Attempting to shore up their linebacker corps, the New York Giants worked out undrafted free agent Myke Tavarres for the second time Monday according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Caplan.
Tavarres first made news when he was in Eagles camp in August and supported Colin Kaepernick’s protest, refusing to standup for the National Anthem. After initially sitting during the Star-Spangled Banner, he did apologize for being a distraction and released a statement basically saying he now believes sitting during the National Anthem is not the best way to begin the conversation about race issues.
Shortly before the start of the regular season, the Eagles cut him.
Tavarres joined Eagles camp after going undrafted in last spring’s draft. In college, Tavarres registered 110 total tackles, including 22.5 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks in 2015 at the University of Incarnate Word, which is in the Southland Conference.
The NFL draft analysis of Tavarres states he has good footwork, above average quickness and a good motor, but he lacks the strength to play an edge spot.
He also isn’t fast enough in most scout’s minds to be a 3-4 outside linebacker, but the Giants play the 4-3, so he could be a better fit in New York.
His easiest way to an NFL job would actually be a pass rusher specialist, which is probably the reason the Giants have worked him out. New York is second-to-last in sacks this season, as they have only nine this year.
It’s been another disappointing year for the Giants, but they are still in great position to grab a NFC Wild Card spot with a strong second half.