NY Giants’ Team Co-MVP’s: Leonard Williams & Jabrill Peppers
Two of the NY Giants’ key 2019 trade acquisitions made their presence felt all game and led the team to victory.
Leonard Williams put on a dominant display Sunday.
The Big Cat caused nightmares for the entire Seattle offensive line. It didn’t matter if he was face-to-face with a tackle, bull-rushing the center, or blowing by guards, he was nearly unblockable Sunday. Games like this silence his reputation for taking plays off or not finishing plays. In the convincing win, Leo picked up 3 tackles with two for a loss along with two sacks and a crushing five QB hits on Russell Wilson.
With a performance like that, he just earned himself a nice increase to his next contract. With any luck, the NY Giants must find a way to keep Williams as he has been a top-5 interior defensive lineman all season long. He has been the team’s most consistent and dominant pass-rusher all year and his contract talks should be a priority for Big Blue this offseason.
Along with “Big Cat” Williams, Jabrill Peppers was yet again all over the field.
He was playing as a deep safety, lining up as a rover hybrid back, and plowing through the line of scrimmage being deployed in the box as a pseudo-linebacker. Jabrill laid some big hits and stopped some key plays in big spots. His energy is obvious and it seemingly invigorates this defense. Jabrill showed off his well-documented versatility Sunday with five tackles, one tackle for a loss, a sack off an impressive blitz, he had two pass deflections, and another QB hit to top it off.
These two players are just two amongst many stepping up on this NY Giants defense. The team is refusing to give up over 20 points and they are the most responsible part of the team’s four-game winning streak. Patrick Graham has his “no-name” group of players playing inspired, tough, and impactful defense that no offense should want to see right now. They’re getting productions and game-changing plays from rookies and young players to proven vets. It’s a special thing to watch.
This talented group is healthy, hungry, and full of different players with different skillsets. The contributions are coming from everywhere and the unit is responding with sacks, turnovers, and disruptions in the passing game via deflections and pressures/QB hits. The whole unit could have won MVP this week for their best game on defense in several years. They shut down a high octane, playmaking offense led by an MVP candidate and one of the game’s top QB’s. This defense left its mark in the Emerald City and they deservingly will be flying home Monday with a victory. Hats off to Leo, Jabrill, and the entire defense for this week’s MVP performance.