There has been no secret about the lack of production from New York Giants’ DE Justin Tuck in the past two seasons. He has combined for under 10 sacks and it seems he has a different reason for his struggles every week. A more simplistic answer to what has caused him to struggle in the past two seasons is he’s simply not able to perform at the level he once did.
Who knows if Tuck can get back to the pre-2011 form, when he was racking up double-digit sack totals in numerous seasons. However, the Giants have had nothing but great things to say about third-round draft pick DE Damontre Moore out of Texas A&M. In the preseason opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Moore was noticeably playing great football, even blocking a punt on special teams as well.
Tuck is one of the leaders in the locker room, but other than that, he hasn’t provided much. The Giants already let DE Osi Umenyiora walk, and Tuck will be a free agent at the end of this upcoming season. He probably won’t demand a good amount of money like Umenyiora was doing for several seasons. However, Moore may be able to step in this season and prove to be a dominant pass rusher.
DE Jason Pierre-Paul is still only 24 years old, so he can potentially be a dominant force on the Giants’ defensive line for years to come. Moore will turn 21 shortly after Week 1 of the regular season, so he’s very young and can afford to not start right away. However, if Tuck isn’t providing any sacks or quarterback pressure, the Giants should go to Moore and give him more opportunities.
We’ll see how things turn out during the course of the season. The way Moore has performed so far, Tuck may not be a Giant past this upcoming season.