Coming out of his junior year at the University of North Carolina, New York Giants’ DT Marvin Austin was being lauded as a potential top-10 draft pick at the completion of his senior season. However, those plans were derailed when he was suspended by the NCAA, along with other teammates, for receiving improper benefits. Austin had a lot to prove after missing his entire senior season of football.
Austin’s stock expectedly dropped, as the Giants were able to get him in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft. However, before he could prove that he was still a solid football player despite the year absence, Austin tore his pectoral muscle in the preseason, and didn’t play at all in the Super Bowl-winning 2011 season.
Austin returned healthy for the 2012 season, but made no impact at all. He saw action in eight games, but only racked up five total tackles the entire year. Naturally, most teams would give a second-round pick an opportunity to prove his worth. However, the Giants aren’t quite into doing so.
The Giants acquired DT Cullen Jenkins and DT Mike Patterson, both formerly of the Philadelphia Eagles, to shore up the defensive line. The Giants were bad defensively, giving up the second most yards during the season. The Giants gave up big running and passing plays, and strengthening their defensive line unit was a necessity for general manager Jerry Reese.
The Giants also drafted DE Damontre Moore from Texas A&M University and DT Johnathan Hankins from Ohio State University. Moore’s acquisition doesn’t really hurt Austin much, but the acquisition of Hankins does. In addition to three newly acquired interior linemen, the Giants also have DT Linval Joseph and DT Shaun Rogers returning from his health scare last offseason, when he was shut down for the entire season due to a blood clot.
Austin’s time with the Giants may be coming to an end if he has another ineffective season. He’s signed through the 2014 season, however, so that should give him a little breathing room. Releasing him won’t do much for the Giants. They’ll probably look to load sizable contracts in order to re-sign younger players.
Austin should be working harder than ever this offseason.