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Giants’ 90-man roster: DB Kenny Ladler trying to earn roster spot

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Ladler joined Giants near end of 2018 season

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Kenny Ladler with the Bills in 2015.
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At the end of losing seasons, teams are often scrambling to field 53-man rosters. Such was the case for the New York Giants last season, and it’s how safety Kenny Ladler ended up with the team.

Can he prove that he can be more than end of the season roster fill? Let’s look at Ladler as we continue profiling the 90 players the Giants will bring to training camp.

The basics

Height: 6-foot-1
Weight: 200
Age: 26
Position: Free safety
Experience: 2

How he got here

Ladler has had a vagabond experience since joining the Buffalo Bills as an undrafted free agent in 2014.

He began the year on the practice squad, played two games for Buffalo, suffered an arm injury and spent the rest of the season on IR.

Ladler then spent two seasons in the CFL for the Edmonton Eskimos and was a CFL All-Star in 2017.

He returned to the NFL in 2018, signing a reserve/futures contract with the Washington Redskins. He played five games with Washington, got cut, landed on the Giants’ practice squad and ended up active for three games with the Giants at the end of the season. Ladler played only 20 defensive snaps, 16 of them in the season finale.

2019 outlook

It’s hard to see Ladler making the roster — unless injuries clear a path. Jabrill Peppers and Antoine Bethea are the starting safeties, and veteran Michael Thomas is entrenched as the third safety and a critical special teams player. Sean Chandler is the favorite to be the fourth safety, with Kamrin Moore right behind him. If there were an official depth chart at this time, Ladler would likely be behind those five players.