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5 things to know about Isaiah Simmons


The Giants made a trade Thursday morning, acquiring Isaiah Simmons from the Arizona Cardinals for a 2024 seventh-round draft pick.

Here are five things to know about the newest Giant:

1. The eighth overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals, Simmons has played 50 regular-season games with 37 starts, as well as one postseason game. He has not missed a game in his three NFL seasons.

2. His career numbers include 258 total tackles (181 solo), 7.5 sacks, 13 tackles for loss, 11 quarterback hits, seven forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, four interceptions, 16 passes defensed and one defensive touchdown.

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3. Simmons, 6-foot-4 and 238 pounds, was named to the PFWA All-Rookie Team in 2020 after he registered two sacks, one interception, one forced fumble and 54 solo tackles across 16 games (seven starts).

The 25-year-old then picked up 105 total tackles (70 solo), four forced fumbles, seven passes defensed and an interception in 2021. Last year, Simmons recorded a career-high four sacks and two interceptions and broke up another seven passes.

4. Simmons played in 44 games (29 starts) across three seasons at Clemson from 2017-19 and totaled 253 tackles, 28.5 tackles for loss, 10.5 sacks, four interceptions (including one returned for a touchdown), 22 pass breakups, five forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. After playing safety in 2017, he transitioned to the starting nickel/sam linebacker position in 2018, when he was a part of Clemson's National Championship team. He was credited with a team-high 97 tackles that season, including nine in the championship game against Alabama.

He picked up several accolades and awards for his performance during the 2019 season, including the Butkus Award, presented annually to the nation's top linebacker. He was the first player in Clemson history to win this award. Simmons was also named ACC Defensive Player of the Year, First-Team All-ACC and Unanimous All-American. Simmons earned a degree in Sports Communications from Clemson in December of 2019 on the same day he was named Unanimous All-American.

5. Simmons attended Olathe North High School (Kansas), where he earned First-Team All-State honors as a senior in 2015 as both a defensive back and a wide receiver, despite it being his first year playing on the offensive side of the ball. In addition to football, Simmons was also a star track performer. He was a state champion in the long jump in 2014 and 2015.


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