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With the New York Giants going into week 12 at 2-8 on the season, we can only anticipate a top-5 draft pick in 2020. The most probable scenario has general manager Dave Gettleman drafting a top pass-rusher, especially if Chase Young is on the board.
This season, though, Gettleman traded for Leonard Williams, previously a defensive lineman on the Jets. Ever since this deal, 2018 third-round pick, BJ Hill, has fallen off in regards to snap-count and overall efficiency. In his rookie campaign, Hill produced 5.5 sacks, 48 combined tackles, and eight QB hits.
This season, he has zero sacks, zero QB hits, and 26 combined tackles through 10 games (started only five). His production and efficiency have fallen off significantly, making him a potential trade option this offseason. He proved last season that he could be a forceful interior defensive lineman, but his sophomore season has been disappointing.
Alternatively, the New York Giants could utilize him as a rotational option, which is likely the course they will take. Similar to Hill, second-year pass-rusher, Lorenzo Carter, has failed to make the jump to the next level.
Comparing Carter’s stats to last season, his defensive snaps have seen an uptick from 441 to 459, but his tackles have fallen off (43 tackles, 4 sacks, 7 TFL in 2018 to 33 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 3 TFL in 2019.
While the Giants’ offense has been mediocre in nearly every category, Carter playing at a higher level would have helped the team significantly. There’s no question they will keep him around moving forward, but he’s quickly finding himself in a rotational role that will see his playing time drop off.
If the New York Giants draft or sign a big-name pass-rusher, Carter will fall into the depths of the roster where he will be fighting for snaps on defense.
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