Chris Peace
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The New York Giants reportedly claim defensive end Chris Peace off of waivers, place rookie linebacker Ryan Connelly on injured reserve.

Bug Blue didn’t receive the greatest news on Monday regarding their starting rookie inside linebacker Ryan Connelly. The New York Giants first-year pro has been diagnosed with a torn ACL and will be out for the rest of the season. Connelly suffered the injury in the midst of the team’s 24-3 win over the Washington Redskins on Sunday.

Thus, New York has placed Connelly on season-ending injured reserve. In addition, the team has claimed defensive end Chris Peace off waivers, per Dan Salomone of the team’s official website.

This waiver claim doesn’t exactly help the depleting inside linebacker issue the Giants are dealing with at the moment. However, it does provide depth, which can’t hurt.

Chris Peace is a first-year pro who spent his college days playing at the University of Virginia. In 44 career games for the Cavaliers from 2015-18, Peace racked up 196 total tackles with 28 tackles-for-loss, 16 sacks, one interception, four passes defended and four forced fumbles.

Peace previously signed as an undrafted free agent with the Los Angeles Chargers. He played in their Week 1 game this season against the Indianapolis Colts before being waived on Sept. 14. Los Angeles then re-signed him on Sept. 17, only to waive him this past Saturday.

The newest Giant will look to get reps in an edge rusher role, therefore working alongside veterans Lorenzo Carter and Markus Golden. The latter leads the team in sacks with 3.5 thus far.

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Ryan Honey is a staff writer and host of the Wide Right Podcast.