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Giants roster moves: Pro-Bowl LB Benardrick McKinney reportedly signed to practice squad

LB depth an issue since Blake Martinez tore ACL

Miami Dolphins Training Camp Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images

The New York Giants are reportedly signing former Pro-Bowl linebacker Benardrick McKinney to their practice squad, continuing to look for production at the position to replace Blake Martinez.

A second-round pick in the 2015 Draft by the Houston Texans, McKinney started 77 games and logged 11.5 sacks in six years with Houston. He recorded over 100 tackles in three different seasons, including when he was named to the Pro Bowl in 2018.

McKinney missed most of the 2020 season with a shoulder injury and was traded to the Miami Dolphins in March. The Dolphins released McKinney in August, something head coach Brian Flores called a “tough decision” that he “went back and forth on.”

The Giants have been in need of linebackers since Blake Martinez suffered a torn ACL in Week 3. They have mostly been relying on second-year player Tae Crowder since then, but McKinney comes closer to matching Martinez’s experience.