3 reasons the NY Giants defense can become elite this season

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1. Bobby Okereke is the player the Giants have been missing

Is Okereke the best linebacker in football? No, but that doesn’t mean he’s not going to make this defense a top one in the NFC. The former Colts stud was one of the top LBs in football during his four years there.

He's only going to get better too, as he’s only just 26 years old. Okereke is simply a tackling machine. Last season with the Colts, he recorded 151 tackles, which ranked 10th in the NFL.

The Giants haven’t had a linebacker like this guy in a very long time, and he could turn out to be one of the best signings of this offseason. Martindale has a solid secondary, a potentially elite pass-rush, and now one of the top linebackers in football with Okereke to work with.

Last season the Giants were just two wins away from reaching the Super Bowl. Now, obviously the Eagles wiped the floor with them, and it was mainly because the Giants defense couldn’t stop the opposing offense. Now with the additions the Giants have made on top of the returning pieces they have, New York could be ready to dance with the top teams.

Now I’m not saying the Giants are going to be one of the best teams in the NFC, but the conference is wide open outside of two teams. And one of those teams (49ers) don’t even know their plan for QB. With that being said, if the New York’s defense takes a major step forward, expect Big Blue to be right back in the playoffs. This time though, they might be more prepared to go even further.

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