Devon Kennard, a graduate from the University of Southern California, has been working hard to prove his spot with the New York Giants team. The rookie was signed to the Giant's roster as a linebacker on May 19th of this year.
In a recent interview, Kennard was stated saying that things definitely have slowed down for him since being signed. However, he still is motivated to constantly improve his skills and help the team.
"I go home and I'm studying for hours so I get there and I get those live reps and it's getting easier and slowing down for me," noted Kennard. "I'm making more and more plays and making more of an impact and that's all I'm trying to do – play my part and show that I can help the team."
Kennard isn't just spending hours in the playbook, but also has relied on the help from veteran players to teach him and give him the edge he needs.
"All those guys with experience are kind of bringing me and showing me the ropes and showing me the tapes," Kennard said, "I watch film on them a lot just to see how they do things, the little things, the vet tricks that they have that I try to implement on myself".
The 6-foot-3, 250-pound rookie, said the best vet trick that he has learned so far he says is to show different things on the field and trick the offense.
During his time at USC, Kennard started in all thirteen games of his senior year as outside linebacker and gained the team 60 tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss, nine sacks, and ten QB hits. He was fifth round, No. 174 overall pick during the 2014 NFL Draft. In May 2014 he was signed by the Giants and put on the active roster.