Five things you need to know about new Giants linebacker Deone Bucannon:
1. Originally a first-round pick (27th overall) of the Arizona Cardinals in the 2014 NFL Draft, Deone (pronounced “Day-own”) Bucannon has played in 75 regular-season games with 56 starts. His career numbers include 409 tackles (27 for loss), 12 passes defensed, seven sacks, seven forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries and two interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown. He has also played in three postseason games with two starts.
2. Before he joined the Buccaneers this season, Bucannon racked up the vast majority of his stats over the course of five seasons with the Cardinals. James Bettcher, the current defensive coordinator of the Giants, was the outside linebackers coach when Bucannon arrived in 2014. Bettcher spent the next three seasons with him as the team’s defensive coordinator. Tampa Bay released Bucannon on Oct. 9.
3. Bucannon’s most productive season came in 2015, when he recorded 112 tackles, three sacks, three forced fumbles, three passes defensed, and the interception returned for touchdown.
4. He was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week (12/20/15) after posting a team-high 11 tackles and recording his career interception, which he returned 39 yards for a touchdown, against the Philadelphia Eagles. He was also an All-Rookie selection by the Pro Football Writers of America.
5. A native of Fairfield, California, Bucannon started 43 of 49 career games as a defensive back at Washington State (2010-13), totaling 384 tackles, 15 interceptions, 14 passes defensed, seven forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, a sack and a blocked punt. He finished his career ranked fourth in school history in tackles, the most ever by a defensive back, while his 15 interceptions were the third-most in school history. He earned first-team All-American honors and was a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award as a senior (2013), leading the team with 114 tackles, six interceptions, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. His six interceptions led the conference and ranked ninth nationally.
Photos from the career of new Giants linebacker Deone Bucannon.
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