Although the New York Giants reeled in a few major free agents this offseason, they still had to witness the departures of both Justin Tuck and Linval Joseph, two key members of last year’s defensive line. Without Tuck or Joseph, New York is desperately going to need some of their younger players to provide depth and log some serious minutes.
Cullen Jenkins started at defensive tackle last season with Joseph. Now, he will probably be joined by Johnathan Hankins. Hankins was a rookie last season after the Giants drafted him in the second round of the NFL Draft. He played sporadically last year and seemed to keep improving over the course of the season.
Jay Bromley, New York’s third-round pick this year, may also be called on in certain situations. Bromley played at Syracuse where he recorded 10 sacks last year.
Tuck led the Giants in sacks last year and he was really the only one who made any noise in this area. Jason Pierre-Paul is supposed to be healthy for the first time in two years, but even he is no sure thing any more.
Damontre Moore did very little with the time he was given on defense in his rookie season last year. However, he did provide a spark on special teams and showed some explosiveness getting to punters consistently. With JPP a bit of a question mark and Mathias Kiwanuka having lost a few steps, the Giants are going to be looking for someone to resurrect the pass rush. Can Moore be that guy?
Right now, New York is basically facing a laundry list of questions. And when you’re dealing with youth, that’s what is going to happen. Some of these younger players are going to be relied on and if they are not ready, look for the Giants to struggle once again.