Giants add safety help, sign Duke Ihenacho

Injuries have taken a big chunk of Ihenacho's career, but he's been a versatile safety when he's been on the field.

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Giants add safety help, sign Duke Ihenacho

  • On Wednesday, the New York Giants reportedly signed former Washington and Denver safety Duke Ihenacho. He missed almost all of the 2014 and 2015 seasons due to injury – playing just 13 total snaps combined in those seasons.
  • Ihenacho played his second-most career snaps (638) in 2016. He ranked eighth of 87 safeties in run stop percentage (8.6).
  • In coverage, Ihenacho allowed 0.36 yards per cover snap, good for 22nd of 92 qualifying safeties.
  • His main issue was tackling, where he missed 15 total tackles giving him a tackling efficiency of just 4.9 – 98th of 108 safeties. This significantly hurt his overall grade (62.7).
  • Contrary to popular belief, this “strong safety” actually played 58.6 percent of his snaps at free safety last season. Ihenacho has played more deep safety than in the box in his career although he does have experience with both. It’s likely he’ll compete with strong safeties Darian Thompson and Andrew Adams with the versatility to provide depth to Landon Collins if he makes the team.

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Ryan Smith has been an analyst for Pro Football Focus since 2015. He is featured on the weekly ACC podcast, and is also the Philadelphia Eagles Media Correspondent for PFF.

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