Despite how well the NY Giants 2022 season went, there were certainly some players whose performance was less than satisfactory, causing some fans to want them gone before the season even ended. It was tough to see for some of these guys.
With the Giants now being in an offseason where they must focus on retaining certain players, GM Joe Schoen has already begun to cut some guys loose and has made it clear that others will not be returning for next season. With that said, here’s a look at five guys from this past season who fans won’t be missing one bit:
5. LB Tae Crowder
There may not be a worse linebacker in all of football than Tae Crowder, which is why many fans were incredibly thankful when he was released mid-season after seemingly complaining about playing time he didn’t deserve.
Crowder did defy most expectations as the Mr. Irrelevant of his draft class, however, this doesn’t mean he was good. While former general manager Dave Gettleman for some reason thought he was the guy and forced him to play way more snaps than he should have, Joe Schoen saw through his inflated tackle numbers and began to limit his number of snaps before eventually cutting him.
In 13 games with the Giants last season, Crowder racked up 45 combined tackles, 14 stops, and one sack, seeing a 43 percent decrease in snaps compared to the season prior. There just simply wasn’t a thing Crowder could do at an NFL level on the field and it showed.
Not only was Crowder a total liability in coverage, allowing 15 receptions on 19 targets for 173 yards and a touchdown in just 195 coverage snaps, but he also couldn’t read a run to save his life and at times couldn’t even make a simple tackle. Crowder re-signed to the practice squad, but then close the year with the Steelers. Best of luck to him in the future – just not in East Rutherford.