NY Giants: These 5 position groups show team trending in right direction

New York Giants defensive end Niko Lalos (Image via The Enquirer)
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Defensive line

Despite the Giants lack of a pass rush this season, New York’s front three caused enough disruption to credit this position as being arguably the most complete unit on the entire roster.

DE Dexter Lawrence reminded fans of his dominance up front from rookie season with 53 total tackles, 4.0 sacks, 2 passes defended, and 4 stuffs. Alongside him, DT Dalvin Tomlinson recorded 49 total tackles, 3.5 sacks, 4 passes defended, and 6 stuffs.

Meanwhile, DE Leonard Williams vindicated GM Dave Gettleman’s trade for him during the 2019 Trade Deadline by racking up 57 total tackles, 11.5 sacks (7th in NFL), 1 fumble recovery, 1 pass defended and 4 stuffs.

Overall, their singular and combined success make it all the more worrisome that management will have to choose Tomlinson over Leonard (or vice versus) for a contract extension this offseason, as both players are set to become unrestricted free agents when the new league year begins.

Regardless, if the Giants aren’t able to keep whole the band together and extend Dalvin Tomlinson and sign Leonard Williams, then this unit should still be able to produce well for DC Patrick Graham once again next season.