Spencer Paysinger of the Giants tackles San Francisco running back Kendall Hunter during the NFC Championship Game. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
Outside linebacker Spencer Paysinger surprisingly made the New York Giants roster in 2011 as an undrafted free agent from Oregon. Paysinger has his work cut out for him in 2012 to keep that roster spot.
Paysinger tied for fourth on the team last season with eight special teams tackles. He played only 50 defensive snaps the entire regular season, however, registering five tackles.
Paysinger faces tough competition in a linebacking corps even more crowded than it was last season. There are currently 11 linebackers on the Giants roster, including three veteran players who were not part of the team when Paysinger made the 53-man roster a season ago. Chase Blackburn returns. Keith Rivers was acquired from Cincinnati via trade. Clint Sintim is back for one more try after a pair of knee injuries.
Paysinger is most likely a weak side, or WILL, linebacker. Unfortunately for him, both Michael Boley and Jacquian Williams are ahead of him at that spot. Rivers has also been a WILL. On the other side the Giants have Mathias Kiwanuka, Sintim and could move Mark Herzlich or even Greg Jones to the strong side, or SAM.
Paysinger is a good player with coverage skills as a linebacker and the ability to help on coverage teams. Will that be enough to get him a spot on the 2012 53-man roster? Only time will tell, but right now the numbers don't look good for him.