Giants fans know their linebackers, and they have to like what they’re seeing from rookie Devon Kennard.
Due to middle linebacker Jon Beason (foot) currently being on the physically unable to perform list, a door opened for Kennard to see the field this summer. And he’s run right through it.
The fifth-round draft choice and USC product has stood out in a busy training camp with big hits and quality play, drawing the attention of teammates and coaches.
“I think Kennard is very smart,” said linebacker Jameel McClain, who signed with the Giants this offseason after six seasons with the Baltimore Ravens. “I think he is very smart and physical. I am excited about him. I have seen a lot of good rookies, and he is definitely one of the most impressive young guys that I have seen maturity-wise and professionalism. I gave him a lot of compliments in that one sentence. I usually don’t do that much.”
Head coach Tom Coughlin has seen the same.
“Yeah, he’s had some good practices here,” Coughlin said after Sunday’s practice in full pads. “He has roles on special teams and playing defense. He’s getting a lot of work and attention. He’s here every day and that’s a good thing.”