2. Azeez Ojulari
When the season first started, many thought Azeez Ojulari would benefit from the extra attention on the other side from Kayvon Thibodeaux. But that hasn’t been the case. Thibodeaux has created his own opportunities for himself because he’s turning into an elite and premier pass-rusher with 11 sacks through 12 games. But for Ojulari, not a single sack on the 2023 season.
It’s one thing for Ojulari to not have any sacks on the season, as he did miss five weeks due to a calf injury. But his lack of pressure has been alarming. In the last three weeks, he’s had four total pressures on the quarterback. Meanwhile, Jihad Ward has five in the same time and also had 1.5 sacks in the win against the Patriots.
At this rate, given Ojulari’s lack of consistency and because his health is never enough to be counted on, Ward would be the better player to rely on at the other edge over Ojulari. Or, if the Giants want another idea outside of the box, take Isaiah Simmons and put him on the edge spot and see what he can give on the outside.
After all, it was Simmons who got the game-winning interception against the Commanders two weeks ago. He’s made more of an impact in limited time than Ojulari has as a starter.