NY Giants defensive line
In: Dexter Lawrence, Leonard Williams, A’Shawn Robinson, Rakeem Nunez-Roches, Jordon Riley, DJ Davidson
Out: Ryder Anderson, Kobe Smith, Brandin Bryant, Kevin Atkins
The Giants defensive line wore down in 2022. Schoen went out this offseason and added tremendous depth to ensure that won’t happen again. Behind Lawrence and Williams, who may be the best defensive line duo in the NFL, Big Blue added Robinson and Nunez-Roches, both of whom are starter quality defensive tackles who will be coming off the bench for Big Blue.
Both Riley and Davidson were drafted by Schoen the last two seasons, giving them an inside track to make the roster. Davidson is recovering from a torn ACL, but it's too early to call an end for his Big Blue career.
NY Giants outside linebackers
In: Kayvon Thibodeaux, Azeez Ojulari, Jihad Ward, Oshane Ximines
Out: Tomon Fox, Oshane Ximines, Habakkuk Baldonado, Tashawn Bowser
Unlike the defensive line position, the Giants outside linebacker position contains minimal depth. Thibodeaux and Ojulari have shown a propensity to get injured throughout their college and professional careers, making outside linebacker depth pivotal. Ward, one of the vocal leaders of the Giants, will make the roster again in 2023.
I only kept four outside linebackers, but the final roster could end up with five. Schoen will try to upgrade this position group via free agency or trade sometime this summer. I only see Fox, Ximines (included on our list), or Bowser making the roster if Schoen does not add outside help. Baldonado, an undrafted rookie, is a prime practice squad candidate.
NY Giants inside linebackers
In: Bobby Okereke, Darrian Beavers, Micah McFadden, Cam Brown, Carter Coughlin
Out: Dyontae Johnson, Troy Brown
Similar to the outside linebacker position, the inside linebacker position has minimal depth. Okereke has been one of the Giants defensive stars thus far in training camp and is in line for a big season in the middle of Wink’s defense. Jarrad Davis was projected to start alongside Okereke, but his season-ending injury opens the door to both 2022 draft picks Beavers and McFadden starting.
Brown and Coughlin are both core special team players, though they provide no value to the Giants defense. This is another position Schoen should look to upgrade either via trade, free agency, or waiver claims after teams cut their rosters down to 53. Johnson, an undrafted rookie out of Toledo, is another prime practice squad candidate.