I’m going to continue my year in review series, but this time we are going to switch to the defensive side of the ball. Justin Tuck has been a stalwart for the New York Giants on the defensive line for years. He’s been a key cog for two Super Bowl championship teams and provided key leadership for the team’s defense. However, he hasn’t put up the numbers we are accustomed to seeing from lineman, and there are questions about him moving forward. Before we get to that, let’s go back to 2012.
2012 stats: 15 games, 45 tackles, four sacks
2012 Game Of The Year: Tuck’s best game was his performance against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Tuck had five tackles and two sacks, half of his total season output.
Where 2012 went wrong: Tuck hasn’t been the same player in two years. He’s missed a combined five games after playing every game for four straight seasons. He played in 15 of 16 games in 2012, however, he didn’t put the kind of pressure on quarterbacks that we are all used to him getting.
2013 Outlook: Tuck is promising to have a better 2013 than 2012. In 2010 he had 11 sacks. The past two years, he’s had nine sacks combined. The first question is will the Giants keep Tuck in the last year of his contract? If they do, what can they get out of him? The Giants need more out of Tuck and all of their defensive lineman. The Giants defense is predicated on getting pressure on the quarterback and they didn’t do that in 2012. If Tuck can rebound, it will be a big help to the team for 2013.