The highest linebacker Jerry Reese has ever drafted with the Giants has yet to make a true impact on defense. That would be Clint Sintim, the second-rounder in the 2009 draft who came into last year’s training camp penciled in as the starting outside linebacker but wound up erased before the season started.
Reese said that he still has hopes and expectations of Sintim.
“I think he can do all of that,” Reese said of previous comments he’d made about Sintim’s potential, “but I think it’s about growing up for him. He needs to grow up and play like the second-round player we think he is and give us that value and step in there and show us he can be a starter for us and play quality football for us.
“We picked him in the second round so we expect him to be an impact player for us and right now he hasn’t been able to do that. He flashed a little bit as a rookie but last year he didn’t get to play a lot because he was injured. So we’re hoping he can come back from his injury and look like a second-round pick.”
Sintim wasn’t injured until late in the season. By that time he had become a steady but not spectacular special teams player for the Giants. He hardly played at all on defense before the knee injury.
As for the other second-round pick in that 2009 draft -- Will Beatty -- Reese had nothing but good things to say about him.
"He did a fine job when he was in there," Reese said. "We expect him to continue. I hope he’s working out wherever he is. We expect him to challenge."