New York Giants: Where Will The Pass-Rush Come From In 2020?

New York Giants, Patrick Graham

The New York Giants‘ defense has struggled to pressure opposing quarterbacks in recent seasons. The Giants lack a top edge rusher on their current roster. Markus Golden was a solid contributor in 2019, totaling 10 sacks, but he is not guaranteed to remain with the Giants in 2020. Now, with a new defensive scheme being installed and a new group of defenders added, where will the pass-rush come from in 2020?

Patrick Graham’s Defensive Scheme

The majority of the pass-rush will come from new defensive coordinator Patrick Graham’s scheme. Patrick Graham runs a blitz-heavy, man-to-man defense:

“Graham had a great defensive scheme in place. The two major play calls of the Miami defense were blitzing and man to man coverage. Graham was very clever with his blitzing packages, using a variety of linebacker and defensive back blitzes. In Miami, Graham would also send in delayed blitzes to really disturb an offense. This was not just done in between the gaps; the blitzes came from different spots on the field. The Dolphins Blitzed on 35% of their snaps, 41% on third down (which was the third-most in the league). The Dolphins ran man to man coverage 50% of the time in the 2019 season and would often show blitz and drop back into coverage. This was a great strategy in the Graham defense, keeping opposing offenses on their toes because of the constant blitzing formations.” – Jack Quartararo of Empire Sports Media

With an emphasis on blitzing, Patrick Graham will scheme together the Giants’ pass rush. The Giants’ defense will run many complex blitzes to get after opposing quarterbacks. But who will be executing these blitzes for the Giants?

The Personnel

The Giants do not have a top-tier edge rusher. None of the players on the team’s roster are expected to dominate opposing offensive lines and rack up 15 sacks in a season. However, the team has added some underrated players. These players fit perfectly into Patrick Graham’s scheme and will help him generate a pass rush.

Kyler Fackrell, the former Green Bay Packers edge rusher, was one of the Giants’ key additions in the 2020 offseason. In 2018, with a career-high in snaps, Kyler Fackrell recorded career-highs with 10.5 sacks, 42 combined tackles, 12 tackles for loss, and 18 pressures. In 2019, though, Fackrell saw a huge decrease in playing time, being on the field for only 40% of the team’s snaps. Maybe reuniting with Graham and seeing an increase in playing time will lead to another 10+ sack season from Kyler Fackrell.

The Giants’ new addition in their secondary, safety Xavier McKinney, will also help boost the defense’s pass rush. According to Pro Football Focus, Xavier recorded 21 pressures across 71 pass-rushing snaps in the last two years. He also totaled 3 sacks in each of his last two seasons. McKinney is an excellent pass-rusher from the safety position, making him a perfect fit in Patrick Graham’s blitz-heavy system.

In 2020, the New York Giants will have to implore a pass-rush by committee. The scheme will need to generate pressure to make up for the lack of a top-tier edge rusher on the team. Luckily for Patrick Graham, he has a group of underrated pass rushers at multiple positions that will help him get the job done.

New York Giants: Keep A Close Eye On These Players When Camp Is Here

New York Giants, Lorenzo Carter

The New York Giants, like the rest of the NFL, have missed out on a lot during this offseason due to facilities around the league being shut down for the spring due to COVID-19. However, it increasingly looks like training camp is going to happen as usual, starting in late July – even if the preseason is likely to be shortened to a couple of weeks thanks to awkward scheduling.

When the players do hit the field once again though, to work out together for the first time during 2020, which players are the ones worth keeping an eye on? Here’s three players to pay attention to, for both positive and negative reasons.

OLB Lorenzo Carter

The Giants are waiting on Lorenzo Carter. And they have been waiting on Lorenzo Carter. Carter was drafted in 2018 but after a pair of seasons where the outside linebacker performed somewhat under the expectation in tackles and sacks, many are wondering if Carter is even the right player for the spot.

Carter has increased competition this season after the Giants signed Kyler Fackrell at the same position specifically to help with the pass rush. The team also brings back Oshane Ximines, and if the Giants manage to bring back sack leader Markus Golden despite Golden’s free agency dragging on all the way into late June, Carter will have to deal with an even more crowded outside linebacker position with multiple other players who have statistically performed better than him.

It’s a make or break season for Carter despite being one of the regulars in the linebacker group during 2019. If his training camp performance is poor, those starts at OLB may not be so regular and Carter may find himself with a lesser percentage of the team’s snaps compared to others.

CB DeAndre Baker

So far, it looks like DeAndre Baker has a good shot to beat his legal case and return to football after multiple witnesses have claimed that he isn’t guilty of the crime he’s been accused of.

But Baker hitting the field again doesn’t necessarily mean all of his troubles will go away instantly. Baker’s missed time with the team during this offseason already because of his legal trouble, and while the Giants have been limited to a virtual program just like the rest of the league, the time spent still counts for something.

It’s an advantage for Baker’s rivals such as Sam Beal, who have a chance to move up and position themselves as the number two corner next to James Bradberry if they can outperform Baker early on, starting with camp.

After all, even if Baker is back in the game physically, there’s no telling if his head will be in the game immediately after a stressful legal situation.

OLB Kyler Fackrell

Another player on the defense and specifically the defensive line, Kyler Fackrell is another important name to keep an eye on not just for camp but for the entire season.

That’s because the Giants seem unlikely to come to a deal with Markus Golden, and they’re relying on him to fill the gap that Golden leaves in their team. The Giants haven’t been good in the sacks department for a long time now and Golden was their one saving grace in that area. If he’s gone, someone else is going to have to fill in for the production if the Giants don’t want to stay where they are or decline further in that area.

Fackrell had 10.5 sacks in 2018 but only had 1.5 last season. He was supplanted by others, playing in 16 games for Green Bay but starting none of them. It’s a concerning performance and the Giants will need Fackrell to bounce back to have a good pass rush this season.

All of that starts in camp. It’s worth paying attention to reports about how Fackrell has done once training camp begins.

New York Giants: New EDGE Kyler Fackrell Will Be A Huge Boost To The Team’s Pass Rush

New York Giants, Kyler Fackrell

The New York Giants‘ defense has struggled to rush quarterbacks in recent years. The team has not had a premier edge rusher in quite some time and has missed out on the top prospects in recent drafts, such as Josh Allen and Chase Young.

A primary pass-rusher is arguably the Giants’ biggest need. However, not having that top-tier rusher might not be necessary for the 2020 New York Giants. Patrick Graham, the new defensive coordinator, is known for running an aggressive, blitz-heavy scheme that generates a fair amount of pressure. On top of that, the Giants have a solid stable of edge rushers at their disposal, the best of which being Kyler Fackrell who will provide the Giants with a huge boost to their pass rush.

Kyler Fackrell and Patrick Graham

The New York Giants signed edge rusher Kyler Fackrell to a one-year contract worth $4.6 million this offseason. Fackrell is 28 years old and has spent his entire career with the Green Bay Packers. Kyler’s time in Green Bay give him a connection to Giants’ defensive coordinator Patrick Graham.

Patrick Graham worked with the Green Bay Packers in 2018 as their linebackers coach & run game coordinator. During that 2018 season, Fackrell and Graham got to know each other very well:

“We had that year together and we became super close, he was my inside linebacker coach,” Martinez said. “For me, what made me so excited to work with him this year and the following years is how smart he is. I think he is probably the smartest coach I’ve ever been around. The preparation he puts in every week, his intensity, just how much he cares about the game of football. It just allowed me to go in every Sunday or Monday or Thursday games fully prepared. I never felt like I didn’t know what play was going to happen next.” – Kyler Fackrell on Giants Defensive Coordinator Patrick Graham

That 2018 season was not only special because Fackrell worked with Patrick Graham. That 2018 season was also special because it was the best season of Kyler Fackrell’s career so far. While working with Graham in 2018, Fackrell played 59% of the Packers’ defensive snaps, a career-high. Kyler also started in 7 games and played in all 16. In 2019, though, Fackrell saw a huge decrease in playing time, being on the field for only 40% of the team’s snaps.

Why Kyler Fackrell Will Bounce Back In 2020

That decrease in playing time was caused by the Packers’ big free-agency additions. Green Bay signed both Preston Smith and Zadarious Smith, two highly-talented edge rushers that pushed Kyler Fackrell down the depth chart.

Kyler Fackrell will be atop the Giants’ depth chart in 2020. He will once again be coached by Patrick Graham and he will see an increase in snaps. In that 2018 season with a career-high in snaps, Kyler Fackrell recorded career-highs with 10.5 sacks, 42 combined tackles, 12 tackles for loss, and 18 pressures. In addition to that, according to his former Packers and now current Giants teammate Blake Martinez, Kyler Fackrell is “one of the best zone coverage linebackers in the NFL.

The Giants found a special, underrated talent in free agency this offseason. Kyler Fackrell is a player who has struggled to see the field, but never due to any injuries. The Packers simply did not utilize Fackrell’s skillset and they certainly did not value it more than the skillset of the Smiths.

The New York Giants will have no choice but to utilize Kyler Fackrell as their primary pass-rusher in 2020. Maybe reuniting with Graham and seeing an increase in playing time will lead to another 10+ sack season from Kyler Fackrell.

Are the New York Giants taking too big a risk on their pass rush in 2020?

New York Giants, Markus Golden

The New York Giants will either have a solid pass rush in  2020 or struggle significantly with the lack of proven talent on the roster. One could argue that the Giants are taking too big a risk with the current pass rushers on the team.

The only player they signed in free agency was Kyler Fackrell, who stands at 6-foot-5 and 245 pounds. His last successful season was in 2018 when Patrick Graham was his linebackers coach. Fackrell tallied 10.5 sacks, 12 quarterback hits and posted a 14.3% missed tackle rate. From these numbers, we can conclude that Fackrell was a solid pass rusher two years ago, but he missed a good amount of tackles to pair with his 10.5 sacks. He must improve in that category significantly after posting an 11.5 missed tackle rate in 2019.

Nonetheless, he has proven to be healthy over the course of four years in the NFL, and he lost his starting position to Za’Darius Smith and Preston Smith last year, setting him back in his progression. While there is optimism, he can replicate his 2018 performance, having only one good year as his sample size does not breed optimism. We can hope for the best, but there is a very real chance Fackrell could be a dud.

The Giants are also placing their confidence in homegrown players. Both Lorenzo Carter and Oshane Ximines will play in expanded roles moving forward, despite Carter regressing in 2019.

In nearly double the number of snaps from his rookie season to 2019, his numbers either remained the same or worsened. He only recorded .5 sacks more in 2019 (4.0 –> 4.5), and he logged a 15.1% missed tackle right after not missing a single tackle in 2018. Taking that far of a step backward might actually be a good thing because we know what he’s capable of and the potential he has.

This season is clearly an outlier, and if you can reverse this negative trend, Carter can be a successful player with Big Blue.

The New York Giants could have a stud in Oshane Ximines:

On to Oshane Ximines, who posted 4.5 sacks and nine quarterback hits on just 45% of defensive snaps in 2019. I anticipate he will earn more reps and hopefully emerge as a quality pass rusher for the Giants. He didn’t miss a single tackle last year, and he showed a wide array of pass rush moves that justify optimism. He utilizes a nice speed rush, arm chops, swim moves, you name it. For a player out of Old Dominion, a lower-tier D1 school, he certainly requires more pass rush moves than the average prospect. I expect big things from him in 2020, and he certainly has the skill set to prove me right.

The next player on the list is Markus Golden, who the Giants placed a free agent tender on this off-season. Ultimately, if he doesn’t sign elsewhere, he will stick with the Giants on a one-year, $5 million deal, which is about 110% of his 2019 contract.

Golden was the best pass rusher for the Giants in his redemption year last season, posting double-digit sack numbers and getting after the quarterback frequently. He was the leader on the defensive line, but the Giants were all but ready to let him walk in free agency before hitting him with a relatively cheap tender. If he sticks with the team, the Giants could have a solid pass rush to work with.

It is also fair to mention that defensive coordinator Patrick Graham utilizes a schemed pass rush, including linebackers and safety blitzes. The Giants also bolstered the interior of their defensive line with Leonard Williams, to help the outside linebackers put pressure on opposing quarterbacks. This defense is going to rush the passer on all different fronts, so we should expect a unique system that focuses on unpredictability.

The New York Giants’ pass rush could come together nicely in 2020

New York Giants, Oshane Ximines

Taking a look at the New York Giants‘ pass rush and how it could come together in 2020:

This week the Giants used the rare free agent tender to lock down Markus golden for the 2020 season. This does not guarantee his services but rather grants the Giants rights over his contract next season unless he can find a different team to play for that is willing to pay a higher price. The deal would be 110% of his 2019 contract, so he would earn around $5 million next season if he fails to sign elsewhere — a low number for a player who racked 10 sacks last year.

This would be a huge boost to the Giants’ defensive unit that was scheduled to lose Golden in free agency. The only allocations they spent in free agency toward a replacement was for Kyler Fackrell, who recorded 10.5 sacks in 2018 but fell into a reserve role last year, playing just 40% of snaps and logging one sack on zero starts.

His playing time fell off tremendously after defensive coordinator Patrick Graham left the Green Bay Packers and moved on to the Miami Dolphins. However, Graham and Fackrell will reunite this upcoming season in New York, in the hope is they can replicate is 2018 performance. Prior to Golden receiving the tender, the Giants were expected to elevate Oshane Ximines, their third-round draft pick in 2019, to a more significant role.

Ximines had a solid rookie campaign, playing in 45% of defense of snaps and recording 4.5 sacks. In an increased workload, the expectation is that he can post reasonable numbers and utilize his array of pass rush moves to help the defense. With minimal cap space available, the Giants weren’t in a position to allocate elite pass-rusher money in the market, which forced them to rely on Fackrell and Oshane before Golden re-entered the picture.

A unit consisting of Golden, Ximines, and Fackrell would be able to generate enough pressure to help the Giants succeed in 2020. Considering how much they spent on the secondary this off-season and the drafting of Xavier McKinney, the unit should be improved. Patrick Graham is known for his blitzing schemes and heavily involving linebackers and safeties, which suggests that the Giants will likely incorporate multiple positions into their system.

New York Giants: Dave Gettleman Hints That Markus Golden Isn’t In The Plans

New York Jets, Markus Golden

The New York Giants are likely going to go into the 2020 season relying on Kyler Fackrell to be the sacks leader rather than Markus Golden, and as the offseason continues, there’s more signs from the front office pointing to no deal getting done with Golden, a current free agent who hasn’t had much luck on the market. Golden is still available for the Giants to sign, but there hasn’t been any reported progress in coming to a deal, and recent quotes from General Manager Dave Gettleman indicate that Golden is likely outside of the current plans of the team.

That’s because signing Golden to a long term deal now would hurt the Giants’ cap situation in the future, something that Getleman basically stated outright in a conference call on Monday where he referenced the number of young players that the Giants have, who will eventually need new contracts.

“Well, part of the tight rope that I walk on is short-term and long-term. Part of the long-term is we have some good, young players right now. We’ve got Dalvin Tomlinson, Engram, and Peppers. We have to make decisions on them. They’re some good, young players. After another year, you guys are going to be banging on me about Saquon,” Gettleman told the press.

He would go on to make a comparison to his time in Carolina and having to renew certain players or face backlash from the fans.

“I’d say, ‘Listen, you’re going to kill me about this? Well, you’re going to double kill me when we don’t have money to extend Luke Kuechly or Cam Newton or whomever.’ It’s a collaborative decision we make as we talk about how we’re moving forward. Right now, this is the decision we made. We’re just going to move forward the way we are now,” Gettleman said.

The Giants will have to rely on Kyler Fackrell as one of their main pass rushers this season if they don’t renew Golden, and Fackrell isn’t exactly a household name nor was he successful last season with the Packers. The Giants are banking on his past experience being useful to the team.

“(Kyler) Fackrell, two years ago, had double digit sacks and Green Bay went out and bought two high sack guys and he became a rotational part-time player. We feel good about that. You have to keep building, we are excited about the draft, there are some good players there. We are just going to continue to get better, nothing is ever done,” Gettleman said about Fackrell specifically.

There’s no room for Fackrell to not have a bounce back season this year – Golden was the undisputed top pass rusher on the Giants roster last season and if the Giants don’t have another player step up with the same production, they’ll easily be one of the worst teams in the league again in that area. The difference in the Giants picking up another win or two this season may just be whether or not their new pass rusher steps up.

New York Giants Announce New Free Agent Numbers

New York Giants, James Bradberry

The New York Giants announced the numbers that their newly signed free agents will be wearing in 2020. The Giants announced the numbers for ten of the twelve free agents they signed this offseason. The two players whose numbers have not been announced are Corey Coleman and Casey Kreiter. Coleman will likely wear the same number he wore with the Giants the last two seasons (19) but Casey Kreiter will have to find himself a new number. He wore 42 in Denver but the New York Giants have retired that number.

The New Numbers:

James Bradberry- 24

Colt McCoy- 12

Levine Toilolo- 83

Austin Johnson- 93

Blake Martinez- 54

Kyler Fackrell- 51

Cameron Fleming- 75

Eric Tomlinson- 85

Nate Ebner- 43

Dion Lewis- 33

Numbers of Notice:

James Bradberry will be keeping his number 24 from Carolina. The Giants did have a number 24 on the roster in 2019. Rookie safety Julian Love wore 24 after switching from the number 37 that he wore during the preseason. Love will undergo another number change in 2020. After giving 24 to Bradberry, Julian will switch to number 20 for the upcoming NFL season.

The Giants also gave number 51 to new pass-rusher Kyler Fackrell. This number was occupied in 2019- and the twelve seasons prior. 51 was the number donned by long snapper Zak DeOssie since 2007. But the Giants are moving on from DeOssie this season, signing free agent long snapper Casey Kreiter. So, for the first time in 13 years, number 51 will be worn by a player not named Zak DeOssie.

Do the New York Giants have a lowkey stud in Kyler Fackrell?

New York Giants, Kyler Fackrell

When the New York Giants invested $4.6 million in free-agent defender Kyler Fackrell, most were confused by the only pass rush move GM Dave Gettleman has made this offseason.

Fackrell is a determined player that has shown quality in the past, specifically in 2018, when he logged 10.5 sacks and 12 quarterback hits. Luckily, Patrick Graham was Green Bay’s linebackers coach when Fackrell has his best professional season to date, which is motivating considering Graham is now the Giants’ defensive coordinator.

The most concerning part of the offseason is that Fackrell has been the only allocation toward the pass rush unit, implying that the coaching staff is confident in young guns like Oshane Ximines and Lorenzo Carter.

Can the New York Giants bring the most out of Kyler Fackrell?

The former Packer followed up his stellar 2018 campaign with a one-sack performance last season, primarily due to being replaced by Za’Darius Smith and Preston Smith. Fackrell has the talent and skill-set to feature as a starter in the NFL, but he also needs to right coaching, which is where Graham comes into play.

“I believe I am better than a one-sack guy,’’ Fackrell said Thursday on a conference call. “That’s really what I am going to try and prove.’’

“I have the utmost confidence in myself,’’ Fackrell said. “I think that I’m a very versatile 3-4 [strong side] outside linebacker. I love to rush and I think I’m good at it, and I take a lot of pride in dropping and making plays in space as well. I think in the kind of core defense we played in Green Bay, and I think Patrick Graham runs kind of a similar style of defense, having a versatile outside linebacker like that is very valuable. As far as, yeah, I know that I didn’t produce the way I wanted to last year, but I think I have a great opportunity to do that this year.’’

Kyler is a smart player on defense, reading the quarterback’s eyes for screen passes or short dump-offs. He also has a good motor with power. He’s quick around the edge and uses a solid bull-rush to compensate for his minimal arsenal of pass rush moves — he likes to use his hands to swipe away outstretched offensive tackles but predominantly resorts to speed to force quarterbacks to step up into the pocket.

Interestingly, the outside linebacker has even dropped into coverage at times closer to the goal-line. On 10 targets in 2018, he allowed only a 40% completion rate. Nothing to be excited about, but he can be used diversely.

Overall, I like Fackrell as a player, and with the Giants building out their interior defensive line to act as de-facto pass rush in a sense, they want the former Packer to use his speed around the edge to force QBs to step up into the pocket. This will allow the front three big-men to collapse the pocket and swallow quarterback’s up to increase pressure-rate.

Are The New York Giants Setting Their Defense Up For Isaiah Simmons?

New York Giants looking at Isaiah Simmons in 2020 NFL Draft?

The New York Giants made a couple of big-splash signings on the first day of free agency. New York landed cornerback James Bradberry and linebacker Blake Martinez, both of which will be new starters on the defense making over $10 million per year.

What NFL teams do in free agency usually indicates what they are planning to do in the draft. The Giants’ general manager Dave Gettleman once said, “You address issues with free agency so that you can set yourself up in the draft so you take the best player available.”

Who would be the best player available for the Giants with the fourth overall pick? Most likely, linebacker Isaiah Simmons. But the Giants just signed three linebackers: Blake Martinez, Kyler Fackrell, and David Mayo. Does this mean they will not be drafting Simmons? Well, it might actually indicate the opposite.

The Giants Did Not Improve Their Linebackers’ Coverage Ability

The biggest complaint Giants fans have with the Blake Martinez signing is not about the player’s actual talent level. Instead, it is about Martinez’s playing strengths and style. Blake Martinez is not a coverage linebacker. In 2019, Martinez allowed a completion percentage of 83.8% in his coverage. Giants fans will criticize this signing because Cory Littleton and Joe Schobert, linebackers who are known for being able to make plays in coverage, were signed to contracts similar in price to that of Martinez.

The Giants’ inability to guard athletic tight ends and receiving running backs has been the Achilles heel of the defense for years. Former Giants’ linebacker Alec Ogletree allowed a completion percentage of 83.0% in his coverage in 2019. The Blake Martinez signing (83.8%) does not exactly fix this error in the Giants’ defense. But there is another linebacker who will be available this season that could fix that error.

Isaiah Simmons’s top strength is his ability to make plays in coverage. Simmons, the Swiss-Army-Knife defender out of Clemson is the top linebacker prospect in the 2020 NFL Draft. He is expected to be on the board when the Giants are picking fourth overall and he is expected to be the best defensive player available. Gettleman wants to take the best player available, but after investing heavily in the linebacker position in free agency, will he? Many fans believe Gettleman’s moves in free agency signal that he will be going offensive tackle in the first round of the draft. Here is why that might not be true:

Isaiah Simmons Would Mesh Perfectly With The Giants’ Linebackers

Blake Martinez and David Mayo are prototypical run-stuffing inside linebackers. Martinez racked up 144 tackles in 2017, 155 tackles in 2018, and 144 tackles in 2019. He is known for being a stalwart run-defender. But he is also known, as stated above, for struggling in pass-coverage.

In 2019, David Mayo totaled 82 combined tackles in 13 games. Additionally, Mayo had 5 tackles for loss and 2 sacks. However, Mayo’s coverage was targeted 29 times and he allowed 19 completions, a 65.5% completion percentage. His poor performance in coverage makes it hard to imagine the Giants relying on him and Martinez as their primary inside linebackers. Neither Martinez nor Mayo are proficient in coverage. But Isaiah Simmons is.

According to Pro Football Focus, Isaiah Simmons has allowed only 6.0 yards per target and has earned a PFF coverage grade of 92.5. Isaiah Simmons is exceptional in man-coverage. He has the coverage-ability of a safety but has the size to play linebacker in the NFL. Simmons is no pushover in run-defense either, totaling 104 tackles in 2019 to go along with his 3 interceptions.

All of this falls perfectly in line with what head coach Joe Judge said during his introductory press conference:

Let them play to their strengths. Don’t sit in a meeting and tell me what you don’t have in a player. Don’t tell me they can’t do certain things, tell me what they can do and then we’ll figure out as coaches, because that’s our job, how we can use that. –Joe Judge, head coach of the New York Giants

The Giants’ new head coach plans to play his players to their strengths. If that holds true, do not expect to see Blake Martinez and David Mayo lined up in man coverage on tight ends and slot receivers very often. If the Giants do in fact draft Isaiah Simmons, he will be lining up in man coverage while Martinez plugs the gaps in run defense and blitzes on passing downs. Adding Simmons into the fold masks Martinez’s weaknesses and allows the defense to operate at an efficient level with the linebackers playing to their strengths.

New York Giants land linebacker with nice ceiling – familiar with Patrick Graham

New York Giants, Kyler Fackrell

The New York Giants signed former Green Bay Packers’ linebacker Blake Martinez on Monday and landed his teammate, Kyler Fackrell, on Tuesday.

Martinez signed a three-year, $10 million deal with the Giants to feature as one of their starting linebackers. His immense tackle numbers (155 combined in 2019) prove his worth, and he will act as the MIKE MLB on the Giants’ defense. He’s very familiar with Giants’ defensive coordinator, Patrick Graham, who joined Big Blue from the Miami Dolphins this offseason.

As for Fackrell, the Giants are getting a solid player who has a high ceiling. In 2018, when Graham featured as his LB coach, he posted 10.5 sacks and 42 combined tackles. Last season, he was pushed into a reserve role, playing in all 16 contests but failing to earn a start. He tallied just 1.0 sack, 23 tackles, and 10 QB hits.

If Graham can bring the most out of Fackrell, he can end up being a competitive player who adds pass rush depth to the defense. He signed a one-year, $4.6 million deal with the Giants.