn’t end up meaning all that much, as Downs ultimately landed back in New York.

Downs will surely see a special teams role in 2021, and he’ll compete with the likes of Tae Crowder, Reggie Ragland, and T.J. Brunson for the playing time alongside starting linebacker Blake Martinez.

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5 comments on “Giants Re-Sign LB Devante Downs

  1. rocky7

    Come on Giants, turn your attention to Ryan Kerrigan and sign him….he left the Bengals without a contract….signing him would immediately plug the pass rusher hole…better than any draft option as a pass rusher.
    That would allow them to go either Waddle in a WR rotation or Slater at RG and plug 2 starting holes immediately.

    • mlbnyyfan

      Gentlemen where are the pash rushers?? Can we please get a pass rusher. Hopefully Paye is coming in the draft.

      • CF78

        I don’t think they have much, if any money left… Remember, they need to be able to sign draft picks and undrafted free agents as well. I think that the Giants did really well this year (assuming the big contracts pan out) and Gettleman certainty hot a home run in Free Agency last year. Things are finally starting to look up

      • cka2nd

        If Odenigbo isn’t THE guy, he can be a good second or third pass rusher. He reminds me of Brian Robison, the ex-Viking who was effective rushing the passer with Jared Allen or Everson Griffen opposite him. If Leonard Williams can replicate last year’s performance, Odenigbo should get 6-9 sacks.

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