Pass-rusher Brian Burns already labeled overrated before his NY Giants debut

Is this unfair for the firat-year NY playmaker?
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He hasn't even played a single snap for the NY Giants yet, and people are already waiting for him to fail. Is this really fair for new Big Blue pass-rusher Brian Burns? The veteran outside linebacker was the big offseason splash for Joe Schoen and he's ready to see what Spider-Man can do for him in 2024.

Burns landed a $141 million extension from the Giants after the blockbuster trade, but not everyone is as high on Burns as you might think. Pro Football Network released a list of the most overrated player on each team, and Burns took home the honor for the Giants. Seriously?

Brian Burns already has haters waiting for him to fail with the NY Giants

"In an attempt to keep up with the rest of the NFC East, the New York Giants made a blockbuster trade for edge rusher Brian Burns this offseason. Not only did the Giants trade multiple draft picks for Burns, but they also made him the third-highest-paid edge rusher in the NFL. Despite New York’s massive commitment, it’s fair to wonder if Burns has officially become overrated at this point. He was an impactful pass rusher for the Panthers, but it’s fair to wonder if he was ever considered elite."

PFN's Anthony DiBona

Can we let Burns at least play one quarter at MetLife Stadium before we deem him overrated? We do get where Anthony Dibona is coming from, though. Schoen has invested a pretty penny in Burns, making him one of the top paid edge-rushers in the game.

This is clearly a premium position for Schoen and Co., however, which is why they've brought Burns in to make plays alongside Kayvon Thibodeaux and Dexter Lawrence in the trenches. Burns was as reliable as can be for the Panthers, and now we need to see more of the same now that he's in the NFC East.

In a year where things need to be flipped for the Giants and head man Brian Daboll, Burns needs to deliver for NY. Schoen has taken a bit of a gamble on him and it simply has to pay off for the entire defense. If it doesn't, maybe we'll look back on DiBona being right, but we sure hope that won't be the case.