The NY Giants will look to significantly upgrade a defense that ranked towards the bottom of the league all year through free agency and the draft. Here’s how they can actually accomplish that.
There is a definite need to make some significant moves to improve the defense of the NY Giants heading into next season. The Big Blue defense has been suspect all year and currently ranks 28th out of 32 teams in the league in total defense.
The Giants defense has struggled to come up with big stops throughout the season and has not been able to force opponent turnovers with any consistency. They have also dealt with injuries to key players with Alec Ogletree, Jabril Peppers, Ryan Connelly, Oshane Ximines and Lorenzo Carter all missing time due to injury.
The New York defense is extremely young, as six of its eleven starters on defense are either rookies or second-year players. As a result, the Giants have a good young core of defenders, who will surely get better with experience.
While they have made their share of rookie mistakes, the Giants have gotten positive play from rookie contributors Dexter Lawrence, Deandre Baker, Ximines, Julian Love, Connelly, Sam Beal, and Corey Ballentine. In addition, sophomore players such as B.J. Hill, Carter and R.J. McIntosh. The steady improvement of the young players gives hope and optimism that they will take giant leaps forward in their progression next season.
The Giants are poised to improve their defense with what will be a high draft position in next year’s draft, as well as with free-agent acquisitions bolstered by being able to spend due to their hefty slashing of salary allowing them to flush with cash with over $75 million available in cap space next season.
As a result, here are five potential moves New York could make to improve their defense before next season.