1. NY Giants pass-rusher Kayvon Thibodeaux
No player has been more disappointing this season than Kayvon Thibodeaux. The first of the Giants two 2022 first-round picks has just four total pressures, two hurries, one sack, and one QB hit in three games.
PFF has Thibodeaux graded as the second-worst defender on Big Blue and the worst Giants defensive starter. The Oregon product is ranked as the fourth worst edge defender in 2023, 109 out of 112 qualified players.
Some of Thibodeaux's modest stats are due to the absence of Azeez Ojulari. Ojulari and Thibodeaux were supposed to form an elite pass-rushing duo, but Ojulari suffered a hamstring injury in Week 1 and has missed the last two games. With Ojulari out, opposing defenses have run their plays away from Thibodeaux.
The young pass-rusher made controversial statements last week, calling out the Giants faithful for booing the team in Arizona (you can't blame them for booing; Big Blue was down 20-0 at half) and for sitting away from his teammates during the comeback victory. His lack of effort on a tackling play has stirred the pot even further.
Thibodeaux got very chippy with 49ers offensive linemen in the second half, and it's nice to see him show his frustration. He was called for a brutal illegal contact penalty last Thursday, but after review, it was evident that what he did was well within the rules.
When it rains, it pours. That is happening for Thibodeaux. Luckily for him, a lot of football remains (14 games or 82.3 percent of the season). Indeed, there's plenty of time for the youngster to show the Giants brass they were right to draft him in the top five.