Dave Gettleman, General Manager of the New York Giants, has made an obvious effort to add size and depth to the defensive line. The Giants were 27th against the run in 2017, despite having one of the best run stoppers in the league in Damon Harrison. One of the biggest issues of last season was depth on the defensive line, forcing the starters to play nearly every snap. Gettleman will not let that happen this season.
Dave Gettleman on adding depth to the defensive line, “Hopefully when we have good candidates to play those positions, we can get a little rotation that will keep them all fresher throughout the game and limit their reps throughout the seasons, so they can play longer, hopefully throughout the playoffs.”
It is safe to say that the Giants have a lot of candidates but, are they good candidates?
Current Defensive Line
Damon Harrison is the anchor of the defensive and sophomore Dalvin Tomlinson was the best rookie at his position in 2017, and after those two there is still a lot to be excited about. B.J. Hill and R.J. McIntosh were drafted to be contributors up front early in their careers, and I believe they have the talent to do so.
Guys like Robert Thomas, Kerry Wynn, Josh Mauro, and Kareem Martin will add veteran depth to a unit that is trying to rebrand itself. As the Giants are bringing in new, young talent, it is important to have veteran leaders in the locker room.
Versatility is extremely important in this league, and the Giants have a lot on their defensive line. Having players that can stop the run is important, and so is having pass rushers. But it is also important to have players that can do both, and the Giants drafted a player that can. Lorenzo Carter has the ability to play defensive end as well as outside linebacker and has a lot of upside as a pass rusher.
It is almost definite that the defensive line will continue to change as Dave Gettleman finds his hog mollies on that side of the ball. But the one thing that will not change is the depth. I expect to see a lot of different looks in this new defensive scheme as well as a lot of rotation to keep star players like Damon Harrison and Olivier Vernon fresh later in games.