Jonathan Casillas
LB #52
Height:
6-1
Weight:
227
Age:
30
College:
Wisconsin
Hometown:
Jersey City, NJ
Experience:
9

Quick Stats (2016):

TCKL
96
SCK
1.5
FF
1
INT
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Biography

TRANSACTIONS:
-    Originally signed as a rookie free agent by the New Orleans Saints on May 4, 2009…Signed as a free agent by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on March 14, 2013…Traded by Tampa Bay to the New England Patriots on Oct. 28, 2014…Signed as a free agent by the Giants on March 11, 2015.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
-    Casillas has played in 94 regular-season games with 40 starts at linebacker and played in 8 postseason games with 1 start…Career totals include 312 tackles (213 solo), 6.5 sacks, 18 passes defensed, 3 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries and 44 special teams tackles in the regular season, and 13 tackles (8 solo) and 2 special teams tackles in the postseason…Casillas played for 2 Super Bowl-winning teams, the 2009 New Orleans Saints and the 2014 New England Patriots.
-    In 2016, Casillas played in all 16 regular-season games with 15 starts (both career-high totals) at weakside linebacker, and started the NFC Wild Card Game…Did not start at Philadelphia (12/22)…Voted the Giants’ defensive captain by his teammates…Finished 2nd on the team with a career-high 92 tackles (59 solo), while contributing 1.5 sacks, 8 passes defensed, and 1 forced fumble…Also had 4 special teams tackles…Opened the season with 10 tackles (6 solo) at Dallas (9/11)…Tallied 9 tackles (4 solo) vs. Washington (9/25)…Recorded a season-high 11 tackles (6 solo) vs. Baltimore (10/16)…Posted 5 tackles (3 solo) and a half-sack vs. Cincinnati (11/14)…Had 8 solo tackles and forced a Le’Veon Bell fumble that was recovered by Eli Apple at Pittsburgh (12/4). Two plays after that takeaway, Eli Manning threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Rashad Jennings…Registered 5 tackles (4 solo) and 1.0 sack vs. Dallas (12/11)…Concluded the regular season with 6 tackles (5 solo) at Washington (1/1)…Led the Giants with 11 tackles (7 solo) in the NFC Wild Card Game at Green Bay (1/7).
-    In his first season with the Giants in 2015, Casillas played in 15 games with 7 starts…Started 4 games at weakside linebacker, and 1 apiece on the strong side, in the middle, and as an extra linebacker…Inactive vs. San Francisco (10/11) with a calf injury…Casillas finished 2nd on the team with 80 tackles (62 solo) and contributed 2.0 sacks, 5 tackles for losses, an interception, and 5 passes defensed.
-    Made his Giants debut with 1 tackle at Dallas (9/13)…Registered 7 solo tackles, including an 11-yard sack of Kirk Cousins, vs. Washington (9/24)…Contributed 6 tackles (4 solo) in his first start, at New Orleans (11/1)…Had 7 solo tackles vs. the Jets (12/6)…Started at strongside linebacker and tallied a season-high 10 tackles (7 solo), including a sack of Teddy Bridgewater, at Minnesota (12/27)…Started at middle linebacker and had 7 solo tackles vs. Philadelphia (1/3).    
-    In 2014, Casillas played a total of 13 games with 6 starts for Tampa Bay and New England and totaled 30 tackles (23 solo), 1 forced fumble and 5 special teams tackles…Began the season with the Buccaneers, for whom he played 5 games with 3 starts and had 9 tackles (5 solo)…Started at strongside and had 5 tackles (4 solo) at Atlanta (9/18)…After being traded to the Patriots, he played in 8 games with 3 starts, and played in all 3 of New England’s postseason games…Contributed 21 tackles (18 solo) and 1 forced fumble in the regular season, and 1 solo tackle and 2 special teams tackles in the postseason… Made his Patriots debut on special teams vs. Denver (11/2) and led the team with 3 special teams tackles…Made his first start for New England and tallied 5 tackles (4 solo) and 1 forced fumble at San Diego (12/7)…Started and had a team-high 9 tackles (4 solo) vs. Buffalo (12/28)…Led the Patriots with 24 special team snaps vs. Seattle in Super Bowl XLIX (2/1).
-    In 2013, played in 12 games with 4 starts for Tampa Bay and totaled 25 tackles (13 solo), 2 passes defensed and 1 forced fumble…Finished 2nd on the team with 9 special teams tackles…Placed on injured reserve (12/4) with a knee injury.
-    In 2012, played in 14 games with 1 start in his final season with the Saints…Finished with 26 tackles (18 solo), 1 pass defensed, 2 fumble recoveries and a career-high 10 special teams stops…Had a season-high 6 tackles (2 solo) vs. Philadelphia (11/5).
-    In 2011, played in 13 games with 5 starts and tallied 43 tackles (30 solo), and a career-high 3.0 sacks…Added 2 passes defensed and 6 special teams tackles…Picked up his first career-sack, an 8-yard takedown of Aaron Rodgers, at Green Bay (9/8)…The following week, had a 12-yard sack vs. Chicago (9/18)…Got his 3rd sack, a 5-yarder, vs Indianapolis (10/23)…Had a career-high 11 tackles (5 solo) at Atlanta (11/13)…Totaled 7 tackles (4 solo) vs. the Giants (11/28)…Played in the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at San Francisco (1/14).
-    In 2010, spent the season on injured reserve after injuring his foot in the final preseason game.
-    As a rookie in 2009, played in 11 regular-season games with 2 starts and played in all 3 postseason games, including Super Bowl XLIV…Recorded 16 tackles (8 solo) and 5 special teams stops plus 1 postseason tackle…Made his NFL debut at Buffalo (9/27), where he had 1 special team tackle…Started for the first time vs. Tampa Bay (12/27) and contributed 10 tackles (4 solo).

COLLEGE:
-    Played in 48 games with 36 starts at linebacker at Wisconsin from 2005-08…Totaled 246 tackles, 5 passes defensed, 4 sacks, 4 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries, 2 interceptions, 3 touchdowns and 3 blocked punts…Earned honorable mention All-Big Ten honors his sophomore, junior and senior seasons…As a senior in 2008, played in 10 games, posting 62 tackles, 1.0 sack, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery and 1 interception that he returned for a touchdown…In 2007, recorded a career-high 96 tackles, 2 forced fumbles, 1.0 sack and 1 pass defensed…As a sophomore in 2006, tallied 83 tackles, 4 passes defensed, 2.0 sacks, 1 forced fumble and 1 fumble recovery…Also had 1 interception and 1 blocked punt, both of which he returned for touchdowns…In 2005, blocked 2 punts as a freshman.

OFF-THE-FIELD ACTIVITY:
-    Hosted his annual Jonathan Casillas Forward Progress Football Camp in New Brunswick, N.J...The camp is exclusively for students from the New Brunswick public school system, and includes a half day of life skills followed by a half day of football instruction...Raised awareness for his Forward Progress Camp by wearing custom designed cleats during Week 13 for the league wide initiative “My Cause My Cleats.”...Visited patients at PSEG Children’s Specialized Hospital in New Brunswick, N.J...Attended the Newark Collegiate Academy Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the new turf field thanks in part to LISC and The NFL Foundation Grassroots Program and practiced with the football team, providing them encouragement for their season...Attended Newark Collegiate Academy’s playoff game and surprised the athletes with a pre-game speech...Visited the Community Food Bank of NJ the week of Thanksgiving and helped offload a truck full of turkeys donated by Stop & Shop in advance of the holiday season...Attended the United Way NYC Gridiron Gala, joining teammates and Jets players to help raise over $2 million in support of the United Way’s efforts in New York City...Attended fundraiser for New City Kids, an innovative faith-based youth leadership program that creates 100% high school graduation rates and college attendance through after-school mentoring, academic tutoring, and music programs, which included a performance by the kids...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 Giants annual Jingle Jam holiday party for 600 New Jersey foster children, who each received winter coats, clothes, athletic equipment and enjoyed a night of dancing and many fun activities...Read a popular Dr. Seuss book to students at Golden Door Charter School and Woodrow Wilson Elementary School for Dr. Seuss’ Read Across America Day...Visited Modell’s in Time Square NYC to sign autographs for fans...Attended the 2017 Giants Draft Party, thanking season ticket holders for their support. Played in the Giants Foundation Golf Outing at Westchester Country Club with foundation supporters... Joined teammate Mark Herzlich to support the Joyful Heart Foundation at the Joyful Revolution Gala.

PERSONAL:
-    Attended New Brunswick (N.J.) HS, where he earned first-team All-State and All-County Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2004…Was also an All-County selection in basketball and track…Has one daughter, Jade…Majored in agricultural business management at Wisconsin.
TRANSACTIONS:
-    Originally signed as a rookie free agent by the New Orleans Saints on May 4, 2009…Signed as a free agent by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on March 14, 2013…Traded by Tampa Bay to the New England Patriots on Oct. 28, 2014…Signed as a free agent by the Giants on March 11, 2015.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
-    Casillas has played in 94 regular-season games with 40 starts at linebacker and played in 8 postseason games with 1 start…Career totals include 312 tackles (213 solo), 6.5 sacks, 18 passes defensed, 3 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries and 44 special teams tackles in the regular season, and 13 tackles (8 solo) and 2 special teams tackles in the postseason…Casillas played for 2 Super Bowl-winning teams, the 2009 New Orleans Saints and the 2014 New England Patriots.
-    In 2016, Casillas played in all 16 regular-season games with 15 starts (both career-high totals) at weakside linebacker, and started the NFC Wild Card Game…Did not start at Philadelphia (12/22)…Voted the Giants’ defensive captain by his teammates…Finished 2nd on the team with a career-high 92 tackles (59 solo), while contributing 1.5 sacks, 8 passes defensed, and 1 forced fumble…Also had 4 special teams tackles…Opened the season with 10 tackles (6 solo) at Dallas (9/11)…Tallied 9 tackles (4 solo) vs. Washington (9/25)…Recorded a season-high 11 tackles (6 solo) vs. Baltimore (10/16)…Posted 5 tackles (3 solo) and a half-sack vs. Cincinnati (11/14)…Had 8 solo tackles and forced a Le’Veon Bell fumble that was recovered by Eli Apple at Pittsburgh (12/4). Two plays after that takeaway, Eli Manning threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Rashad Jennings…Registered 5 tackles (4 solo) and 1.0 sack vs. Dallas (12/11)…Concluded the regular season with 6 tackles (5 solo) at Washington (1/1)…Led the Giants with 11 tackles (7 solo) in the NFC Wild Card Game at Green Bay (1/7).
-    In his first season with the Giants in 2015, Casillas played in 15 games with 7 starts…Started 4 games at weakside linebacker, and 1 apiece on the strong side, in the middle, and as an extra linebacker…Inactive vs. San Francisco (10/11) with a calf injury…Casillas finished 2nd on the team with 80 tackles (62 solo) and contributed 2.0 sacks, 5 tackles for losses, an interception, and 5 passes defensed.
-    Made his Giants debut with 1 tackle at Dallas (9/13)…Registered 7 solo tackles, including an 11-yard sack of Kirk Cousins, vs. Washington (9/24)…Contributed 6 tackles (4 solo) in his first start, at New Orleans (11/1)…Had 7 solo tackles vs. the Jets (12/6)…Started at strongside linebacker and tallied a season-high 10 tackles (7 solo), including a sack of Teddy Bridgewater, at Minnesota (12/27)…Started at middle linebacker and had 7 solo tackles vs. Philadelphia (1/3).    
-    In 2014, Casillas played a total of 13 games with 6 starts for Tampa Bay and New England and totaled 30 tackles (23 solo), 1 forced fumble and 5 special teams tackles…Began the season with the Buccaneers, for whom he played 5 games with 3 starts and had 9 tackles (5 solo)…Started at strongside and had 5 tackles (4 solo) at Atlanta (9/18)…After being traded to the Patriots, he played in 8 games with 3 starts, and played in all 3 of New England’s postseason games…Contributed 21 tackles (18 solo) and 1 forced fumble in the regular season, and 1 solo tackle and 2 special teams tackles in the postseason… Made his Patriots debut on special teams vs. Denver (11/2) and led the team with 3 special teams tackles…Made his first start for New England and tallied 5 tackles (4 solo) and 1 forced fumble at San Diego (12/7)…Started and had a team-high 9 tackles (4 solo) vs. Buffalo (12/28)…Led the Patriots with 24 special team snaps vs. Seattle in Super Bowl XLIX (2/1).
-    In 2013, played in 12 games with 4 starts for Tampa Bay and totaled 25 tackles (13 solo), 2 passes defensed and 1 forced fumble…Finished 2nd on the team with 9 special teams tackles…Placed on injured reserve (12/4) with a knee injury.
-    In 2012, played in 14 games with 1 start in his final season with the Saints…Finished with 26 tackles (18 solo), 1 pass defensed, 2 fumble recoveries and a career-high 10 special teams stops…Had a season-high 6 tackles (2 solo) vs. Philadelphia (11/5).
-    In 2011, played in 13 games with 5 starts and tallied 43 tackles (30 solo), and a career-high 3.0 sacks…Added 2 passes defensed and 6 special teams tackles…Picked up his first career-sack, an 8-yard takedown of Aaron Rodgers, at Green Bay (9/8)…The following week, had a 12-yard sack vs. Chicago (9/18)…Got his 3rd sack, a 5-yarder, vs Indianapolis (10/23)…Had a career-high 11 tackles (5 solo) at Atlanta (11/13)…Totaled 7 tackles (4 solo) vs. the Giants (11/28)…Played in the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at San Francisco (1/14).
-    In 2010, spent the season on injured reserve after injuring his foot in the final preseason game.
-    As a rookie in 2009, played in 11 regular-season games with 2 starts and played in all 3 postseason games, including Super Bowl XLIV…Recorded 16 tackles (8 solo) and 5 special teams stops plus 1 postseason tackle…Made his NFL debut at Buffalo (9/27), where he had 1 special team tackle…Started for the first time vs. Tampa Bay (12/27) and contributed 10 tackles (4 solo).

COLLEGE:
-    Played in 48 games with 36 starts at linebacker at Wisconsin from 2005-08…Totaled 246 tackles, 5 passes defensed, 4 sacks, 4 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries, 2 interceptions, 3 touchdowns and 3 blocked punts…Earned honorable mention All-Big Ten honors his sophomore, junior and senior seasons…As a senior in 2008, played in 10 games, posting 62 tackles, 1.0 sack, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery and 1 interception that he returned for a touchdown…In 2007, recorded a career-high 96 tackles, 2 forced fumbles, 1.0 sack and 1 pass defensed…As a sophomore in 2006, tallied 83 tackles, 4 passes defensed, 2.0 sacks, 1 forced fumble and 1 fumble recovery…Also had 1 interception and 1 blocked punt, both of which he returned for touchdowns…In 2005, blocked 2 punts as a freshman.

OFF-THE-FIELD ACTIVITY:
-    Hosted his annual Jonathan Casillas Forward Progress Football Camp in New Brunswick, N.J...The camp is exclusively for students from the New Brunswick public school system, and includes a half day of life skills followed by a half day of football instruction...Raised awareness for his Forward Progress Camp by wearing custom designed cleats during Week 13 for the league wide initiative “My Cause My Cleats.”...Visited patients at PSEG Children’s Specialized Hospital in New Brunswick, N.J...Attended the Newark Collegiate Academy Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the new turf field thanks in part to LISC and The NFL Foundation Grassroots Program and practiced with the football team, providing them encouragement for their season...Attended Newark Collegiate Academy’s playoff game and surprised the athletes with a pre-game speech...Visited the Community Food Bank of NJ the week of Thanksgiving and helped offload a truck full of turkeys donated by Stop & Shop in advance of the holiday season...Attended the United Way NYC Gridiron Gala, joining teammates and Jets players to help raise over $2 million in support of the United Way’s efforts in New York City...Attended fundraiser for New City Kids, an innovative faith-based youth leadership program that creates 100% high school graduation rates and college attendance through after-school mentoring, academic tutoring, and music programs, which included a performance by the kids...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 Giants annual Jingle Jam holiday party for 600 New Jersey foster children, who each received winter coats, clothes, athletic equipment and enjoyed a night of dancing and many fun activities...Read a popular Dr. Seuss book to students at Golden Door Charter School and Woodrow Wilson Elementary School for Dr. Seuss’ Read Across America Day...Visited Modell’s in Time Square NYC to sign autographs for fans...Attended the 2017 Giants Draft Party, thanking season ticket holders for their support. Played in the Giants Foundation Golf Outing at Westchester Country Club with foundation supporters... Joined teammate Mark Herzlich to support the Joyful Heart Foundation at the Joyful Revolution Gala.

PERSONAL:
-    Attended New Brunswick (N.J.) HS, where he earned first-team All-State and All-County Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2004…Was also an All-County selection in basketball and track…Has one daughter, Jade…Majored in agricultural business management at Wisconsin.
Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
GGSTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
TOTAL 350 237 113 6.5 0 18 1 0 -- 0 0 3 2
2016 NYG 16 15 96 61 35 1.5 -- 8 -- -- -- -- -- 1 --
2015 NYG 15 7 88 67 21 2.0 -- 5 1 0 -- 0 0 0 --
2014 NE 8 3 28 19 9 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 1 --
2014 TB 5 3 9 5 4 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2013 TB 12 4 35 23 12 0.0 -- 2 -- -- -- -- -- 1 --
2012 NO 14 1 31 21 10 0.0 -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 0 2
2011 NO 13 5 43 30 13 3.0 -- 2 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2009 NO 11 2 20 11 9 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --

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