B.J. Goodson
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The New York Giants have traded veteran linebacker B.J. Goodson, who they drafted in 2016, to the Green Bay Packers.

As the NFL season kicks off this week, the New York Giants are finishing their roster crunch ahead of their Sunday opener.

After waiving veteran linebacker B.J. Goodson, Big Blue dealt him in a trade to the Green Bay Packers on Monday, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. New York drafted Goodson in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft out of Clemson.

Goodson played in 15 games last year, starting in 13 of them. He finished the season with 61 combined tackles with four tackles for loss, three quarterback hits, .5 sacks, two interceptions, and four passes defended.

The veteran totaled 116 tackles and two interceptions in his three seasons with New York.

This preseason, Goodson was demoted to the third-team defense, being passed on the depth chart by second-year linebacker Tae Davis. Goodson didn’t see as many first-team reps as Davis nor rookie inside linebacker Ryan Connelly.

To complete the 53-man roster, the Giants signed former Carolina Panthers linebacker David Mayo, who was waived by the San Francisco 49ers on Saturday. Mayo thus reunites with general manager Dave Gettleman, who drafted him in 2015.

Additionally, the Giants completed their practice squad with defensive back Corn Elder and wide receiver David Sills V.

The Giants wrapped up their preseason schedule with a 31-29 victory over the New England Patriots last Thursday. They begin their regular-season slate with a visit to Dallas to take on the Cowboys this Sunday, Sept. 8 at 4:25 p.m. ET.

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