Five things you need to know about Brandon Meriweather

1. Heading into his ninth NFL season, safety Brandon Meriweather comes to the Giants after playing his first four years in New England (2007-10), one in Chicago (2011) and, most recently, three with Washington (2012-14). In 99 career games (68 starts), Meriweather recorded 424 tackles, 6.0 sacks, 15 interceptions (one returned for a touchdown), nine forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.

2. Originally a first-round selection by New England in 2007, Meriweather made back-to-back Pro Bowls with the Patriots in 2009 and 2010, a span in which he had 151 tackles and eight interceptions.

3. Meriweather made his first career start in Super Bowl XLII against the Giants, lining up as the Patriots’ nickel cornerback. Overall, he has played in five postseason games with three starts, recording 10 tackles and a pass defensed.

4. Last season with Washington, the 5-foot-11, 198-pound veteran started all 10 games that he played before being placed on injured reserve on Dec. 19 with a toe injury. Despite missing the final quarter of the 2014 season, Meriweather notched career highs in sacks (3.0) and forced fumbles (three).

5. A native of Apopka, Fla., Meriweather played at the University of Miami, where he holds the Hurricanes record for tackles by a defensive back with 293. His 182 solo tackles broke the Miami all-time record for safeties that was held by Bennie Blades (155), and his 77 solo tackles in 2005 broke the old Miami season-record for safeties that was first set by Daryl Reeh (68). Meriweather also became the first defensive back to ever lead the Hurricanes in tackles in a season (115 in 2005).

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