5 things you need to know about Josh Mauro
March 19, 2018 07:25 PM | Dan Salomone
Five things you need to know about new Giants DE Josh Mauro:

1. Undrafted out of Stanford in 2014, Mauro began his NFL career on Pittsburgh's practice squad before moving to Arizona, where he played in 47 regular-season games with 26 starts over the past four seasons. He also played in three postseason games with two starts for the Cardinals.

NEWS > Solder to make impact on and off field > Analyzing Giants offseason moves > Vote for Giants best ever free agent PHOTOS > Photos: Giants trade for Ogletree VIDEOS > Free Agents tour Giants facility 2. The 6-foot-6, 282-pound Mauro has 75 career tackles with 2.0 sacks, four passes defensed, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, and 10 quarterback hits. Last season, he appeared in 13 games with seven starts - he missed three weeks with an ankle injury - before being released by the Cardinals this past Friday. In 2016, he started in a career-high 13 games.

3. Mauro reunites with Giants defensive coordinator James Bettcher, who was hired by new head coach Pat Shurmur after three successful seasons as the Cardinals' defensive coordinator. Bettcher previously served as Arizona's outside linebackers coach before being promoted in 2015. In his three seasons as coordinator, the Cardinals finished fifth (321.7), second (305.2) and sixth (310.9) in fewest yards allowed per game. They led the NFL with 48 sacks in 2016. Last week, the Giants also added linebacker Kareem Martin, another ex-Cardinal who played for Bettcher.

4. As a fifth-year senior at Stanford in 2013, Mauro was named All-Pac-12 honorable mention after recording 51 tackles (33 solo), 12.5 tackles for loss, 4.0 sacks, two forced fumbles and one interception. He helped Stanford win back-to-back Pac-12 titles in 2012 and 2013.

5. Mauro was born in in St. Albans, England, before moving to Texas at age three. He attended L.D. Bell (Hurst, TX) High School, where he played defensive end, linebacker and quarterback. His brother, Joe, played quarterback at Northwestern.

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