New York Giants: Reviewing and Ranking the 2016 Free Agent Signings 4
Jan 8, 2017; Green Bay, WI, USA; New York Giants linebacker Keenan Robinson before the NFC Wild Card playoff football game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Adam Wesley/Green Bay Press Gazette via USA TODAY Sports

The loses keep piling for the 1-8 New York Giants, even on weekdays.

Linebacker Keenan Robinson becomes the latest to be placed on injured reserve, ending his season. Robinson, 28, is the 18th Giant to go on IR, and the fifth starter, joining receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandon Marshall, center Weston Richburg, and fellow linebacker JT Thomas.

Robinson, in his second year with the Giants, played in six games this season. He missed the opening pair of games against Dallas and Detroit with a concussion, but led the team in tackles upon his return with 10 against Philadelphia in Week 3. He started three games, but Sunday’s most recent loss, a 31-21 defeat in San Francisco. Robinson’s season ends with 32 tackles and a pair of pass deflections. Last season, Robinson was fourth on the team with 83 tackles. He spent four seasons with the Washington Redskins before signing a one-year, $3.5 million deal with the Giants in March 2016. He re-signed with the Giants last spring on another one-year deal worth $3 million.

Robinson’s move was one of many for the reeling Giants, whose ownership recently announced that head coach Ben McAdoo would be with the team through the remainder of the season. Two free agents have been signed to active roster, each potenetially subbing for injured starts. Linebacker Akeem Ayers has been brought in for Robinson, while guard John Greco was likely brought in to compensate for the anticipated loss of guard Justin Pugh. In a Monday conference call, McAdoo said Pugh would likely “sit out a little bit” after reaggravating a back injury in San Francisco.

Ayers, 28, entered the league as a second round pick of the Titans in 2011. He was traded to the New England Patriots in 2014, helping the Pats clinch victory in Super Bowl XLIX. After starting 10 games with the St. Louis Rams in 2015, he played a full season in Indianapolis before failing to make their roster out of camp last season. For his career, the UCLA alum has tallied 320 tackles, including 15.5 sacks, over six seasons.

Greco, another former Ram, was also added. After three seasons in St. Louis, who took him in the third round out of Toledo, Greco was traded to the Browns in July 2011. He spent six seasons with Cleveland, playing in 85 games, 66 of which he started. After likewise departing via final training camp cuts this summer, he was signed by the Saints in October, but did not appear in any games. He was released by New Orleans last week.

In terms of other departures, defensive end Devin Taylor and wide receiver Ed Eagan were waived. Taylor, a former training camp cut, had one tackle in two games with the Giants this season, while Eagan mostly served as the Giants punt returner, picking up 20 yards on a quartet of returns. Kalif Raymond, who was promoted from the practice squad today, will likely take over those duties. Raymond played two games with the Jets this season, before being released on September 26.

Rounding out the moves, tight end Matt LaCosse and tackle Nick Becton were added to the practice squad. LaCosse had been on the active roster before being waived on Saturday, while Becton served on the squad during the 2014 season.

The Giants return to action on Sunday afternoon against the Kansas City Chiefs (1:00 PM, CBS).

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffMags5490

 


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