Clint Sintim was supposed to provide big time edge rushing for the New York Giants. He was a 3-4 outside linebacker at the University of Virginia and was supposed to be a pass rushing linebacker/defensive end for the Giants, much in the same vein as Matthias Kiwanuka. Two torn ACL’s later, his career is very much in doubt.
Sintim has only started one game in his career, and has recorded just one sack. With all the depth the Giants have now at linebacker, there is some question as to whether or not he’s going to make the team. He won’t crack the starting lineup unless there are injuries. Jacquian Williams and Marc Herzlich are ahead of him on the depth chart as backups. Greg Jones can play in the middle which Sintim can’t. It seems like he doesn’t have a clear fit on the the roster.
As the Giants have shown for years, you can never have enough pass rushers. The thing that Sintim has going for him is that skill. After two ACL surgeries, you have to wonder whether some of that ability has left him. Sintim led all NCAA linebackers in sacks with 11 in his senior year and that ability led Jerry Reese to drafting him with a second round pick.
For all the reasons above, this training camp is very important for Sintim’s career. He’s gone from second round pick, to basically on the bubble as to whether or not he’s going to make the roster. If he shows some ability,but gets caught in a numbers crunch, he could catch on with another squad. Training camp should be interesting for him and he’s someone to keep an eye on.