The New York Giants have reunited with special teams ace Nate Ebner.
Ebner, who was a team captain in his first season with the Giants in 2020, signed today as the Giants ramp up preparations for Sunday's season opener against the Denver Broncos. Ebner was a free agent after trying out for one of the 12 spots on the United States National Rugby Team that competed in the Tokyo Olympics this summer. Ebner participated in the Games in Rio in 2016.
When Ebner was an Olympian five years ago, he played for the New England Patriots. Giants head coach Joe Judge was the team's special teams coordinator at the time and supported Ebner's Olympic pursuit again this time around.
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"That's an experience I've been through with him before," Judge said in May. "Actually, he returned from the Olympics in 2016 and had a tremendous year for us. So, I've gone through this before with him. I understand exactly how his training applies, rugby and can lead into football, and look, honestly it was one of his most productive years ever.
"He's a guy that's very locked in and focused. He was a captain last year and is a great team leader. This team, what he's helping build is very important for him and while I don't speak for anyone else, I don't mind echoing that for Nate because I know I can speak very directly and honestly. But look, he's a very important part of this team and we look forward to getting him back."
Ebner has played in 143 NFL games, including 16 in the postseason. A special teams standout since entering the NFL in 2012, Ebner played on the Patriots teams that defeated Seattle in Super Bowl XLIX, Atlanta in Super Bowl LI, and the Rams in Super Bowl LIII. He was on injured reserve when New England lost to Philadelphia in Super Bowl LII. Ebner joined the Giants as a free agent last year. He participated in a team-high 328 special teams snaps and tied for second with six special teams tackles.