Is the NY Giants defensive line good enough to carry the unit?
The NY Giants defensive line balling out and exceeding expectations might be the only path to Big Blue having a competent defense next year.
If the big boys up front can provide some interior pressure – something Dalvin Tomlison and Dexter Lawrence are known to do – that could be the saving grace as QB’s struggle the most with pressure right up the gut.
Williams has got one year to prove to the NY Giants – and the entire NFL, really – that he is the 2016 short glimpse of excellence type of player we saw rather than the inconsistent, yet reliable, interior lineman.
He’ll be getting a generous sum of $16M for a grand total of 0.5 sacks and 2 tackles-for-loss in 2019 — sorry, I just can never leave that out.
In that 2016 year, his second season in the league, Williams racked up 7 sacks, 11 tackles-for-loss, 19 QB hits and forced two fumbles; for the record, that’s what I mean when I talk about making football players.
While none of those numbers are particularly outstanding, it’s a well rounded stat line that shows he was making an impact at each level. I’m not sure, check that, I don’t believe that Leonard Williams will ever be a double-digit sack guy.
But this NY Giants defense needs him to actually make it all the way home this year and making plays that negatively affect the other team — point plank period.
If he’s able to do that, combined with what he already have in the monsters that are Dalvin and Dexter, it might be enough to hide the other glaring weaknesses on the defensive unit.
Who knows, maybe even BJ Hill or R.J. McIntosh will come off the bench and snag a few sacks?
They surely have the potential, too.