The New York Giants are reportedly expected to re-sign linebacker Nate Stupar as they head into Week 4 depleted at that position.
The New York Giants suffered numerous setbacks at the inside linebacker position on Sunday. In the midst of their 32-31 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccanneers, Alec Ogletree and Tae Davis both left with injuries. Ogletree suffered a hamstring injury, while Davis suffered a concussion. Neither returned and both are question marks for this Sunday’s game against Washington.
Because of this, Big Blue has brought back a familiar face. Per Jordan Raanan of ESPN, the Giants have re-signed veteran linebacker Nate Stupar. The Giants released Stupar just a few days prior to their Sept. 8 Week 1 matchup in Dallas.
The Giants are expected to re-sign LB Nate Stupar, per source. He was released earlier this month. Stupar returns with the Giants short on healthy inside LBs. Alec Ogletree (hamstring) and Tae Davis (concussion) are in doubt for Sunday.
— Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan) September 24, 2019
Stupar doesn’t have the most talent nor has done much for the Giants in the past. Through 16 games last season (one start), Stupar racked up just 14 combined tackles.
He played in all four preseason games for the Giants this past Summer, combining for eight total tackles and one pass defended.
It’s unclear how much playing time Stupar will see on Sunday, nor if he’ll start in place of Ogletree. However, what is clear is that rookie Ryan Connelly will have to lead this group of inside linebackers.
Connelly has had a productive season thus far. Through three games (two starts), the fifth-round pick out of the University of Wisconsin has 15 combined tackles with one tackle-for-loss and one interception.
His lone pick (and the lone pick for the Giants defense as a whole this season) came in the team’s win over Tampa Bay on Sunday.