McClain was signed this offseason to help provide depth at linebacker. The team is already without Jon Beason for much of the preseason and potentially the start of the regular season.
Jon Beason thinks he'll be ready for Week 1
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer (7/21/14) Giants linebacker Jon Beason said his goal is to "absolutely" be ready for the team's Week 1 game at Detroit after breaking a bone in his foot in mid-June.
His foot isn't in a cast or boot anymore, according to the New York Daily News. The expectation is that Beason will spend much of training camp on the PUP list.
Jon Beason out 12 weeks
by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer (6/13/14) Giants linebacker Jon Beason, who was carted off the field during practice Thursday with an injured right foot, is now headed for surgery, reports NFL.com.
The report says Beason suffered a sesamoid fracture in his right foot, per a source aware of the diagnosis. He's expected to miss 12 weeks, which puts Beason out for most of training camp and threatens his availability for Week 1.
Rookie Devon Kennard would handle middle linebacker duties if Beason is out for any regular season action.
Mathias Kiwanuka takes paycut with Giants
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (3/17/14) The Giants restructured defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka's contract to create approximately $2 million worth of cap space on Monday, according to the USA Today.
Kiwanuka had 45 tackles, six sacks and two forced fumbles last season with the Giants.
Jameel McClain set to join the Giants
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (3/14/14) Free agent linebacker Jameel McClain has reached an agreement to join the Giants Thursday, according to NFL.com, though terms of the deal are not yet known.
McClain is coming off a pair of disappointing seasons, as he played in just 13 games in 2012 and 10 in 2013 after not missing a game in the first four seasons of his career. He finished 2013 with 52 tackles and one forced fumble for the Ravens.
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The Giants DST used to be a standout Fantasy option, but they aren't even a No. 1 unit coming into this season. The Giants DST were No. 16 in Fantasy points in 2013 with 34 sacks, 17 interceptions, 12 fumble recoveries and three touchdowns. Getting Jason Pierre-Paul back at 100 percent will help after he battled through a shoulder injury last year, and having Jon Beason for a full season is also a benefit. The Giants also improved their secondary with the addition of Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, which should make it tough on opposing quarterbacks with Prince Amukamara on the opposite side, but the key for this Giants defense is their pass rush. If Pierre-Paul is healthy then this unit can shine. Still, go into the season with the Giants DST as a No. 2 Fantasy option, and if they start off the season playing well add them off waivers.