by Craig J. Santucci @NYGiantsRush
Connor Barwin signs 2 yr deal with the NY Giants
Something feels right about signing Linebacker Connor Barwin. 2018 will be his 9th season in the NFL and over that time period he has only missed two games. That stat all by itself if very impressive.
In 2011 while playing in Houston, Barwin had 11.5 sacks. In 2014 he had 14.5 sacks while playing for the Philadelphia Eagles. He racked up 31 sacks in his four years with the Birds in a somewhat limited role.
The linebacker has always had a great motor and a relentless approach to the game. He can set the edge and is not afraid to blow up a pulling guard and a full back. He averages roughly 48 tackles an NFL season and frankly I can’t figure out why the Rams would let him and Alec Ogletree out of the building.
Barwin is a good locker room and community guy. He gets involved with a ton of charity and community events and should make an impact for the Giants on the field right away. It seems like a win for everyone, however I do ask myself why does this guy keep getting released. (Texans, Eagles, Rams, Giants) Maybe he has a really bad agent.
Barwin Reunites with Old Friends:
The best part about signing Connor Barwin is reuniting him with the Giants new linebacker coach Bill McGovern. McGovern coached Barwin for three seasons in Philadelphia and maximized his skill set.
Before McGovern signed in Philadelphia the former Holy Cross football star was the defensive coordinator and linebacker coach for Boston College. During his two seasons as defensive coordinator in Boston, he coached two NFL linebackers – Mark Herzlich and Luke Kuechly.
I would gamble to say that if Barwin performs he could receive up to 20 to 25 snaps a game and only run behind Ogletree, Vernon and Martin in snap count. The linebacker is currently wearing No. 53. Hopefully that changes throughout the campaign.