Takk McKinley doesn’t make sense for the Giants
The Atlanta Falcons announced on Monday that they’ve waived former first round pick, defensive end Takkarist McKinley.
McKinley was playing out the final year of his rookie deal and aired his frustration with the organization not deciding to trade him prior to last week’s deadline so they clearly felt like releasing him was the best move.
With only 17.5 sacks since McKinleywas taken with the 25th overall pick in 2017 out of UCLA, he never lived up to the hype and it only made sense to move on from him with the fact that he was so unhappy, which I’m sure negatively affected the Falcons’ locker room.
McKinley may not have a lot of sacks, but he knows how to put pressure on opposing quarterbacks.
So should the Giants put in a claim for McKinley?
A part of me says sure because it’s not like the Giants have a bunch of all-pros on defense. Then on the flip side it would limit the snaps that both Cam Brown and Carter Coughlin have been getting. Not to mention that Oshane Ximines will be back soon.
If the Giants do put in a claim for Takk and are awarded his rights, they likely wouldn’t be able to get him on the field until week 11 with the bye week coming up and him having to go through the NFL’s COVID-19 protocols. That means that he would only be on their team for six weeks unless they re-sign him this offseason.
Ultimately with McKinley not being a proven player, I don’t believing putting a claim for him would be worth it for New York.