In case you haven’t heard, the New York Giants have just recently placed Brandon Jacobs on IR due to injuries that hampered his ability on the field, and there just wasn’t enough time left in the season for him to recover to play another game in 2013. So due to that move, the Giants decided to sign Marcus Dowtin from the practice squad to take his place on the roster.
Now, a lot of you are probably wondering who this guy is. Well, you may be surprised to hear that Dowtin is a former linebacker for the University of Georgia. In his three years of SEC play, he recorded 119 tackles, one interception and 3.5 sacks. However, due to a charge of second degree assault with involvement in an altercation at a Maryland bar on May 29, 2010, the University decided to hand Dowtin an unconditional release from the team and school.
He later attended the University of North Alabama, and had a successful season as a Lion during his senior year.
After his time at UNA, Dowtin declared for the 2012 NFL Draft, but to his surprise, was undrafted. Soon thereafter, the New York Jets signed the linebacker, but later cut him before the final roster cuts in August of that same year. The Jets ended up re-signing Dowtin to the practice squad, and soon thereafter was promoted to the active roster on Oct. 17, 2012, right after the team released John Conner (the current Giants’ fullback) with an injury settlement.
His stay in New York was short-lived, however, as Dowtin was fined $15,750 for an unnecessary roughness penalty against Miami Dolphins quarterback Matt Moore on Nov. 2 of that very season, and was then released a couple weeks afterward.
On Nov. 13, 2013, the Giants decided to take a shot on Dowtin for their practice squad, as the current linebackers on the roster hadn’t been producing as well as hoped.
Now on Dec. 10, 2013, Giants fans hope that Dowtin can help bolster the defense in the last few weeks of the season. This team certainly have nothing to lose.