Justin Tuck is one of the unquestioned leaders of the New York Giants defense. He has been a key member of two Super Bowl winning teams and has been named to two Pro Bowls. He was named the 62nd best player in the NFL by his peers in an NFL Network ranking. Still, Justin Tuck is not satisfied.
Last season was a bit of a disappointment for Tuck. Aside from winning the Super Bowl, that is. On the field, Tuck struggled with injuries, and struggled to stay on the field all season long. He only played in 12 games and made 11 starts and recorded 5 sacks and forced only 1 fumble after forcing 5 each of the last two years.
This year, Tuck has made headlines with his new facemask which should prevent opposing offensive linemen from getting their hands into his mask and twisting his head, something that contributed to his sore neck. With the new mask comes a new attitude as well. He sees the Giants as a team on the rise, a team that will only get better. Right now, there is no reason to doubt him. They are going to enter training camp with a healthy Terrell Thomas, their star cornerback recovering from an ACL injury. Tuck and fellow defensive end Osi Umenyiora are also healthy heading into camp giving the Giants one of the deepest defensive end rotations in football.
Obviously, having a healthy Tuck would be a huge difference. If he can return to his 2008 or 2010 form the Giants defense could be among the best in the NFL. He has been determined all offseason to return to that form which should scare opposing quarterbacks.