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Giants’ 90-man roster: Special teams is Nate Stupar’s ticket to roster spot

Can veteran hold off several young challengers?

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Nate Stupar
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The acquisition of Nathan Stupar at the beginning of the 2018 season was one of many moves the New York Giants made aimed at trying to improve the Giants’ special teams performance.

Can Stupar earn a second season with the Giants? Let’s look at that as we continue our player-by-player profiles of the 90-man roster the Giants will bring to training camp.

The basics

Height: 6-foot-2
Weight: 240
Age: 31
Position: Linebacker
Experience: 7

How he got here

A journeyman linebacker/special teams player, Stupar was signed by the Giants after being let go by the New Orleans Saints at the end of the preseason. Stupar has played for the Philadelphia Eagles, Jacksonville Jaguars, San Francisco 49ers, Atlanta Falcons and Saints.

With the Giants a second ago he was second on the team to Michael Thomas in special teams snaps (336) and tackles (7).

2019 outlook

The Giants have a number of young linebackers bidding for rosters spots, including Ryan Connelly, Tae Davis, Mark McLaurin and Joseph Tauaefa. If Stupar is to hold them off it will be because of his acumen on coverage teams, not his ability as a linebacker.