Devon Kennard
LB #59
Height:
6-3
Weight:
251
Age:
26
College:
USC
Hometown:
Phoenix, AZ
Experience:
4

Quick Stats (2017):

TCKL
37
SCK
3.0
FF
0
INT
--

Biography

TRANSACTIONS:
-    Originally a 5th-round (174th pick overall) draft choice by the Giants in 2014.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
-    Kennard has played in 37 games with 24 starts...His totals include 157 tackles (110 solo) 5.5 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery, and 1 interception.
-    In 2016, played in all 16 regular-season games for the first time in his career with 9 starts, and played in the NFC Wild Card Game…Finished the season with a career-high 58 tackles (38 solo), 1.0 sack, 1 pass defensed, 1 forced fumble, and 1 fumble recovery…Had a season-high 6 tackles in 3 different games – 3 solo stops vs. Washington (9/25), 5 solo vs. Baltimore (10/16), and 4 solo vs. Dallas (12/11)…Recovered an Isaiah Crowell fumble that was forced by Damon Harrison at Cleveland (11/27)…Sacked Dak Prescott for a 9-yard loss and forced a fumble that was recovered by Cowboys tackle Doug Free vs. Dallas (12/11).
-    In 2015, started all 9 games in which he played at strongside linebacker…Inactive vs. San Francisco (10/11) and at Philadelphia (10/19) with a calf injury, and for the seasons’ final 5 games with foot and hamstring injuries…Finished the season with 56 tackles (36 solo), 1 interception and 4 passes defensed.
-    Opened the season with 5 tackles (3 solo) at Dallas…Had 9 tackles (7 solo) vs. Atlanta (9/20), 5 (4 solo) vs. Washington (9/25) and 4 (1 solo), and his first career interception at Buffalo (10/4)…Picked off a Tyron Taylor pass late in the first quarter, a takeaway that set up Eli Manning’s 21-yard touchdown pass to Dwayne Harris.
-    Returned to action with 7 solo tackles vs. Dallas (10/25)…Had 4 tackles (2 solo) at New Orleans (11/1) and 6 tackles (4 solo) at Tampa Bay (11/8) and vs. New England (11/15)…Had a season-high 10 tackles (5 solo) in his final game, at Washington (11/29).
-    As a rookie in 2014, Kennard played in 12 games with 6 starts at strongside linebacker…Inactive for 3 games (9/14-25) with a hamstring injury and for the season finale vs. Philadelphia (12/28) with a toe injury…Finished with 43 tackles (36 solo), 4.5 sacks and 2 forced fumbles.
-    Kennard was selected as the NFC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in the Giants’ 36-7 victory at Tennessee (12/7), where he had 6 solo tackles, including 2.0 sacks, 2 tackles for losses and 1 forced fumble. It was Kennard’s 2nd straight 2-sack game. Those were his first 4 career sacks.
-    Late in the first quarter, Kennard sacked Tennessee quarterback Zach Mettenberger for a 6-yard loss and forced a fumble that was returned by defensive tackle Markus Kuhn 26 yards for the touchdown that gave the Giants a 17-0 lead. In the 4th quarter, Kennard sacked Mettenberger for a 9-yard loss.
-    Kennard was the first Giants player to receive a Player of the Week award since defensive end Justin Tuck in Week 13 of the 2013 season at Washington…He was the first Giants linebacker to be honored since Mathias Kiwanuka in Week 9 in 2011 vs. New England (though he was then a defensive end, Kiwanuka was the Giants’ starting strongside linebacker in that game)…Kennard was the first Giants defensive rookie to be honored as a Player of the Week. The only Giants rookies to receive the award were Jessie Armstead (special teams, 1993), Matt Bryant (special teams, 2002 – twice), Osi Umenyiora (special teams, 2003), David Wilson (special teams, 2012) and Jeremy Shockey (offense 2002).
-    Kennard had 2.0 sacks at Jacksonville (11/30) and at Tennessee to become the first Giants player with at least 2.0 sacks in back-to-back games since Tuck, who had 4.0 at Washington on Dec. 1 and 2.0 at San Diego on Dec. 8, 2013. Kennard was the first Giants rookie to do it since Jason Pierre-Paul on Nov. 28 and Dec. 5, 2010. Kennard and JPP are the only Giants rookies to have at least 2.0 sacks in back-to-back games….The last Giants linebacker to accomplish the feat had been Armstead on Oct. 3-10, 1999. Kennard was the first Giants rookie linebacker with at least 2.0 sacks in consecutive games and the first NFL rookie linebacker to do it since San Francisco’s Aldon Smith in 2011.
-    Kennard, Pierre-Paul and Damontre Moore each had 2.0 sacks vs. the Titans. It was the first time the Giants had 3 different players with at least 2.0 sacks since Sept. 30, 2007, when Osi Umenyiora (team-record 6.0), Kiwanuka (3.0) and Tuck (2.0) did it. That night, the Giants set a franchise record with 12.0 sacks, all on Donovan McNabb.
-    Kennard made his NFL debut at linebacker and on special teams at Detroit (9/8)…Recorded his first 4 tackles (3 solo) at Dallas (10/19) and followed with 4 tackles (3 solo) vs. Indianapolis (11/3)…Started for the first time and contributed a season-high 9 tackles (7 solo) vs. San Francisco (11/16)…Had 3 solo tackles at Jacksonville…Recorded 7 solo tackles, a half-sack and 1 forced fumble vs. Washington (12/14)…Had 4 solo stops in his final game, at St. Louis (12/21).

COLLEGE:
-    Played in 51 games with 32 starts at USC – 1 at rush end, 8 at middle linebacker, 5 at strongside defensive end and 18 at strongside outside linebacker…Finished with 195 tackles (95 solo), 13.0 sacks for minus 94 yards, 26.5 stops for losses of 118 yards and 13 quarterback pressures…Forced a fumble, recovered 2 others and deflected 8 passes and intercepted another…In 2013, Kennard started all 14 games at outside linebacker after missing the 2012 season with an injury…Finished the season with 60 tackles (34 solo), including 13 for losses of 70 yards, a team-high 9.0 sacks for minus 64 yards, plus 4 deflections and 1 fumble recovery…Was 1 of 4 finalists for the 2013 Lott Impact Trophy…Selected to  All Pac-12 2nd team…Voted by his teammates as USC’s Most Inspirational Player, and he also won the Trojan Way Leadership Award, the Trojan Football Alumni Club Award (top GPA) and was the Co-Lifter of the Year…In 2012, Kennard was slated to start at defensive end, but he tore a chest muscle just prior to the season and had surgery, which allowed him to redshirt…As a junior in 2011, played in 12 games with 5 starts at defensive end, where he was moved from linebacker following spring drills…Finished season with 29 tackles (14 solo), including 4 for losses, 2.0 sacks (1 which resulted in a safety)…In 2010, played in all 13 games, including starts in the first 8 games at middle linebacker…Had a career-high 72 tackles (29 solo), including 7 for losses, 2 sacks, 1 interception and 1 deflection…As a freshman in 2009, Kennard played in 13 games with 1 start…Began the season as a backup defensive end, but by midseason was seeing much action in pass rush situations…Was moved to strongside linebacker for USC’s final 4 games and started those contests…Finished season with 34 tackles (18 solo), including 2 for losses, plus 3 deflections, 1 fumble recovery and 1 forced fumble.

OFF-THE-FIELD ACTIVITY:
-    Proud supporter and weekly volunteer at New City Kids, a Jersey City, N.J., faith-based youth leadership program that creates 100% high school graduation rates and college attendance through after-school mentoring, academic tutoring, and music programs...Raised awareness for New City Kids by wearing custom-designed cleats during Week 13 for the league-wide initiative “My Cause My Cleats.”... Hosts a “Reading with DK” summer reading challenge for kids in 3rd – 12th grade, where participants can win autographed rewards...Visited Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst to thank the members of the military for their service, host a youth football event for their kids, and announce the 2017 Round 4 NFL Draft pick on t.v. with selected members of the base.  Attended the 2017 NBC4 and Telemundo Health and Fitness Expo Presented by Quest Diagnostics at MetLife Stadium, interacted with fans in attendance...Participated in a conversation with Senator Cory Booker and the non-profit RISE regarding current social justice issues in our nation...Attended JT Thomas’ Monday Night Bowling fundraiser that benefited Intensive Therapeutics, a program that offers individual and group services for children with a variety of special needs...Attended the Trevin Wade Foundation Strike 4 Kids bowling event, interacted with children and families that attended...Attended The MDA Muscle Team Dinner which raises over $1 million toward treatments and cures for muscle diseases and was a buddy for the evening to a child living with muscular dystrophy...Visited Modell’s to sign autographs for fans while distributing the Tackle Kids Cancer fundraiser holiday ornament. Attended the Play 60 Challenge Field Day Celebration at Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Teaneck, N.J...Joined teammate Mark Herzlich to support the Joyful Heart Foundation at the Joyful Revolution Gala.

PERSONAL:
-    Kennard received his bachelor’s degree in communications in the spring of 2012 and a master’s degree in communications management in 2013 from USC…Selected to the 2010 and 2011 Pac-12 All-Academic 2nd team…Kennard and 15 of his USC teammates spent 5 days in Haiti in the spring of 2012 building homes and assisting those in need…Selected as 1 of USC’s representatives at the 2011 APPLE (Athletic Prevention Programming and Leadership Education) Conference in Austin, Texas, designed to promote student-athlete health and wellness…His father, Derek, was an All-American offensive lineman at Nevada (lettering from 1981 to 1983) who then played 2 years in the USFL (1984-85 with the Los Angeles Express) and 11 seasons in the NFL (1986-90 with the St. Louis/Phoenix Cardinals, 1991-93 with the New Orleans Saints and 1994-96 with the Dallas Cowboys), including the 1995 Cowboys’ team that won the Super Bowl. His brother, Derek Jr., was a 4-year (2000-03) football letterman at Nevada… As a senior defensive end at Desert Vista High in Phoenix, Kennard played in only 3 early games in 2008 before tearing knee ligaments, which sidelined him the rest of the season…As a junior in 2007, he made Rivals.com Junior All-America first team after finishing with 111 tackles and 24 sacks. Desert Vista played in the 2007 Arizona state 5-A championship game…In his 2006 sophomore season, he was selected All-Region after finishing with 81 tackles and 7 sacks.
TRANSACTIONS:
-    Originally a 5th-round (174th pick overall) draft choice by the Giants in 2014.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
-    Kennard has played in 37 games with 24 starts...His totals include 157 tackles (110 solo) 5.5 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery, and 1 interception.
-    In 2016, played in all 16 regular-season games for the first time in his career with 9 starts, and played in the NFC Wild Card Game…Finished the season with a career-high 58 tackles (38 solo), 1.0 sack, 1 pass defensed, 1 forced fumble, and 1 fumble recovery…Had a season-high 6 tackles in 3 different games – 3 solo stops vs. Washington (9/25), 5 solo vs. Baltimore (10/16), and 4 solo vs. Dallas (12/11)…Recovered an Isaiah Crowell fumble that was forced by Damon Harrison at Cleveland (11/27)…Sacked Dak Prescott for a 9-yard loss and forced a fumble that was recovered by Cowboys tackle Doug Free vs. Dallas (12/11).
-    In 2015, started all 9 games in which he played at strongside linebacker…Inactive vs. San Francisco (10/11) and at Philadelphia (10/19) with a calf injury, and for the seasons’ final 5 games with foot and hamstring injuries…Finished the season with 56 tackles (36 solo), 1 interception and 4 passes defensed.
-    Opened the season with 5 tackles (3 solo) at Dallas…Had 9 tackles (7 solo) vs. Atlanta (9/20), 5 (4 solo) vs. Washington (9/25) and 4 (1 solo), and his first career interception at Buffalo (10/4)…Picked off a Tyron Taylor pass late in the first quarter, a takeaway that set up Eli Manning’s 21-yard touchdown pass to Dwayne Harris.
-    Returned to action with 7 solo tackles vs. Dallas (10/25)…Had 4 tackles (2 solo) at New Orleans (11/1) and 6 tackles (4 solo) at Tampa Bay (11/8) and vs. New England (11/15)…Had a season-high 10 tackles (5 solo) in his final game, at Washington (11/29).
-    As a rookie in 2014, Kennard played in 12 games with 6 starts at strongside linebacker…Inactive for 3 games (9/14-25) with a hamstring injury and for the season finale vs. Philadelphia (12/28) with a toe injury…Finished with 43 tackles (36 solo), 4.5 sacks and 2 forced fumbles.
-    Kennard was selected as the NFC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in the Giants’ 36-7 victory at Tennessee (12/7), where he had 6 solo tackles, including 2.0 sacks, 2 tackles for losses and 1 forced fumble. It was Kennard’s 2nd straight 2-sack game. Those were his first 4 career sacks.
-    Late in the first quarter, Kennard sacked Tennessee quarterback Zach Mettenberger for a 6-yard loss and forced a fumble that was returned by defensive tackle Markus Kuhn 26 yards for the touchdown that gave the Giants a 17-0 lead. In the 4th quarter, Kennard sacked Mettenberger for a 9-yard loss.
-    Kennard was the first Giants player to receive a Player of the Week award since defensive end Justin Tuck in Week 13 of the 2013 season at Washington…He was the first Giants linebacker to be honored since Mathias Kiwanuka in Week 9 in 2011 vs. New England (though he was then a defensive end, Kiwanuka was the Giants’ starting strongside linebacker in that game)…Kennard was the first Giants defensive rookie to be honored as a Player of the Week. The only Giants rookies to receive the award were Jessie Armstead (special teams, 1993), Matt Bryant (special teams, 2002 – twice), Osi Umenyiora (special teams, 2003), David Wilson (special teams, 2012) and Jeremy Shockey (offense 2002).
-    Kennard had 2.0 sacks at Jacksonville (11/30) and at Tennessee to become the first Giants player with at least 2.0 sacks in back-to-back games since Tuck, who had 4.0 at Washington on Dec. 1 and 2.0 at San Diego on Dec. 8, 2013. Kennard was the first Giants rookie to do it since Jason Pierre-Paul on Nov. 28 and Dec. 5, 2010. Kennard and JPP are the only Giants rookies to have at least 2.0 sacks in back-to-back games….The last Giants linebacker to accomplish the feat had been Armstead on Oct. 3-10, 1999. Kennard was the first Giants rookie linebacker with at least 2.0 sacks in consecutive games and the first NFL rookie linebacker to do it since San Francisco’s Aldon Smith in 2011.
-    Kennard, Pierre-Paul and Damontre Moore each had 2.0 sacks vs. the Titans. It was the first time the Giants had 3 different players with at least 2.0 sacks since Sept. 30, 2007, when Osi Umenyiora (team-record 6.0), Kiwanuka (3.0) and Tuck (2.0) did it. That night, the Giants set a franchise record with 12.0 sacks, all on Donovan McNabb.
-    Kennard made his NFL debut at linebacker and on special teams at Detroit (9/8)…Recorded his first 4 tackles (3 solo) at Dallas (10/19) and followed with 4 tackles (3 solo) vs. Indianapolis (11/3)…Started for the first time and contributed a season-high 9 tackles (7 solo) vs. San Francisco (11/16)…Had 3 solo tackles at Jacksonville…Recorded 7 solo tackles, a half-sack and 1 forced fumble vs. Washington (12/14)…Had 4 solo stops in his final game, at St. Louis (12/21).

COLLEGE:
-    Played in 51 games with 32 starts at USC – 1 at rush end, 8 at middle linebacker, 5 at strongside defensive end and 18 at strongside outside linebacker…Finished with 195 tackles (95 solo), 13.0 sacks for minus 94 yards, 26.5 stops for losses of 118 yards and 13 quarterback pressures…Forced a fumble, recovered 2 others and deflected 8 passes and intercepted another…In 2013, Kennard started all 14 games at outside linebacker after missing the 2012 season with an injury…Finished the season with 60 tackles (34 solo), including 13 for losses of 70 yards, a team-high 9.0 sacks for minus 64 yards, plus 4 deflections and 1 fumble recovery…Was 1 of 4 finalists for the 2013 Lott Impact Trophy…Selected to  All Pac-12 2nd team…Voted by his teammates as USC’s Most Inspirational Player, and he also won the Trojan Way Leadership Award, the Trojan Football Alumni Club Award (top GPA) and was the Co-Lifter of the Year…In 2012, Kennard was slated to start at defensive end, but he tore a chest muscle just prior to the season and had surgery, which allowed him to redshirt…As a junior in 2011, played in 12 games with 5 starts at defensive end, where he was moved from linebacker following spring drills…Finished season with 29 tackles (14 solo), including 4 for losses, 2.0 sacks (1 which resulted in a safety)…In 2010, played in all 13 games, including starts in the first 8 games at middle linebacker…Had a career-high 72 tackles (29 solo), including 7 for losses, 2 sacks, 1 interception and 1 deflection…As a freshman in 2009, Kennard played in 13 games with 1 start…Began the season as a backup defensive end, but by midseason was seeing much action in pass rush situations…Was moved to strongside linebacker for USC’s final 4 games and started those contests…Finished season with 34 tackles (18 solo), including 2 for losses, plus 3 deflections, 1 fumble recovery and 1 forced fumble.

OFF-THE-FIELD ACTIVITY:
-    Proud supporter and weekly volunteer at New City Kids, a Jersey City, N.J., faith-based youth leadership program that creates 100% high school graduation rates and college attendance through after-school mentoring, academic tutoring, and music programs...Raised awareness for New City Kids by wearing custom-designed cleats during Week 13 for the league-wide initiative “My Cause My Cleats.”... Hosts a “Reading with DK” summer reading challenge for kids in 3rd – 12th grade, where participants can win autographed rewards...Visited Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst to thank the members of the military for their service, host a youth football event for their kids, and announce the 2017 Round 4 NFL Draft pick on t.v. with selected members of the base.  Attended the 2017 NBC4 and Telemundo Health and Fitness Expo Presented by Quest Diagnostics at MetLife Stadium, interacted with fans in attendance...Participated in a conversation with Senator Cory Booker and the non-profit RISE regarding current social justice issues in our nation...Attended JT Thomas’ Monday Night Bowling fundraiser that benefited Intensive Therapeutics, a program that offers individual and group services for children with a variety of special needs...Attended the Trevin Wade Foundation Strike 4 Kids bowling event, interacted with children and families that attended...Attended The MDA Muscle Team Dinner which raises over $1 million toward treatments and cures for muscle diseases and was a buddy for the evening to a child living with muscular dystrophy...Visited Modell’s to sign autographs for fans while distributing the Tackle Kids Cancer fundraiser holiday ornament. Attended the Play 60 Challenge Field Day Celebration at Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Teaneck, N.J...Joined teammate Mark Herzlich to support the Joyful Heart Foundation at the Joyful Revolution Gala.

PERSONAL:
-    Kennard received his bachelor’s degree in communications in the spring of 2012 and a master’s degree in communications management in 2013 from USC…Selected to the 2010 and 2011 Pac-12 All-Academic 2nd team…Kennard and 15 of his USC teammates spent 5 days in Haiti in the spring of 2012 building homes and assisting those in need…Selected as 1 of USC’s representatives at the 2011 APPLE (Athletic Prevention Programming and Leadership Education) Conference in Austin, Texas, designed to promote student-athlete health and wellness…His father, Derek, was an All-American offensive lineman at Nevada (lettering from 1981 to 1983) who then played 2 years in the USFL (1984-85 with the Los Angeles Express) and 11 seasons in the NFL (1986-90 with the St. Louis/Phoenix Cardinals, 1991-93 with the New Orleans Saints and 1994-96 with the Dallas Cowboys), including the 1995 Cowboys’ team that won the Super Bowl. His brother, Derek Jr., was a 4-year (2000-03) football letterman at Nevada… As a senior defensive end at Desert Vista High in Phoenix, Kennard played in only 3 early games in 2008 before tearing knee ligaments, which sidelined him the rest of the season…As a junior in 2007, he made Rivals.com Junior All-America first team after finishing with 111 tackles and 24 sacks. Desert Vista played in the 2007 Arizona state 5-A championship game…In his 2006 sophomore season, he was selected All-Region after finishing with 81 tackles and 7 sacks.
Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
GGSTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
TOTAL 199 134 65 8.5 0 7 1 0 -- 0 0 3 2
2017 NYG 12 10 37 22 15 3.0 -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 0 1
2016 NYG 16 9 61 40 21 1.0 -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 1 1
2015 NYG 9 9 58 37 21 0.0 -- 4 1 0 -- 0 0 0 --
2014 NYG 12 6 43 35 8 4.5 -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 2 --
Recent Games
WKOppResultTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
TotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
1 @DAL L 3-19 3 0 3 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2 DET L 10-24 5 2 3 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 1
3 @PHI L 24-27 3 1 2 1.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
4 @TB L 23-25 3 2 1 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
5 LAC L 22-27 1 1 0 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
6 @DEN W 23-10 1 1 0 0.0 -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
7 SEA L 7-24 5 4 1 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
9 LA L 17-51 2 1 1 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
10 @SF L 21-31 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
11 KC W 12-9 2 2 0 1.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
12 @WAS L 10-20 4 2 2 1.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
13 @OAK L 17-24 4 2 2 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
14 DAL L 10-30 4 4 0 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --

No Data

No Data

No Data

No Data