The New York Giants find themselves short-handed at linebacker after injuries to veterans Mark Herzlich and Keenan Robinson and the recent return of J.T. Thomas.
That might be why, according to Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the team is working out Michael Scherer, an undrafted free agent linebacker out of Missouri.
After Friday workout w/Bears, former MIzzou LB Michael Scherer has tryout scheduled w/Giants today.— Jim Thomas (@jthom1) August 21, 2017
Scherer played in four seasons for Mizzou, playing in spots his freshman year before securing a starting job his sophomore season. The 6 foot, 230 pound Scherer was productive as an inside linebacker for the Tigers, racking up 207 tackles, 12.5 tackles for a loss, half a sack, four passes defensed, a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries in his sophomore and junior seasons.
His senior season was cut short after by a torn ACL and MCL. In seven games that season he totaled 53 tackles, 3.5 tackles for a loss, half a sack, and an interception.
Scherer worked out for the Chicago Bears on Friday but left without a contract. The Giants might be checking in on an intriguing player who was unable to participate in the off-season process, but given the dings to their linebacking corps, there might be genuine interest there as well.