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Giants re-sign LB Jasper Brinkley

Posted Mar 29, 2016

The Giants have announced LB Jasper Brinkley has be re-signed

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - The Giants today announced they have re-signed linebacker Jasper Brinkley, the team’s third-leading tackler in the 2015 season.

Brinkley, who is entering his eighth NFL season and second with the Giants, was an unrestricted free agent.

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“This is where I wanted to be,” Brinkley said. “I had a good season last year. Just given the opportunities I had, and given the guys that are here and the mentality the coaches have, there’s definitely a winning mentality here, and I want to be a part of that.”

Brinkley signed with the Giants last Sept. 9, two days after he was released by the Cowboys, and just four days before the season opener in Dallas.

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“I came here week one and my head was spinning,” Brinkley said. “There was smoke coming out of my ears. I leaned on (Jon) Beason and Mark Herzlich. Those guys helped me a lot. I owe a great deal to those guys.”

In 2014, Brinkley played in all 16 games and started 11 for the Minnesota Vikings. With the Giants, his early opportunities were more sporadic. Brinkley played as a reserve for the first three games, was inactive at Buffalo on Oct. 4, and then played three more games as a backup and on special teams.

“Once you’re used to being in the starting lineup, being in the situation I was in was very different,” Brinkley said.

Brinkley started for the first time on Nov. 1 at New Orleans. Once he entered the lineup, starting each of the last nine games at middle linebacker. Brinkley had a season-high 12 tackles (nine solo) vs. New England, and nine total tackles twice. At season’s end he had 66 tackles (48 solo), trailing only Landon Collins and Johnathan Casillas among Giants defenders.

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“I was tested last year, and being patient paid off for me in the end,” Brinkley said. “When you’re number’s called, you have to be able to go out there and perform, and I feel I did that.”

Count Brinkley among those excited about the Giants’ recent defensive acquisitions of end Olivier Vernon, tackle Damon Harrison and cornerback Janoris Jenkins.

“I can see we made great strides this offseason,” Brinkley said. “We brought some top-tier quality players in here on the defensive side of the ball. That’s going to take us a long way.

I’m excited to get back out on the green grass with those guys.”

The Giants also signed linebacker Keenan Robinson, who could well compete with Brinkley for the starting middle linebacker job.

“There’s always competition,” Brinkley said. “Nothing has ever been given to me. I have to earn it. Keenan is going to give great competition.”