2. LB Micah McFadden
After a solid Week 1 performance, it seemed like the Giants may have had something in Micah McFadden. Not only was the sophomore linebacker making plays against the run, but he was also solid in coverage as well. This week, though, McFadden flew right back down to earth and had himself a very rough game.
McFadden was an absolute disaster in coverage and he really struggled to make simple open-field tackles - this cost the Giants big time. Through 48 snaps against the Cardinals, McFadden racked up four combined tackles and missed four as well. Alongside this, he also allowed four receptions on four targets for 40 yards and a touchdown.
Expectations were never super high with McFadden, as he is a fifth-round pick who hasn't shown much during his brief NFL career. However, the Giants need him to play better if he wishes to continue starting. With Isaiah Simmons recently having been acquired, it seems like only a matter of time before McFadden is replaced.
With all of the stakes the Giants have this season, they cannot afford to have such a liability at linebacker. Bobby Okereke is a monster himself, but he can only do so much and New York needs a consistent threat alongside him. Whether McFadden picks up the slack or Simmons replaces him, we hope New York finds a solution to this problem sooner rather than later.