EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The Giants today added depth, experience and a former first-round draft choice to their defense when they signed linebacker Jarrad Davis off the Detroit Lions' practice squad.
In a corresponding move, guard Shane Lemieux was placed on injured reserve.
Davis, 6-1 and 245 pounds, has spent five of his six NFL seasons with the Lions. He played for the Jets in 2021.
Davis, who turned 28 last month, has played in 67 regular-season games with 50 starts. His career totals include 327 tackles (217 solo), 10.5 sacks, 23 quarterback hits, seven forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, 10 passes defensed and one interception. Davis also has six special teams tackles (three solo).
He could make his Giants debut Sunday at home against the Indianapolis Colts.
This year, Davis was released at the end of training camp and signed two days later to Detroit's practice squad. He was elevated to the roster and played in three games, all Lions victories – Nov. 13 at Chicago, Dec. 11 vs. Minnesota, and Dec. 18 in MetLife Stadium against the Jets. He had three tackles (one solo) and one pass defensed.
Davis' most productive season was in 2018 when he started all 16 games and was credited with a career-high totals of 100 tackles (73 solo) and 6.0 sacks.
Davis was the 21st overall selection in the 2017 NFL Draft. He played four seasons at the University of Florida, where he had 205 tackles and 5.5 sacks in 44 games.
Lemieux played just one game this season for the second consecutive year. He suffered a toe injury in training camp and was placed on injured reserve on Aug. 31. Lemieux returned to practice on Nov. 7 and started at left guard in the Giants' game vs. Detroit on Nov. 20. But he lasted just 39 snaps before he was replaced by rookie Joshua Ezeudu, who is now on injured reserve with a neck injury.
Lemieux joined the Giants as a fifth-round draft choice in 2020. As a rookie, he played in 12 games with starts in each of the last nine games at left guard. In 2021, Lemieux started the season-opener vs. Denver, but left the game with a knee injury and spent the rest of the season on injured reserve.
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