2. LB Jaylon Smith
When we previously mentioned how Crowder was arguably the worst linebacker in football, it is worth mentioning that Jaylon Smith is very well in the discussion with him. Both of these players were borderline unplayable all season long, but due to the Giants lack of really anything at the linebacker position, they were forced to play.
Similarly enough to Crowder, Smith was borderline useless against the run and in pass coverage. Smith may not have the horrific tackling ability of Crowder, but his instincts against the run is just as bad if not worse. In 13 games with the Giants last season, Smith racked up 85 combined tackles, while allowing 24 receptions on 29 targets for 211 yards. While these numbers may not be too bad on paper, watching Smith play tells an entirely different story.
Smith’s poor play showcased just how badly the Giants need a massive overhaul at linebacker. Thankfully enough, the combination of an incredible free agency class and a very solid draft in terms of linebackers make it seem as if the change we have all been begging for will finally come.
Honestly, even if the Giants run out next season with an improving Micah McFadden and Darian Beavers, the defense will be much better than it was with players like Smith and Crowder. Regardless of who they run, Giants fans can celebrate knowing they don’t have to watch either of these two play football for New York anymore.