Giants Free Agency Round-Up: Defense

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Defensive Line: DE Robert Ayers, DT Mike Patterson (re-signed)

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.

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.

Up and coming Damontre Moore and a hopefully rejuvenated Mathias Kiwanuka will also be heavily involved.

Mike Patterson was brought back to not only alleviate the loss of Joseph but to continue his solid play versus the run, while backing up Cullen Jenkins and the young Johnathan Hankins.