LB - FA
The Giants have signed free agent linebacker Austin Calitro.
Austin Calitro joins a Giants' linebacking core that is set to be led by Blake Martinez and Tae Crowder. Calitro has bounced around the league since entering it in 2018, spending time with the Seahawks, Jaguars, Broncos, and most recently the Bengals. The fifth year pro will face an uphill battle to make the 53-man roster, competing with rookies Micah McFadden and Darrian Beavers, along with veteran Carter Coughlin to fill out the back half of the LB depth chart.
The Bengals had first priority on waiver claims and used it to pick up the athletic linebacker, Austin Calitro.
Calitro has only been in the league since 2017 but will suit up for his sixth team in 2020. After signing with the Jets as an undrafted free agent, a few practice squad stints, and a full 2018 season for the Seahawks, Calitro had a breakout 2019 season where he started the final four games for the Jaguars and recorded 32 tackles and one sack over that span. While he's still a pretty raw player, his athleticism has been noted by a lot of scouts and he may work his way into the starting lineup by Week 1 if he's able to wrangle the duties away from Logan Wilson.
Austin Calitro came out of nowhere on Sunday in a 20-16 win over the Raiders, posting eight solo tackles, three assisted tackles, one TFL, one sack, and one QB hit.
Calitro's unexpected outing came in part because of Jacksonville's shallow depth, but his day produced season-bests in categories such as snaps, tackles, and sacks. However, he is too much of an unknown to be trusted for what will be the start of championships for many fantasy players.
Seahawks' LB Austin Calitro recorded six solo tackles and two assisted tackles in their Week 2 matchup against the Chicago Bears.
Calitro didn't look great, and frequently took bad angles on run plays. He was faked out and followed the run when it was already well-covered to allow Bears' QB Mitch Trubisky's read-option shovel pass TD to Bears' TE Trey Burton early in the game. The Seahawks are hoping Bobby Wagner returns soon.