The hype just continues to grow for the NY Giants leading up to the 2022 campaign. While much of the talk has gone to the additions of No. 5 overall pick Kayvon Thibodeaux and No. 7 pick Evan Neal, don’t forget about the key returnees who will be ready to showcase how dominant they can be this fall as well.
Despite the G-Men going 4-13 last season, there are still some key returning starters from last year who will play monster roles for new head coach Brian Daboll. Defensively, New York figures to be quite strong and CBS agrees. That’s why they’ve listed Leonard Williams and Azeez Ojulari as NY’s best duo heading into the new season.
Leonard Williams and Azeez Ojulari will be monsters for the NY Giants
"“The Giants don’t have much to choose from, either, but Williams and Ojulari were productive in 2021,” CBS’ Jeff Kerr wrote on the duo. “Williams had 43 pressures and 6.5 sacks in 2021 after a career-year with the Giants in 2020, but is still a consistent force off the edge. Ojulari had 38 pressures and eight sacks in his rookie season for the Giants while adding 13 quarterback hits and a forced fumble. The Giants are relying on Ojulari to take the next step in 2022 as the team’s top pass rusher. Wink Martindale’s scheme is expected to make Ojulari and Williams even better, as the two will be relied upon to consistently get to the quarterback. Those two will be vital toward New York turning its defense around.”"
Williams is a total beast for New York and he recorded an impressive 6.5 sacks last season. He figures to have another strong campaign this fall and winter, but this time he’ll be doing so for new defensive coordinator Wink Martindale. Martindale will rely on Williams to be a veteran leader for this unit.
As for Ojulari, he’s coming off a sensational rookie season for the Giants. Ojulari posted eight sacks, setting the new rookie record for the organization. While Thibodeaux looks poised to try and top that mark, Ojulari is pushing for him to make plenty of noise and be a great addition to the defense.
Yes, there’s plenty of excitement surrounding Thibodeaux, but Williams and Ojulari have already shown what they can do and they’re bound to have another strong season for the MetLife Stadium side. If New York is to make a big improvement from 2021, they’ll need guys like Williams and Ojulari to be beasts. If you ask CBS, fans shouldn’t worry about that happening.