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5 things to know about LB Kyler Fackrell

Five things to know about new Giants linebacker Kyler Fackrell:

1. Originally selected by Green Bay in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft, Fackrell (pronounced FACK-rull) has played in 61 regular-season games with nine starts and recorded 111 tackles, 16.5 sacks, 32 quarterback hits, 20 tackles for loss, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. He also played in five postseason contests with the Packers and sacked San Francisco's Jimmy Garoppolo in the NFC Championship Game this past January.

2. The 6-foot-5, 245-pound Fackrell set career highs in starts (seven), sacks (team-best 10.5), tackles (52) and solo tackles (37) in 2018 while playing in all 16 games. He also tied for the team lead with 13 tackles for a loss. He was one of only three players in the league (Steelers LB T.J. Watt, Rams DT Aaron Donald) to have two three-sack games during the 2018 season.

3. Fackrell, 28, and fellow free-agent addition Blake Martinez worked with new defensive coordinator Patrick Graham when he was Green Bay's inside linebackers coach and defensive run game coordinator in 2018.

4. In 2017, Fackrell played in 16 games with two starts and posted 34 tackles (23 solo), six tackles for a loss, three sacks, one fumble recovery and three special teams tackles. As a rookie in 2016, he played in 13 games and had nine solo tackles, including two sacks, and was second on the team with nine special teams tackles.

5. Fackrell started all 41 games he played at Utah State and registered 253 tackles (104 solo), 36 tackles for loss, 12 sacks, four interceptions (including one for a TD), eight passes defensed, five forced fumbles and seven fumble recoveries. He became one of just 15 players in school history to earn first-team or second-team all-conference recognition three times during his career (2012-13, 2015). He entered Utah State as a walk-on in 2011 before a scholarship opened up in the fall. He then earned his degree in business administration in the fall of 2015. As a senior, Fackrell ranked first in the nation with five fumble recoveries

Born in Mesa, Ariz., he earned 5A-I all-region honors on both offense and defense as a senior in 2009 at Mesa High School, seeing action at LB, QB and WR as he led the Jackrabbits to their first 5A state championship appearance in 17 years. He painted houses in the year between graduating high school and enrolling at Utah State in 2011, and worked as an umpire for Little League baseball games during a summer in college.

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