Will Compton made Christmas plans with his playbook.
The rookie linebacker was activated from the practice squad on Tuesday to fill in for injured veteran Nick Barnett.
Compton said on Christmas Eve his holiday plans were to catch up on film study and prepare for his one game opportunity in New York.
“So far I’ve just basically replaced Nick,” Compton said. “They’re giving me backup reps behind London (Fletcher) and (Barnett’s) spots on special teams.”
“Obviously there’s more of a sense of urgency to get prepared and just get back in that rhythm, that game mode mentality, because I haven’t played in 16 (weeks).”
The undrafted free agent from Nebraska hasn’t seen game action since the preseason, when he made at least one tackle in all four games and had five stops against both Pittsburgh and Buffalo.
He said in after one practice this week he’s enjoyed leaving the scout team and absorbing a little extra coaching.
All season long, Compton has looked to Fletcher as an example of how to act professionally. On Sunday, he’ll be giving the veteran linebacker a breather in what will probably be the last game of a 16-year career.
“It’s going to be an honor,” Compton said.
“I have nothing but respect for him. He’s helped me through this whole year. He always jokes with me. We have a good relationship. It’s going to awesome being out there with him for the last time.”
Compton lives alone, so he said he would probably take a break from studying to enjoy a meal with friends during the holiday. He’ll have a proper Christmas with family back home in Missouri after the season.
But for now, his attention remains on the Giants.
“I’m just kind of focused on ending on a good note,” Compton said. “What they think of me upstairs, I want to make sure they keep that vision of me going into the offseason.
“I gotta be ready to go. I don’t want to let my teammates down. I’m confident in my ability and I don’t want to let the coaches down.”
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