Linebacker Etienne Sabino came to the New York Giants as an undrafted free agents after starting the past two seasons for Ohio State. Let's look at Sabino as we continue our player-by-player breakdown of the 90-man roster the Giants will bring to training camp later this month.
2012 Season In Review
Sabino played only eight games in 2012 due to a broken fibular. He recorded 45 tackles, 3.5 for loss, two sacks, an interception and a forced fumble. In 2011, Sabino had 62 tackles, 6.5 for loss, and two sacks.
Can Sabino make it with the linebacker-needy Giants? Here is what SB Nation's Ohio State web site, Land Grant Holy Land, said about Sabino in announcing his signing with New York:
Sabino has the physical capability to be a solid NFL player. He is well-built at 6'2, 247 pounds, and is endowed with the athleticism to be used in a variety of roles, from rushing the passer to holding the edge. His speed and hustle are excellent.
Sabino does not appear to have very good natural instincts, however, and could have trouble getting on the field in any capacity but special teams as a result. Despite his potential, Sabino had a rather underwhelming career with the Buckeyes.
Land Grant Holy Land referred to the Giants' linebacking unit as "fairly crackable," which is true. The Giants have been searching under every rock for linebackers the past couple of of seasons, and if Sabino shows enough during training camp and preseason you have to believe there is a chance he at least makes the practice squad.