New York Giants: Dalvin Tomlinson would like to stay in New York

New York Giants, Dalvin Tomlinson

Too bad the New York Giants went home a little earlier than we all hoped, but now it’s time for the Giants to get ready for the 2021 season.

Big Blue holds the 11th overall selection in the 2021 NFL Draft, but the Giants will not have tons of money this offseason due to the surplus of money spent in March. The top priority this offseason for the Giants has to be re-signing defensive end Leonard Williams. If the Giants are able to get this done, what is going to happen with Dalvin Tomlinson?

The New York Giants would prefer to keep their home-grown talent:

Tomlinson has started all 64 games since the New York Giants selected him in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft. This year, he was the Giants nominee for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award. They would absolutely love to keep Tomlinson long term, and Tomlinson hopes he can stay with Big Blue as well.

“The culture we’ve started to build around the Giants this past year is something special,” Tomlinson stated in a press conference.

The 2020 NFL salary cap was $198 million, but next year it could potentially about $20 million lower (projected to be about $7 million lower). The sad part about the salary cap decreasing next season is Leonard Williams, and Tomlinson might not get to play with each other ever again in Big Blue.

If the Giants can clear some cap and open up flexibility, it’s possible they could find a way to re-sign both Leonard Williams and Tomlinson. However, it’s becoming increasingly more unlikely they retain both unless they utilize the franchise tag. All we can do is just hope something can get done, and hopefully, we can keep our defensive line together long term.

New York Giants: Giants should “Enter the Wu” and draft Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah

Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, New York Giants

Drafting Notre Dame’s Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah would take the New York Giants defense from being a very good defense to being an elite defense.

I know what you are probably saying to yourself, “Why are we already talking about who the New York Giants should draft in the 2021 NFL Draft when there are four weeks remaining in the season, and the team is in first place in their division?”. I totally understand the confusion. In recent years, writers were forced to look ahead to NFL Draft prospects for the Giants by this time of year because the season was already over for Big Blue, and there was nothing else to look forward to.

Obviously, this year is different. If the season were to end today, the New York Giants would qualify for the playoffs, despite currently having a losing record of 5-8. The Giants are coming off a four-game win streak that has propelled them to the top of a weak NFC East. Despite their record, the team has looked exponentially better this season and looks like they could represent a difficult matchup should their current trajectory hold up and they make the playoffs.

Much of their success has been a direct result of a massive improvement on the defensive side of the ball. New defensive coordinator, Patrick Graham, has the Giants’ defense playing at a level that we have not seen in recent years. Currently, New York is ranked eighth overall in the NFL after stifling a very potent Seattle Seahawks offense that came into last week as the third-highest scoring offense in the league.

The Giants’ defense has a very solid young core that should allow them to wreak havoc on the National Football League for years to come. Their defensive line is lead by Leonard Williams (26), Dalvin Tomlinson (26), Dexter Lawrence (23), and B.J. Hill (25). The linebacking corps consists of Blake Martinez (26), Oshane Ximines (24), Lorenzo Carter (25), Devante Downs (25), Carter Coughlin (23), Cam Brown (22), David Mayo (27), and Tae Crowder (23). The secondary is made up of James Bradberry (27), Jabrill Peppers (25), Julian Love (22), Logan Ryan (29), Darnay Holmes (22), Xavier McKinney (22), and Isaac Yiadom (24). To say that this talented defense is young would be a massive understatement, with no major contributor over the age of 30 and most aged 26-years-old or younger.

The Giants will need to address the expiring contracts of Leonard Williams, Dalvin Tomlinson, and Logan Ryan, who have all played a major part in the success of this defense. According to spotrac.com, they currently are slated to have just over $18 million in remaining cap space heading into 2021, which doesn’t bode well for keeping the trio. However, moving on from Nate Solder, Kevin Zeitler, and Golden Tate would free up another $21.5 million in cap space, which may allow them to keep all three.

However, if this scenario does play out and the Giants are able to keep all three free agent defenders, they will have limited cap space remaining and will unlikely to be able to sign any additional big named free agent players. That means that the defense will have to add any additional significant improvements to the defensive unit via the NFL Draft.

While a case could be made to draft a big-play wide receiver for Daniel Jones or another young piece along the offensive line in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft, a case could be made to take an impact defensive player who can take an already excellent defense to elite status for years to come. After all, we all know that great defenses win championships.

If the Giants continue to have success to close out the 2020 season and do, in fact, make the playoffs, elite defensive talents such as Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons, edge rushers Gregory Rousseau of Miami and Carlos Basham of Wake Forest, and TCU safety Ar’Darius Washington will likely be gone when New York makes their pick. However, the best fit for the GMEN on defense will likely still be on the board when they step up to the podium. That player is Notre Dame outside linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah.

The 6’1″ and 215-pound Owusu-Koramoah, or “JOK” or “Wu,” as Irish fans affectionately know him as is a bit undersized at the linebacker position. However, Owusu-Koramoah makes up for his lack of size with incredible athletic ability. JOK has thrived as the leader of a stout Notre Dame defense the past two seasons. He has been exceptional as the rover linebacker for the Irish, recording 127 total tackles, 10 sacks, five forced fumbles, one interception, seven pass deflections, and a fumble return for a touchdown over that span.

Anyone who watches Notre Dame football is likely to notice #6 flying all over the field, seemingly making big plays at will. While Owusu-Koramoah wasn’t a big-time prospect coming out of college, rating only as a 3-star recruit out of Hampton, Virginia, his ability to make plays has catapulted him to become one of the elite defensive players in college football.

Owusu-Koramoah was recently named as a semi-finalist for the Lott IMPACT Trophy, awarded to the player who was the best defensive player with the best character in college football. Additionally, he was named as a finalist for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy (national defensive player of the year), Butkus Award (best linebacker), and Bednarik Award (best defensive player). A strong showing against Clemson in the ACC Championship game next weekend would go a long way in helping to secure those awards.

Owusu-Koramoah appears to be the perfect fit for the New York Giants in the upcoming draft. One of the few weaknesses remaining on the Giants defense is at outside linebacker. While the GMEN have arguably one of the best middle linebackers in the game in Blake Martinez, they are lacking production at the outside linebacker position. Some of this is due to losing both Oshane Ximines and Lorenzo Carter to season-ending injuries. Both Carter and Ximines have shown flashes of becoming solid pass-rushing options at the outside linebacker position, but neither is a sure thing, especially coming off of major injuries.

Adding a playmaker of Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah’s caliber to play alongside Martinez would represent a major improvement on an already impressive Giants defense. “Wu” would give Patrick Graham’s defense a player who is excellent as a pass rusher, who can provide solid coverage in the passing game, and who has a propensity to come up with huge plays at critical times. If either or both of the tandem of Carter and Ximines return and reach their potential, the linebacking group of Martinez, Owusu-Koramoah, Ximines, Carter, and the young late-round picks from last year’s draft give the Giants a very young, talented, and deep linebacking corps to go along with their young, talented, and deep defensive line and secondary.

If the New York Giants are able to secure this best-case scenario and resign the trio of Williams, Ryan, and Tomlinson and then are able to add a player of Owusu-Koramoah’s ability in the draft, this defense looks poised to be among the best in the National Football League for years to come. Having a strong defense takes a lot of pressure off of Daniel Jones and the offense. If they can pull off these moves in the offseason AND add a few offensive weapons for Jones, this team will be a legitimate Super Bowl contender.

New York Giants: Dalvin Tomlinson talks new defense, Dexter Lawrence

New York Giants, Dalvin Tomlinson

The New York Giants are learning a new defense under first-year head coach Joe Judge, administered by new defensive coordinator Patrick Graham.

Defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson is enthusiastic about the new defense, comparing it to his “Alabama days” (quotes are courtesy of Giants.com’s Dan Salomone)

“I’m super excited about the new defense. I want to help in the run and pass this year.” He says the scheme is “fun” and reminds him of his Alabama days in terms of technique.”

The Giants selected Dalvin Tomlinson with the 55th pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. Last season he totaled 49 combined tackles, three and a half sacks and nine quarterback hits. The Alabama product has started 48 games while totaling 158 combined tackles, four and a half sacks and 10 quarterback hits across his three-year NFL career.

Tomlinson is entering the final year of his rookie deal, making the 2020 season a money year. He’s one of four holdovers from former general manager Jerry Reese’s reign, wide receiver Sterling Shepard, tight end Evan Engram and running back Wayne Gallman being the other three.

The Giants projected starting defensive line features Tomlinson, Leonard Williams, and the second-year Dexter Lawrence.

Tomlinson sees Lawrence getting more “comfortable” at the NFL level in training camp.

“You get used to the NFL. You get a little more comfortable going into Year 2.”

General manager Dave Gettleman selected Lawrence with the 17th pick in the 2019 NFL Draft out of Clemson. He was one of the team’s three first-round draft selections, Duke quarterback Daniel Jones (6) and Georgia cornerback Deandre Baker (30) being the other two.

Lawrence started 16 games in his rookie season, totaling 38 combined tackles, two and a half sacks and nine quarterback hits.

Last season the Giants defense was third in the NFL in points surrendered (451), fifth in penalties (117), eighth in yards surrendered (6,037), 22nd in sacks (36), and tied for 28th in takeaways (16).

New York Giants: Two most underrated players on both sides of the ball

New York Giants, Dalvin Tomlinson

While some might rank the New York Giants’ defense at the bottom of the barrel, they have several players that constitute as playmakers. Ranging from Jabrill Peppers to Leonard Williams, you might think of the more pricey options and athletic players as the team’s best. However, the underrated players also make a significant impact, and on both sides of the ball, the Giants have a few guys who fly under the radar in production and efficiency.

Here are two New York Giants players that are criminally underrated:

1.) Dalvin Tomlinson

Tomlinson is one of the most exciting players for the Giants, but you might not see it on an everyday basis. He’s aggressive in the trenches and stops the run at an extremely high level.

Having increased his production over three seasons in the NFL, Tomlinson has never missed a game. In 2019, he racked up 3.5 sacks, 49 combined tackles, and nine quarterback hits. Some might say he is more influential than Leonard Williams, who the Giants hit with the franchise tag this off-season. Lining him up over center is where he dominates, utilizing his strong hands and arm extensions to push centers into the backfield. Tomlinson wreaks havoc at the line of scrimmage.

Tomlinson has only gotten better with technique and fundamentals over time. In addition, he is fantastic at drawing double teams. He rarely gets pushed off balance and holds his ground well, drawing in multiple blocks which opens up opportunities for pass rushers. He’s extremely efficient in the 3-technique. Of course, there are plenty of negatives to his game, but the positives outweigh them by a fair margin. He is easily one of the most underrated players on the Giants and deserves an extension come next season.

New York Giants: Why The Defensive Line Could Dominate In 2020

Since becoming general manager of the New York Giants in 2018, Dave Gettleman has put an emphasis on building up the defensive line. Since 2018, here is what the Giants have invested into their defensive line: a 2018 third-round pick, a 2018 fifth-round pick, a 2019 first-round pick, a 2019 seventh-round pick, a 2020 third-round pick and 2021 fifth-round pick in a trade to acquire Leonard Williams, and a $16.1 million franchise tag on Leonard Williams. Additionally, the Giants already had a 2017 second-round pick invested in Dalvin Tomlinson.

The Giants have invested a considerable amount in their defensive line. But this investment should pay off, as New York has a young core of highly-talented hog mollies to fill the trenches.

Young Defensive Line Talent

Dalvin Tomlinson

The Giants’ longest-tenured defensive lineman is an underrated star, Dalvin Tomlinson. The hog molly out of Alabama has been the most consistent and efficient player on the Giants’ defense since entering the league in 2017. Dalvin has not missed a game in his career, starting in 16 games every season for the past three seasons.

2019 was a career year for Tomlinson. Dalvin Tomlinson recorded 49 combined tackles with 7 tackles for loss. What made Tomlinson’s 2019 season so exciting though was his improvements as a pass-rusher. After failing to record a single sack in 2018, Tomlinson totaled a career-high 3.5 sacks in 2019. Dalvin Also totaled 13 pressures in 2019, 5 more than he did in 2018.

There is a reason to believe that Dalvin Tomlinson will improve further in 2020. When asked about new defensive coordinator Patrick Graham’s scheme, Tomlinson expressed excitement:

The scheme is fun. It reminds me of the Alabama defense and the Alabama days and the techniques I used to use and stuff like that.  – Dalvin Tomlinson via Giants.com 8/6/20

New York Giants: Is Dalvin Tomlinson The Most Underrated Player On The Giants?

New York Giants, Dalvin Tomlinson

The New York Giants‘ defensive line is slowly turning into one of the best units in the NFL. The combination of Leonard Williams, Dalvin Tomlinson, and Dexter Lawrence will leave opposing offensive lines struggling to gain ground in 2020.

On that defensive line, there is a player who is rarely talked about. Dalvin Tomlinson, the heart and soul of the Giants’ defensive front, has been one of the best and most consistent defensive linemen in the NFL over the past few years. Heading into 2020, Tomlinson is still an underrated and underappreciated talent.

Why Dalvin Tomlinson Deserves More Respect

Since entering the league as a second-round draft pick in 2017, Dalvin Tomlinson has been a rock on the Giants’ defense. Dalvin has not missed a game in his career, starting in 16 games every season for the past three seasons. Tomlinson was already a solid player in his rookie 2017 season but he has only gotten better each year.

Tomlinson finished with 50 or more tackles in each of his first two seasons. In 2017, Dalvin totaled 50 tackles, and in 2018 he totaled 59. He improved his tackles for loss total to 5 in 2018 after posting only 1 in 2017. Dalvin Tomlinson is not a flashy player, but he gets the job done.

In 2019, Dalvin Tomlinson recorded 49 combined tackles with 7 tackles for loss. What made Tomlinson’s 2019 season so exciting though was his improvements as a pass-rusher. After failing to record a single sack in 2018, Tomlinson totaled a career-high 3.5 sacks in 2019. Dalvin Also totaled 13 pressures in 2019, 5 more than he did in 2018.

Dalvin Tomlinson is far from a household name. He has never been to a Pro Bowl and he is rarely discussed as one of the best defenders on the Giants. But silently, Dalvin has been the Giants’ best defensive player over the past three years. Entering a new Alabama-like system in 2020, Tomlinson is bound to break out and get the respect he deserves (and maybe even a new contract).

New York Giants: 2 most underrated players on the roster

New York Giants, Cameron Fleming, Dalvin Tomlinson

The New York Giants have plenty of talent to utilize in 2020 and beyond. Drafting offensive tackle Andrew Thomas and safety Xavier McKinney upgrades two essential positions on both sides of the ball.

With the establishment of new head coach Joe Judge and an overhauled coaching staff in place, the team should look vastly different this year. The offensive scheme, led by Jason Garrett, should include heavy 12 personnel sets and running the football. The defense will also be different, with a focus on man coverage and blitzing on third down.

I expect the Giants to be an aggressive football team, putting their pedal to the metal. Judge is committed to playing smash-mouth football for all four quarters. However, relying on their unsung heroes will be important moving forward. The offensive line remains unpredictable, but they have established depth, which brews confidence in the unit.

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Here are two New York Giants players who are vastly underrated:

1.) Dalvin Tomlinson

Tomlinson is an extremely effective player for Big Blue. The former Alabama stand-out is 26-year-old entering the final year of his rookie deal with the Giants. He has yet to miss an NFL game and had his best season in 2019.

After the Giants traded for Leonard Williams, Tomlinson’s stats exploded. He racked up 3.5 sacks, 49 combined tackles, seven tackles for loss, and nine quarterback hits. He set career highs in sacks, tackles for a loss, and quarterback hits.

His aggression and ability in the run game are essential for success on defense. Pairing him with Dexter Lawrence and Williams should give the Giants a stellar interior presence. In addition, he is a fantastic tackler, missing just 5.8% of his tackles in 2019.

The ability to depend on him to help solidify the trenches and push the pocket is why he is so undervalued. New defensive coordinator Patrick Graham will scheme a pass rush, which will rely on the defensive tackles to collapse the pocket and open up pass rush lanes for linebackers and safeties.

Tomlinson has fantastic hand strength, giving him the ability to overpower centers and guards. He is especially effective lining up in the 0-technique, as he contains the size and strength to dominate. Starting in the three-technique, Tomlinson is great at drawing double teams and holding his ground between the guard and tackle. This gives an advantage to the Giants outside linebackers in 1v1 situations.

With just one year left on his deal, the Giants would be silly not to extend him. As a second-round pick, they don’t have the ability to pick up his fifth-year option, which requires them to offer a multi-year deal to keep him in blue for the foreseeable future.

New York Giants: Dalvin Tomlinson A Long-Term Building Block

New York Giants, Dalvin Tomlinson

The New York Giants have quickly built one of the best young defensive lines in the NFL recently. Since taking over as general manager in 2018, Dave Gettleman has invested the following into the defensive line: 2018 third-round pick, 2018 seventh-round pick, 2019 first-round pick, 2019 seventh-round pick, 2020 third-round pick, 2021 fifth-round pick, $16.1 million franchise tag.

Interestingly enough, one of the best players on the Giants’ defensive line was not a Dave Gettleman acquisition. Jerry Reese’s 2017 second-round draft pick, Dalvin Tomlinson, has been the most consistent and reliable defender on the Giants over the past few years. Soon enough, the young defensive lineman will be due for a new contract.

What Might Tomlinson’s Contract Look Like?

The interior defensive lineman position is growing particularly expensive. Aaron Donald, the league’s best at the position, signed a record-breaking contract worth $22 million on average annually in 2018. Now, Chris Jones of the Kansas City Chiefs is searching for a contract north of $20 million and could find himself on the trade block because of it. With this considered, Dalvin Tomlinson’s contract could be north of $10 million per year. However, there is reason to believe he is fully worth that contract value.

Dalvin Tomlinson Stats and Highlights

Dalvin Tomlinson is as consistent as a defensive lineman can be. In 2019, Dalvin only missed 3 tackles, a missed tackle rate of only 5.8%. In 2018 he was even more consistent, missing just one tackle (1.7%). Tomlinson has played and started in all 16 games in each of his three NFL seasons.

The 2019 season was the best of Dalvin Tomlinson’s young career. In 2019, Dalvin recorded 49 combined tackles, a career-high 7 tackles for loss, and a career-high 3.5 sacks, 13 pressures, and 7 quarterback hits.

2020 could be an even better season for Tomlinson. Tomlinson compared the Giants’ new defensive scheme to the scheme he used at Alabama in college:

“The technique kind of reminds me of my Alabama days. You can only pick up so much on virtual meetings and things like that so I feel like I’ve picked up the playbook pretty well over the virtual meetings,” Tomlinson said to Sirius XM NFL Radio.

Tomlinson has tried his best to learn the Giants’ playbook remotely, however, the COVID-19 pandemic has made that increasingly difficult for the Giants. The Gmen have a new head coach and new schemes to learn on both sides of the ball. If Dalvin Tomlinson is able to learn the new scheme by the start of the season, he could break out for another career-year.

New York Giants: New System Reminds Dalvin Tomlinson Of Alabama Days

New York Giants, Dalvin Tomlinson

There’s a lot that the New York Giants could learn from the Alabama Crimson Tide. As the Giants declined through the second half of the 2010s to enter the new decade in a rebuilding phase, Alabama has been one of the most dominant college programs in the country during the same span. Alabama is known for winning not because of a few exceptional players, but because of reliable systems. And coaches who know those systems have been hired many times by other schools looking to replicate the same success.

The Giants did that, in a way, when they hired Joe Judge. While Judge was with the Patriots when he was hired by the Giants, he also has past experience as a special teams assistant at Alabama from 2009 to 2011. It’s likely that the Giants considered that when they made the hire, and it looks like that decision might already be paying off.

According to Dalvin Tomlinson, the new defense headed by coordinator Patrick Graham reminds him of his days at Alabama.

“The technique kind of reminds me of my Alabama days. You can only pick up so much on virtual meetings and things like that so I feel like I’ve picked up the playbook pretty well over the virtual meetings,” Tomlinson said to Sirius XM NFL Radio.

But Tomlinson is still feeling the effects of the virtual offseason just like anyone else. “The experience of just being on the football field and going through drills and things like that can’t really be replaced. Just going against another person on the field every day makes you a whole better player.”

“Your technique has to be precise. If you take one wrong step, it could be a bad play and bad down for you and the whole defense. So working on and critiquing your technique day in and day out is pretty crucial. You have to drill it in day in and day out even when you’re not even practicing,” Tomlinson continued further, referring to playing on the defensive line.

Tomlinson is projected to be the starter at nose tackle by ESPN, which puts plenty of pressure on him to improve his technique in the way that he spoke about. Training camp is the first chance we’ll get to see Tomlinson and the others back in action on the field, and if everything goes to plan, that will be as soon as late July.

Why The New York Giants Should Extend Dalvin Tomlinson

New York Giants, Dalvin Tomlinson

The New York Giants are building one of the best defensive lines in the NFL. Dave Gettleman has invested plenty of assets into the front line of defense since taking over as general manager in 2018. Gettleman has invested the following into the defensive line: 2018 third-round pick, 2018 seventh-round pick, 2019 first-round pick, 2019 seventh-round pick, 2020 third-round pick, 2021 fifth-round pick, $16.1 million franchise tag.

Granted, this investment has paid off. The Giants have an excellent defensive line and it is the strongest unit on the roster. Interestingly, though, the one defensive lineman that Gettleman did not acquire himself is actually the best on the team: 2017 second-round pick Dalvin Tomlinson.

Dalvin Tomlinson Stats and Highlights

In 2019, third-year defensive lineman Dalvin Tomlinson had a career-year. Tomlinson saw his stats double upon the arrival of defensive end Leonard Williams. In 2019, Dalvin recorded 49 combined tackles, a career-high 7 tackles for loss, and a career-high 3.5 sacks, 13 pressures, and 7 quarterback hits.

Dalvin Tomlinson has not recorded a single penalty in his entire career. He is a disciplined, reliable defender that makes life difficult for opposing linemen and running backs. Another testament to Tomlinson’s reliability is his missed tackle rate. Dalvin only missed 3 tackles in 2019, a missed tackle rate of only 5.8%. In 2018 he was even more consistent, missing just one tackle (1.7%). On top of that, Tomlinson has never missed a game in his career.

Dalvin Tomlinson’s Contract

Entering his fourth season, the Giants will soon need to make a decision regarding Dalvin Tomlinson’s contract. He was a second-round pick so they do not have a fifth-year option on his contract. The Giants will need to decide whether or not to extend Tomlinson after the 2020 season.

Dalvin Tomlinson has been the most consistent and efficient defender on the Giants for the past three years. He absolutely deserves a contract extension and the Giants cannot afford to let him walk. The Giants might have depth on the defensive line, but Tomlinson is arguably their best defender. At only 26 years-old, Dalvin is someone the Giants should lock in for the long haul.