The Giants defense was actually a strength, as that side of the ball finished eighth in the league. However, long time starters in Justin Tuck and Linval Joseph departed for new opportunities, leaving a hole that needed to be addressed.
Robert Ayers was added to presumably replace Justin Tuck. Similar in build and style, Ayers had his best season last year with Denver but notched just 5.5 sacks. According to Pete Damilatis, Ayers could very well be a strong piece of the defensive end puzzle.
Robert Ayers is a nice signing for the Giants. 9th-best run D grade of any 4-3 DE last season (Tuck was 8th).
— Pete Damilatis (@PFF_Pete) April 2, 2014
— Pete Damilatis (@PFF_Pete) April 4, 2014
If the Giants can maximize his talent level and get around seven to eight sacks out of the former Tennessee product, then that could be a big impact player to couple with a refreshed Jason Pierre-Paul.