Giants News: Junior Seau's Nephew Ian Invited to Rookie Minicamp

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistMay 14, 2018

This is a 2017 photo of Ian Seau of the Buffalo Bills NFL football team. This image reflects the Buffalo Bills active roster as of Tuesday, May 23, 2017 when this image was taken. (AP Photo)
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Ian Seau, nephew of Hall of Fame linebacker Junior Seau, will attend the New York Giants rookie mini-camp while attempting to earn a spot on the roster, according to John Healy of the New York Daily News.

The outside linebacker is an undrafted free agent out of Nevada and spent last season on the Buffalo Bills practice squad. He also had a stint with the Rams in 2016 but has never appeared in a regular-season game.

It's unlikely he matches his uncle's career as a 12-time Pro Bowler with the Chargers and spends 20 seasons in the NFL.

"It's hard to live up to," he said Saturday. "He is my uncle, there is always going to be these expectations but I feel like what I've done, when I've played snaps in preseason I've done some things that Ian Seau has done."

Junior Seau took his own life in 2012 and was later diagnosed with CTE.

Meanwhile, the younger Seau showcased his talent as an impact player during his college years, totaling 18 career sacks for the Wolfpack. Playing as a defensive lineman, he led the Mountain West Conference with 10 sacks as a senior in 2015 while recording 18.5 tackles for loss.

At 6'2", 250 pounds, the 25-year-old has a chance to be of help to a Giants defense that ranked 31st in the NFL against the pass last season before trading leading pass-rusher Jason Pierre-Paul.

Even after drafting Georgia edge-rusher Lorenzo Carter in the third round, there are potential roster spots available in the defensive front seven.

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