One of the New York Giants hopefuls for the upcoming season is rookie linebacker, Devon Kennard. The fifth round draft pick for 2014 and USC graduate has already shown the coaches his skills during minicamp. He was signed to the Giants officially on Monday May 19.
Linebackers' coach, Jim Herrmann, seems to be impressed with what he saw in Kennard.
"He's played all over so he's got multiple talents and he's a smart guy so its not anything new for him. And he gives us a lot of flexibility," Herrmann said.
Kennard's flexibility on their field seems to be the biggest asset he's bringing to the team according to Herrmann.
"The flexibility helps us," Big Blue's linebacker's coach admitted. "As you go into the season there are 46 guys out there, normally the linebackers get maybe five guys so somebody has to know dual roles and we've always had guys that could do that. He'll give us that ability".
The redshirt athlete ended his true freshmen year in 2009 as a strongside linebacker with 34 tackles, including two for loses, three deflections, one fumble recovery, one forced fumble and started in five games and played in 12.
In 2010, he started as a third position, middle linebacker and played in all 13 games. During 2011 he was switched back to defensive end and started in five games, while playing in 12. He also got 29 tackles with four for losses.
His final year playing for USC, he started in every game as an outside linebacker and ended the season with 60 tackles and a team high of 13.5 tackles for loss. Kennard also made nine sacks, ten quarterback hits, made the All-Pac-12 Defensive Team and named a Lott Trophy Finalist.
Kennard's versatility is what makes him the most appealing to the Giants. He played in four positions alone during his short time with USC. As the 2014 season begins and progresses, the Giants will play Kennard in the best position that fits for the multitalented player.
When training camp starts up, it will be interesting to see if the Kennard will be able to maintain some consistency since minicamp. He has already proven himself as flexible but if he's not consistent, his flexibility won't be as helpful on the field.