Ex-Pro Bowl Linebacker Joins Giants’ Active Roster


Ex-Pro Bowl linebacker joins the Giants’ active roster.

The New York Giants made an unavoidable roster change on Wednesday, November 17.

Benardrick McKinney, a linebacker, has been added to the active roster, the team announced.

LB Benardrick McKinney has been added to the active roster, while RB Jonathan Williams has been added to the practice squad.

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November 17, 2021, — New York Giants (@Giants)

After losing All-Pro middle linebacker Blake Martinez to a torn ACL in Week 3, the Giants signed McKinney on October 19 as a veteran depth piece ahead of their Week 7 game against the Carolina Panthers.

McKinney has been promoted to the active roster each week since joining the Giants’ practice squad.

McKinney has only played a few defensive snaps in his three games with the Giants, but when he has, he has proven to be a valuable addition.

McKinney, who splits time at inside linebacker with Tae Crowder and Reggie Ragland, has nine tackles in nine games for the Giants.

The Giants decided it was time to sign McKinney to the 53-man roster after he reached his limit of practice squad call-ups.

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Pedigree in the Pro Bowl

McKinney was released by the Miami Dolphins at the end of training camp on August 31 before being picked up by the Giants.

Despite being a Pro Bowler in 2018 and a Second-Team All-Pro in 2016, McKinney was traded to the Miami Dolphins in the offseason after suffering a season-ending shoulder injury last year.

In exchange for McKinney, the Texans got pass rusher Shaq Lawson and a sixth-round pick in 2021.

The soon-to-be 29-year-old was selected in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft by Houston.

In total, I scored 43 points.

Prior to his Pro Bowl season in 2018, Houston signed McKinney to a five-year, $50 million contract extension.

The Texans felt he was expendable after his shoulder injury in 2020, so he was traded to the Dolphins.

With eight games remaining, he’ll look to expand his role on the Giants’ defense in the second half of the season as the team tries to make a run at a Wild Card spot.

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