New York Giants 5 predictions for the defense

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Aug 29, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots running back Leon Washington (33) fumbles the ball as New York Giants safety Cooper Taylor (30) defends on a punt return in the third quarter at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

5- Cooper Taylor has a breakout season

Since being drafted in 2013 Cooper Taylor has totaled 4 tackles, 1 fumble recovery, and a touchdown. Oh and he misssed all of last year. Those are underwhelming numbers for anybody. He did look like he took some major steps last year in the pre-season before he got hurt. He is ALWAYS around the football and he has excellent size (6’4” & 230lbs). I thought he was really pushing himself into the lineup right before he got hurt.  With 2 rookies and 2 second year players ( 1 of which is a converted corner ) Taylor  is the most experienced safety the Giants have and he must act like it on the field.  His size and speed will put him in position to stay with receivers down the field and box them out for jump balls. His height and speed will allow him to blanket tight ends as well.

Though the 3rd year pro has not seen much action in the NFL, I have a feeling that this year he embraces his role as the eldest statesmen with the safeties and puts a stranglehold on the free safety position. If the D line and corners play like they should the young safeties should really come into their own. I expect that to be lead by Taylor.

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