Defensive end Brad Bars might be considered an unlikely NFL player. Sure, he played collegiately for Penn State, which has produced many great NFL players. Bars, though, missed the 2013 season with an Achilles tendon injury and saw only limited duty on defense and special teams with the Nittany Lions in 2014.
Still, he got an opportunity with the Giants last season and is still around. Let's take a closer look as we continue profiling the players who will comprise the 90-man roster the Giants bring to training camp later this summer.
2015 Season in Review
An undrafted free agent, Bars spent most of the 2015 season on the Giants' practice squad. He was activated for the final two games of the season, appearing exclusively on special teams. He was credited with two tackles.
2016 Season Outlook
Bars is listed by the Giants at 6-foot-3, 251 pounds. He showed during 2015 training camp and preseason, though, that he can be a high-energy player.
Figure that Olivier Vernon, Jason Pierre-Paul and Owamagbe Odighizuwa are the first three defensive ends, and that Kerry Wynn is probably the fourth rotational defensive end. Bars figures to compete with Stansley Maponga and undrafted players like Ishaq Williams, Mike Rose and Romeo Okwara in an effort to prove that one of them deserves to be the Giants' fifth defensive end.