Giants safety Brandon Meriweather says he is among the best safeties in the NFL.
“Yes, I know I am,” Meriweather, 31, said when asked if he is still one of the league's top safeties.
New York signed the nine-year NFL veteran on Sunday after two rookie safeties were sidelined with injuries in the team's first preseason game Friday.
“I'm excited, man,” Meriweather said Sunday. “Any time you can come to a great organization, you've always got to be excited and ready to help.”
A two-time Pro Bowler, Meriweather has started in 68 games over 99 regular-season appearances. He has totaled 402 tackles (277 solo), 15 interceptions, 6.0 sacks, nine passes defensed and three fumbles in his NFL career.
Following knee injuries that limited Meriweather to just one game in 2012, and forced him to miss nine more games in 2013 and ’14 combined, the hard-hitting safety started 10 games last year for the Washington Redskins.
He finished the 2014 season with 53 tackles (34 solo), a career-high 3.0 sacks, 4 passes defensed, three forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.
Amid his success, Meriweather has also received multiple fines and two suspensions for illegal hits throughout his NFL career, including a two-game suspension last season.
Meriweather was selected by the New England Patriots in the first round of the 2007 NFL draft.
The Giants open the 2015 season against the Dallas Cowboys on Sept. 13.
- Kayla Lombardo