标签归档:Custom New York Giants Jerseys White

Custom New York Giants Jerseys

Following the NFL Draft, the New York Giants are set to have two very interesting positional battles on the defensive side of the ball.
Let’s take a look at these groups below!

Cornerback

After selecting three cornerbacks in April, this young group will arguably be the most competitive on the roster. Behind the veteran leader of the group Janoris Jenkins, the rookie trio of Deandre Baker, Julian Love, and Corey Ballentine are all fighting for snaps, along with second year corners Grant Haley and Sam Beal.

Beal did not play a snap in his rookie year due to season-ending shoulder surgery last offseason. The Western Michigan product was selected by Big Blue in the supplemental draft in 2018, which saw them give up this year’s third round pick for the defensive back. Beal was a highly touted prospect and is already making plays in OTAs. He is expected to heavily contribute in the Giants secondary this season.

Play Video
Haley played in 10 games for the New York Giants in 2018 and took over the starting slot corner position in the second half of the year. The undrafted rookie corner posted a solid 33 tackles, four of which came for a loss, along with two passes defended.

As for the rookies, both Baker and Love are two of the three candidates up for the Jim Thorpe award (best defensive back in college football). While Baker was lock down at Georgia only allowing one touchdown in his collegiate career, Love was right behind him. Playing at Notre Dame, Julian Love was a pass breakup machine recording 36 in the past two seasons alone. He also led the NCAA in this category in 2017 with 20 passes defended.

RELATED PRODUCT
New York Giants Saquon Barkley NFL Draft Bobblehead
New York Giants Saquon Barkley NFL Draft Bobblehead
Buy Now!
Last but not least, Ballentine was selected by the Giants in the 6th round out of the Division II school Washburn College. Despite suffering a gunshot wound following the draft, Ballentine practiced for the first time on Thursday since the tragic incident. Ballentine ran an impressive 4.47 at the combine and collected five career interceptions as a three-year starter at Washburn.

Outside Linebacker

The other most intriguing competition on defense comes from the outside linebacker position. This group will be heavily relied upon to get after the quarterback this year, which was an aspect that was lacking on this unit a season ago.

The New York Giants selected Old Dominion pass rusher Oshane Ximines with their third round pick in the draft, who was known for getting after the quarterback in his college career. Ximines recorded a total of 32.5 sacks in four seasons at ODU, including 11.5 in his senior year.
Another young linebacker, who will be competing for a starting spot this offseason is second-year player Lorenzo Carter. Although he only started two games in 2018, Carter was second on the team with four sacks behind fellow rookie B.J. Hill. Carter also posted 30 tackles, seven for a loss, 10 QB hits, and four passes defended in 15 total games.

With these two young players knocking on the door for playing time, the Giants also have veterans Markus Golden and Kareem Martin. Both Golden and Martin come from Bettcher’s defense with the Arizona Cardinals.

Martin had an underwhelming first season as a Giant in 2018, which saw him only have one and a half sacks in 16 games. This number needs to improve if he wants to keep his starting spot over the youngsters, as previously mentioned.

As for Golden, he is coming off a torn ACL in 2017 that has limited him to only 15 games in the past two seasons combined. Despite this injury, he has still shown the ability to get after the quarterback and arguably had the best year of his career in 2016 under Bettcher, where he recorded 12.5 sacks with the Cardinals.

This unit must help increase the sack total for this defense in 2018. Now with a stronger secondary, this could allow them extra time to disrupt the pocket due to the fact that there will be better coverage behind them. The Giants are hoping Carter can take the next step and build off of his strong rookie campaign, along with Golden returning to his pre-ACL injury form that saw him record double digit sacks.
Stay tuned as we will without a doubt be very entertained throughout the summer watching these positional battles unfold!