New York Giants MLB Alec Ogletree ruled out with hamstring injury

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The New York Giants defense will have a vastly different look when it takes the field on Sunday against the Washington Redskins.

Starting middle linebacker and defensive captain Alec Ogletree was ruled out Friday because of a hamstring injury. This comes on the heels of the Giants trading defensive tackle Damon Harrison to the Detroit Lions and cornerback Eli Apple to the New Orleans Saints earlier this week.

It leaves the 18th-ranked defense with three new starters Sunday for their NFC East matchup with the first-place Redskins. Tae Davis is likely to replace Ogletree in the starting lineup to play alongside B.J. Goodson, who will have the headset in his helmet and be charged with getting the Giants lined up correctly. Nate Stupar is also expected to receive some playing time at inside linebacker in what coach Pat Shurmur called a “job share.”

Goodson’s role will expand. He’s played 42 percent of the defensive snaps this season. Ogletree has been on the field for 437 of 438 plays.

“B.J. will be in there much more than he has been,” Shurmur said. “He’s done it before, so we’re confident that he’s going to do a good job.”

Davis is an undrafted rookie out of Tennessee-Chattanooga. He’s not the only undrafted rookie who will see more playing time as a result of the recent trades. Rookie defensive backs Grant Haley and Sean Chandler will see time in the slot with veteran B.W. Webb as the starting cornerback on the outside in place of Apple.

Second-year defensive lineman Dalvin Tomlinson slides into the starting nose tackle role left vacant by the trade of Harrison. Kerry Wynn, Josh Mauro and Mario Edwards will see increased playing time at defensive end with Tomlinson making the change.

Ogletree injured his hamstring in Monday night’s 20-12 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. He didn’t practice at all this week.

The veteran middle linebacker started all seven games for the Giants this season. He’s second on the team with 48 total tackles. He’s tied for second on the team with three tackles for a loss.

Harrison led the Giants with four tackles for a loss.

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Scheme fits, cap space and the Rams’ departure from Alec Ogletree – Los Angeles Rams Blog

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Rams had already made enough trades that the general public had basically become desensitized to their offseason movement. But this latest one sent shock waves through the industry.

Trumaine Johnson was almost at a loss for words.

Todd Gurley seemed angry.

Rodger Saffold expressed dismay.

Alec Ogletree, a lynchpin in the Rams’ locker room, was dealt to the New York Giants on Wednesday, less than five months after signing a four-year, $42 million extension. The return was draft picks — a fourth- and a sixth-round pick in 2018, with next year’s seventh-rounder going to the Giants — and more salary cap space, which harkens back to the trade that sent outside linebacker Robert Quinn to the Miami Dolphins only five days earlier.

Ogletree, like Quinn, wasn’t an ideal fit in Wade Phillips’ 3-4 scheme, which is why Ogletree, like Quinn, was deemed better off somewhere else, giving the Rams additional salary-cap flexibility and draft capital they can use elsewhere. The Rams are now approaching $50 million in salary cap space — $3 million more will come off the books when they inevitably part ways with Tavon Austin — and have accumulated 10 picks for the upcoming draft.

The extra money can go toward retaining their own free agents — namely, wide receiver Sammy Watkins and cornerback Trumaine Johnson, whom they have expressed interest in bringing back — and aligning the defense to Phillips’ vision. But the Ogletree trade can be boiled down to two essential, albeit vastly different, factors.

  1. The Rams need to limit the amount of players who make significant money because of what is coming. Aaron Donald is awaiting an extension that would make him the game’s highest-paid defensive player, preferably by a wide margin. But Todd Gurley is only one year behind him, and Jared Goff is only one year behind him. Soon, those three could absorb up to a third of their salary cap space. The Rams must plan accordingly.

  2. They’re not satisfied with their defense, particularly their run defense. The Rams gave up the 12th-fewest points and generated the fifth-most turnovers, but they gave up the fifth-most rushing yards. And a lot of their struggles could be traced to players who weren’t scheme fits, Quinn and Ogletree among them. They’re trying to get the defense on par with the offense. It sounds crazy given the recent history of this franchise, but it’s the new reality.

The Ogletree trade means it’s a good chance that inside linebacker Mark Barron, a potential cap casualty, will stay. The Rams have promising young players who are next in line. Cory Littleton can replace Ogletree, Matt Longacre can replace Quinn and Samson Ebukam, last year’s fourth-round pick, can replace Connor Barwin, who is slated to become an unrestricted free agent. Phillips has a history of making unheralded linebackers rich, including former sixth-round pick Danny Trevathan.

But the Rams still need serious linebacker help from the outside, not to mention potential replacements at nose tackle, center and slot corner.

Ogletree, the 30th overall pick out of Georgia in 2013, was a converted safety who eventually transitioned to middle linebacker and blossomed into a leader. In 67 career starts, he racked up 501 tackles, 5.5 sacks, 6 interceptions, 43 passes defended, 12 forced fumbles and 2 touchdowns. But Pro Football Focus graded him 76th among 86 qualified linebackers last season, making his upcoming price tag unsuitable.

Ogletree would’ve been a week away from unrestricted free agency had the Rams not locked him up in October. His departure would’ve probably netted a fourth-round compensatory pick in 2019, which means the Ogletree extension — like the Austin extension — didn’t provide any real benefit.

Now it’s all about what the Rams do with the empty space.

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Los Angeles Rams trade Alec Ogletree to New York Giants

The Los Angeles Rams are trading linebacker Alec Ogletree to the New York Giants for two 2018 draft picks, a league source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The Giants are trading their fourth- and sixth-round picks in return for Ogletree and the Rams’ 2019 seventh-round pick, the source said. The fourth-round pick traded by the Giants is their second in that round, a compensatory selection.

The trade can’t be officially announced until March 14, when the 2018 league year begins.

Ogletree signed a four-year extension with the Rams in October. The deal is worth $42 million, with $33 million coming in the first three years of the deal.

The Giants were in desperate need of linebackers, especially with the expectation of playing in some 3-4 fronts under new defensive coordinator James Bettcher. Two of the team’s three starters at linebacker from last season, Devon Kennard and Jonathan Casillas, are set to become free agents. Only B.J. Goodson returns.

Casillas, the team’s defensive captain the past two seasons, is not expected to return. Ogletree should help fill that void.

Ogletree also infuses speed to a Giants defense that struggled badly last season. His ability to cover as a former college safety should also come in handy. The Giants have struggled badly to cover tight ends the past few years. They allowed 12 touchdowns to tight ends this past season, the most in the NFL.

Ogletree has been a Rams captain the past couple of seasons and led the team’s transition from a 4-3 to a 3-4 defense under coordinator Wade Phillips last summer.

Ogletree, 26, had 95 tackles, 2 sacks, an interception and forced fumble last season in 15 games.

ESPN’s Jordan Raanan and Alden Gonzalez contributed to this report.

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