Should the New York Giants claim MWC’s all-time sack leader?

Curtis Weaver, New York Giants

Injuries are unfortunately a significant part of the NFL, as Miami Dolphins pass rusher Curtis Weaver recently experienced. As a fifth-round rookie out of Boise State, Weaver was waived after suffering a severe injury. This opens up the opportunity for teams like the New York Giants to transition him directly to their injured reserve.

Weaver is a high upside talent, considering he’s the MWC’s all-time sack leader. Teams are unfortunately disallowed from placing drafted-rookies on the injured reserve, and only if they clear the waiver wire are they able to do so. The Giants, who desperately need help rushing the passer, could add Weaver in hopes of finding hidden production 2021.

Who are the New York Giants currently working with?

Currently, the Giants are set to rely on players like Markis Golden, Kyler Fackrell, Lorenzo Carter, and Oshane Ximines. The only proven player is Golden, who posted double-digit sacks last year. Fackrell, who recorded 10.5 sacks in 2018, is a high motor athlete who can work his way to the quarterback. However, he was replaced by Zadarius and Preston Smith in 2019, suggesting that he is not the elite pass rusher some fans seem to think he is.

Nonetheless, the Giants took a new approach during the 2020 NFL draft. With four, seventh-round picks available, general manager Dave Gettleman and new head coach Joe Judge spent every single one. This suggests that they value late-round players and don’t want to pass on potentially striking gold on a talent. While the probability is low, Weaver is a fifth-round pick that was highly touted for his upside.

Ultimately, it couldn’t hurt to add Weaver in the hopes of him producing an impact in 2021. With Fackrell and Golden both on one-year contracts, the pass rush group will likely look different next year. Having some familiar faces and players to build off of is a necessity

What the New York Jets need to do to piece together an elite defense

New York Jets, Jamal Adams

The New York Jets’ defense ranked among the top half of the league and was ranked as one of the top rushing defenses in all of football last season. The defense was good but not great. With the defensive line figured out and filled with depth, C.J. Mosley returning, Avery Williamson potentially returning if he is not cut, the defense can be great. They just need to fill 2 vital holes.

Cornerback

Main Options

The Jets ideal route for filling the holes at corner would be to resign Brian Poole so the slot role is filled and then go about grabbing a lead corner in free agency. The biggest issue for the Jets is avoiding tying themselves to a contract resembling the headache they just freed themselves of in Trumaine Johnson.

The free agency class is top-heavy at corner but there is depth within the lower levels. James Bradberry and Byron Jones are reportedly being targeted by the Jets. Both guys would immediately become the Jets lead corner and fill a huge hole.

Bradberry is very underrated and has been Carolina’s top corner for the past few years. The Jets reportedly believe he is the better of the two and are willing to splurge on him. I believe Bradberry would be great but he wants to be a part of resetting the cornerback market and his contract may be too pricey.

Other Options

If the Jets miss out on the top two guys, Ronald Darby, Prince Amukamara, Jalen Mills, Chris Harris Jr., and Trae Waynes are among the guys the Jets could target. Even if the Jets get one of these guys to be their lead corner, the Jets need to grab a corner in the draft as well. By doing that the Jets would have two veteran CBs and two younger options, a draft pick and Bless Austin. This would drastically change the Jets secondary and potentially make it elite depending on the additions.

Pass Rush

John Abraham was the last elite pass rusher the Jets had. Mo Wilkerson and Sheldon Richardson were both great defensive linemen but not capable of being pass rushers. The Jets drafted Jordan Jenkins a few years ago and he’s developed into a consistently good pass rusher, but he should be re-signed and used as a complementary pass rusher to a better pass rusher.

The Jets can go about filling that hole in a few ways. Free agency is an option, Dante Fowler Jr. and Markus Golden are two guys the Jets have been tied to and both would be great additions. In the draft, there are a few guys I have grown fond of in the pre-draft process. Bradlee Anae, Josh Uche, Kenny Wilekes, Curtis Weaver and Jonathan Greenard are all very talented pass rushers who could be available for the Jets on Days 2 and 3. Any of those guys would be great additions to the Jets and could be capable of becoming elite pass rushers. The Jets need to form an elite pass-rushing tandem, maybe even a trio. The overall goal needs to be an establishment of pass rush and finally getting playmakers at the edge.

The Jets need to get a few more “dawgs” and if they do that then the Jets will have an elite defense that can help lead this team to playoff contention.