For much of the offseason, plenty of talk surrounding the NY Giants has been the offensive additions brought in by general manager Joe Schoen. Understandably so, as the offensive unit really has folks excited these days.
However, we can't forget about defensive coordinator Wink Martindale and all of his playmakers in East Rutherford. With Wink running the show, the Giants defense has the potential to be electric in 2023. From our chair, several guys will be ready to step up their game this season.
Matter of fact, here's three reasons why we think the G-Men will be a problem for opposing offenses starting Week 1 vs. the Dallas Cowboys:
3. The LB play will be improved for the Giants
One of the biggest headaches Giants fans got while watching this team in 2022 was the poor linebacker play. Both Tae Crowder and Jaylon Smith saw significant action, which was tough to watch from start to finish during the campaign. We saw just how bad the unit was late in the season, particularly vs. the Eagles in the playoffs.
Now, though, things are going to be quite different for this team, as both Smith and Crowder are nowhere near East Rutherford. On top of that, Schoen made a huge splash early on in free agency when he was able to sign stud inside linebacker Bobby Okereke to a four-year deal with $40 million. Okereke has monster potential with this team.
We can't wait to see what Okereke will be able to get done with this group moving forward, but he's not the only LB to keep an eye on. There's a lot of buzz surrounding Darrian Beavers, as the 2022 late-round pick had a promising summer, only to see his rookie campaign come to a close with a torn ACL in the preseason. Beavers will be ready to make an early impact - and he should do just that.