New York Giants’ offensive line needs to bounce back against Myles Garrett & the Browns

The New York Giants‘ offensive line put together a pitiful performance last week. The Giants’ linemen allowed eight total sacks last Sunday, costing New York’s offense 64 total yards. This week, the Giants have another tall task as they prepare to defend against Myles Garrett and the Cleveland Browns’ strong defensive line.

The Cleveland Browns’ defensive line has racked up 34 sacks this season. 10.5 of those sacks have come from elite pass-rusher Myles Garrett alone. Andrew Thomas and the Giants’ offensive line will have their hands full as they try to bounce back from a horrible Week 14 performance.

Myles Garrett and the Browns defensive line

In Week 15, the Giants will defend against a Browns’ defensive line that has been consistently getting after the quarterback this season. Myles Garrett, in particular, has been an absolute game-wrecking in 2020.

Myles Garrett was the first overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. Since then, he has been one of the best pass-rushers in the NFL on a year-by-year basis. He had a career-year in 2018, totaling a career-high 13.5 sacks that season. In 2019, though, Garrett was primed to surpass that sack total before being given a lengthy suspension that ended his season. In 10 games last year Garrett racked up 10 sacks.

2020 has seen Garrett put together another elite season. He has 10.5 sacks on the year through 13 games and a career-high 4 forced fumbles. Myles has been a nightmare for opposing offense this season. He leads the NFL in forced turnovers pressures (7 total) and has the second-highest pass-rushing grade in the NFL according to Pro Football Focus.

Myles’s 10.5 sacks are tied for the third-most in the NFL this season. He has been applying a tremendous amount of pressure to quarterbacks, totaling 41 pressures this season (eighth-most) with a 12.4% pressure rate (ninth-best).

Myles Garrett has been a dominant force on the Browns’ defense this season. But he is not the only talented pass-rusher on Cleveland’s underrated defense. Former Giants’ pass-rusher Olivier Vernon is having an excellent season as a member of the Browns this year and is coming off of a 2-sack performance in Week 14. Vernon has 7 sacks on the season and will help Garrett apply pressure to Colt McCoy this Sunday night.

The Giants’ offensive line will have their hands full against Myles Garrett, Olivier Vernon, and Sheldon Richardson (who has earned 4.5 sacks as well). A better performance than what the Giants’ offensive line put together last week is a necessity for New York’s offense to achieve success against the Cleveland Browns.

Should the New York Giants consider bringing back Olivier Vernon in 2020?

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With reports stating that the Cleveland Browns could be releasing pass-rusher Olivier Vernon, it opens the door for the New York Giants to consider re-signing him for the season ahead.

The Browns will offer Vernon an ultimatum, which includes a pay-cut from his $15.5 million non-guaranteed salary on the final year of his deal. After sustaining injuries in 2019, Vernon’s return to the Browns seems unlikely, according to Rotoworld:

Vernon is owed a non-guaranteed $15.5 million in the final year of his deal. After an injury-shortened 2019, Vernon would likely need a pay cut to return with the Browns — something he’s seems unlikely to accept. Cleveland may look to free agency — they’ve been linked to Everson Griffen — to replace Vernon as Myles Garrett’s bookend.

Vernon only played in 10 games last season, logging 3.5 sacks and 11 QB hits. While his production took a significant hit, he’s still capable of putting together productive totals. However, he hasn’t breached 8.5 sacks since 2013 with the Miami Dolphins.

The New York Giants don’t need to look his way but could:

While I don’t imagine the Giants will consider him in free agency, he’s a much cheaper option than the free agents readily available. Yannick Ngakoeu is reportedly seeking $22 million in free agency, a seemingly expensive price for a good but not great pass-rusher.

Vernon will be 30 years old this year, indicating he’s still physically in his prime and ready to make a comeback in the numbers department. Injuries have hurt his progress and momentum in the NFL but scooping him up on a cheaper deal might be a decent move.

If he’s willing to accept $10 million in free agency, the Giants could also bring back Markus Golden and completely revamp their secondary. Again, Vernon hasn’t been cut just yet by Cleveland, but it’s seeming likely that he hits the open market one year early. Grabbing him on a one-year prove-it deal might give Big Blue an opportunity to extract the most value out of him without having to sign him to a multi-year contract.

Dave Gettleman is looking quite intelligent for trading him away in return for right guard Kevin Zeitler, right about now.

 

New York Giants News, 7/28 – A positive from training camp

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While Golden Tate earned a four-game suspension for violating the league’s PES rules, others were actively participating in practice and refining their skills.

Tate released a statement saying the failed drug test was a result of fertility treatments he was undergoing. Several other players have used this excuse before to no avail — unable to avoid the pending suspension. This time around, it’s tough to say whether Tate will find his way around the league’s internal legal system.

Worst case scenario, he serves the four-game suspension and still participates in training camp and pre-season.

However, the bright spot on the Giants so far has been sophomore pass rusher, Lorenzo Carter. The former Georgia Bulldog looks ready to break out and have a dominant 2019 season. His quickness off the line of scrimmage has been impressive and an athletic interception off Eli Manning on a screen pass attests to that.

In his second season, Carter will be tasked with replacing the production of Olivier Vernon, a tall task but a possible one given Vernon’s injury history. I anticipate a big year from Carter based on what he’s shown us so far.

Nonetheless–

Your top Giants news of the day!

Michael Eisen (Giants.com) – Hog Mollies rejoice as Giants put on the pads

Terez Paylor (Yahoo News) – Possible 400-touch year awaits Saquon Barkley as injuries, suspension and no Odell Beckham Jr, loom large for Giants

Dan Salomone (Giants.com) – Who stood out Saturday at Giants Training Camp?

Steve Serby (NY Post) – Evan Engram is Giants’ best answer to receiving turmoil

Alexander Wilson (Empire Sports Media) – New York Giants: 3 wide receivers to replace Corey Coleman

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New York Giants: Can Oshane Ximines crack the starting roster in 2019?

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The New York Giants spent their third round pick on pass-rusher Oshane Ximines this past NFL Draft, and a lot is weighing down on the defender as he theoretically replaces Olivier Vernon.

Vernon, who was an extremely effective player while on the field, struggled with injuries in recent years. However, he did manage to squeeze out a Pro Bowl appearance last season. Ximines has big shoes to fill, but many NFL executives were high on him coming out of college.

Old Dominion isn’t a top tier school for football, considering Oshane was their first ever draft pick. It was interesting, though, that the Giants didn’t select a pass-rusher in the first round when they had three picks. Waiting until the third round to address a position of weakness could backfire this upcoming season, but it’s yet to be seen what type of influence Ximines has on the defense.

In 2018, the Old Dominion product was fantastic, picking up 58 total tackles, 11.5 sacks, and 18 tackles for a loss. He also forced four fumbles, two passes defended, and an interception. His playmaking ability can translate to the next level, he will need to adapt to the speed and physicality of professional athletes.

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What will Oshane Ximines’ biggest hurdle be with the New York Giants?

The obstacle Oshane will face with Big Blue is changing positions from defensive end to outside linebacker. He will be forced to learn coverage packages and cover running backs at times and drop back into zone. It will be interesting to see his adaptation and if he can succeed in a revised role.

I anticipate Ximines will be a rotational pass-rusher in 2019 and will focus on developing his abilities. Earning 55 pressures last season, he’s more than capable of providing value in his rookie season. The offseason and training camp will be important to how impactful he can be.

New York Giants: Can the forgotten Avery Moss make an impact in 2019?

New York Giants, Avery Moss

What can New York Giants pass-rusher Avery Moss bring to the table during the 2019 season? Hopefully, more than practice squad reps.

Most of you probably don’t remember Avery Moss and the influence he’s had on the Giants…that’s right, he hasn’t had an influence. Moss spent all of 2018 on the practice squad on an average defense and barely played in his rookie season two years ago.

In fact, the chances of Moss making any sort of impact in 2019 are slim to none, but “never say never” a young apostle in Justin Bieber once said (joking!).

However, the Giants are thin on proven edge-rushers, which ultimately presents Moss with a small opportunity to break into the active roster and earn some playing time. In 2017, he started in two games, picking up 14 tackles and five quarterback hits. Not a bad bout of production but certainly nothing to write home about.

After what seemed to be a decent performance, Moss completely fell off the face of the earth, being buried by average players that earned the Giants a 23rd ranked defense last season. Not ideal for a player that seemed to have a spark to him in his rookie campaign.

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The New York Giants certainly presented Avery Moss with a hurdle:

The biggest challenge for Moss has been adapting to the outside linebacker role, something even Olivier Vernon stated he struggled with. The positioning and diversity of the position is much different than a tradition pass-rushing defensive end. That’s where his falloff occurred, but it’s possible he’s adapted to the position after a year learning the role in the shadows.

He will have a fair shot at making the team during training camp this offseason, and we should look to see if he’s developed a bit more awareness in shallow coverage and rushing the passer from an upright position. All of these factors play into the outside linebacker position.

 

New York Giants News, 6/25 – Lorenzo Carter primed for big 2019

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The Giants did very little to supplement the loss of pass-rusher Olivier Vernon this offseason. Drafting Oshane Ximines and signing Markus Golden, a player that hasn’t seen a productive season in three years, ultimately creates more question marks than bonafide answers.

However, one player that really intrigues me is Lorenzo Carter. Going into his second season, there’s reason to believe 2019 could be a breakout year for the former Georgia Bulldog.

After earning four sacks, 10 quarterback hits, and seven tackles for a loss last season, the expectations for the lanky pass-rusher have grown. His elite athleticism and bend around the edge give him a unique advantage, but he will need to further develop his moves to fully reach his potential.

The 2019 season should give him the perfect opportunity to show what he’s learned after a year of NFL experience. The Giants are hoping he can at least replicate the production of Vernon and the 11 games he played last year. If Carter could collect seven sacks, 21 QB hits, and five tackles for a loss, I would say it would have been a successful campaign.

Nonetheless–

Your Giants top news of the day!

Ed Valentine (Big Blue View) – Lorenzo Carter better be a breakout pass rusher

Bryan Perez (With the first pick) – Tiki Barber says Daniel Jones will be a star in New York

Mike Moraitis (Giants Wire) – Giants’ Tae Davis ready to slide into larger role

Kevin Patra (NFL.com) – Cody Latimer: Giants WR corps can be ‘dominant’

Anthony Rivardo (Empire Sports Media) – New York Giants: Can Janoris Jenkins Be A Shutdown Corner Again?

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New York Giants News, 6/23 – Kevin Zeitler leads the way in rebuild

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When Giants’ general manager Dave Gettleman elected to trade oft-injured pass-rusher Olivier Vernon, the initial shock was confusing. After seeing the return on the trade, I began to understand the premise behind the deal.

Gettleman traded away a player that was impacted when on the field, but the issue was just that. He spent enough time on the sidelines to justify a trade, allowing the Giants to upgrade the offensive line, specifically the right guard spot with Zeitler.

Vernon has missed 10 games in the last two seasons. Last year, he managed seven sacks, but Gettleman traded his defensive production for the No. 1 pass-blocking guard in the NFL.

The bottom line, the Giants now have an offensive line capable of protecting Eli Manning and opening up running lanes for Saquon Barkley. In addition to Zeitler, Mike Remmers was also brought in to replace Chad Wheeler at right tackle. It will be interesting to see how Manning operates with more time — if his efficiency increases and overall production sees a spike.

He’s been prone to consistent pressure over the past few years forcing him to check down to his running back, but giving him more time to work through his progressions should present the offense with more opportunity.

Your Giants top news of the day!

Jordan Raanan (ESPN) – Selfless neighbor provides liver, hope from mom of New York Giants’ Grant Haley

Serena Burks (Giants Wire) – C.J. Conrad’s comeback story is one worth cheering

Dan Schneier (247sports) – Giants depth chart: Position by position breakdown (offense)

Ed Valentine (Big Blue View) – Giants’ 90-man roster: Kareem Martin could see diminished role in 2019

Alexander Wilson (Empire Sports Media) – New York Giants most underrated offseason acquisition

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New York Giants: Lorenzo Carter Is Ready To Make A Leap

One of the New York Giants‘ biggest positional weaknesses is at the edge rusher position. The Giants knew this heading into the 2019 NFL Draft but passed up on the chance to draft elite pass-rusher, Josh Allen.

The Giants were in need of pass rushers heading into the 2019 offseason but ended up trading Olivier Vernon anyway. This leaves the Giants defense with a minimal number of talented pass-rushers. One pass-rusher that the Giants will need to improve is Lorenzo Carter.

Thanks to the Olivier Vernon trade, Lorenzo Carter will likely be placed in a starting role with the New York Giants. After flashing potential in his rookie season, Lorenzo Carter looks ready to make a leap in 2019.

Lorenzo Carter Stats And Highlights

Lorenzo Carter was drafted by the Giants in the 3rd-round (with the 66th overall pick) of the 2018 NFL Draft. Carter was an underrated prospect coming out of college and the Giants were lucky to get him in the 3rd-round.

Carter is a fast, uber-athletic edge-rusher. He demonstrated elite explosiveness at the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine, setting a record for the longest broad jump ever by an edge rusher at 10 feet and 10 inches. He also ran an impressive 4.5s 40-yard dash time.

Lorenzo Carter saw minimal playing time as a rookie, playing in 15 games but starting in only 2 games, yet he still flashed true potential. He posted a 65.8 overall Pro Football Focus grade in 2018, which they consider being “above-average.” That was also one of the highest grades among rookie edge defenders.

Lorenzo totaled 4 sacks and 10 quarterback hits in his 2018 rookie campaign. He also recorded 43 combined tackles and 7 tackles for loss. Additionally, Carter played surprisingly well in pass defense, finishing the season with 4 pass breakups.

These statistics are even more impressive when considering that Carter was held to playing only 40 percent of defensive snaps last season. That percentage is likely to increase drastically in the 2019 season. Lorenzo Carter will take a leap as a starter on the Giants’ defense this season.

New York Giants: What Will Be Oshane Ximines’s Role In 2019?

One of the New York Giants‘ biggest needs heading into the NFL Draft was their need for a pass-rusher. They had the opportunity to get one of the best pass-rushers in the draft class with the 6th overall pick but opted to controversially select a quarterback instead.

The Giants then went on to drafts two defenders in the 1st-round, neither of which were pass-rushers. Big Blue waited all the way until the 95th overall pick at the end of the 3rd-round to select a pass-rusher. With the 95th pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the New York Giants selected Oshane Ximines.

Oshane Ximines was the first player from his college, Old Dominion, to ever be drafted to the NFL. Ximines was a star defender for four years at Old Dominion, propelling him into the NFL Draft. After finding copious success at the collegiate level, the question is, what will Oshane Ximines’s role be with the Giants?

How Oshane Ximines Will Make His Impact In 2019

The New York Giants traded away their best pass-rusher, Olivier Vernon, during the 2019 NFL offseason. Vernon was with the Giants for three seasons and did not exactly live up to his contract. He failed to have a 10-sack season in New York, which lead to his eventual departure.

Now the Giants are left without a star pass-rusher and a ton of unproven talent on the edge. Lorenzo Carter looks to make a jump in his second season. Markus Golden is coming off of an injury and the Giants are hoping he can bounce back. And Oshane Ximines is coming from a small school, despite a ton of talent, and getting ready to compete in the NFL.

Oshane Ximines was phenomenal in his 2018 senior season. In 2018, Oshane totaled 58 tackles, 11.5 sacks and 18 tackles for loss. He also added 4 forced fumbles, 2 passes defended, and even 1 interception. This type of playmaking ability and versatility could be exactly what the Giants need.

However, the question is, how much of Ximines’s talents will be on display in 2019? During OTA’s Oshane Ximines took occasional snaps with the first team defense, so Giants fans might see more of X-Man than expected. Especially with his underrated coverage skills.

While practicing with the first team defense, Oshane was put in coverage against Golden Tate. Tate is one of the better route runners in the NFL, but somehow, Oshane surprised everyone and stuck with him in coverage, forcing an incompletion. Ximines is a versatile pass-rusher with the ability to occasionally play in coverage. This could make X-Man a secret weapon for the Giants.

Oshane Ximines will be a rotational pass-rusher for the Giants in 2019. Having a rotational pass-rusher will be key for the Giants in 2019. Ximines totaled a plentiful 55 pressures in 2018. That pressure total would have lead the Giants in 2018, as Vernon’s 47 pressures were the most for New York last season. He is not yet a starting edge rusher- that title belongs to Golden and Carter- however, he should see ample playing time, getting after the quarterback in passing situations and third downs.

New York Giants News, 6/17 – Oshane Ximines needs to pan out

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The decision to trade Olivier Vernon to the Cleveland Browns was a good one by New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman. Vernon’s inability to stay on the field and remain healthy hurt the team, especially when you consider his hefty price-tag.

Gaining right guard Kevin Zeitler in the trade benefits the Giants in more than one way, making the trade a success. However, losing a premium edge-rusher hurts the defense. Gettleman went out and drafted Old Dominion standout Oshane Ximines in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft.

Ximines, a talented player with tons of potential, will face the physicality obstacle. The level of talent he will face in the NFL dwarfs the competition he enjoyed in college. The fact of the matter is, the Giants need him to live up to his potential, otherwise, the defense will be in big trouble this upcoming season.

The Giants will have plenty of cap space to sign a quality outside linebacker in 2020, but in the meantime, they will rely on their youth to carry the load. It will be interesting to see how he develops over the course of the offseason and what type of role he plays in the pass-rush.

Nonetheless–

Your Giants top news of the day!

Jared Schwartz (New York Post) – Jon Halapio ready to be the Giants’ center of attention again

Dan Benton (Giants Wire) – Giants’ Darius Slayton named a ‘surprise offseason standout’

Ed Valentine (Big Blue View) – Giants’ 90-man roster: Don’t forget about WR Cody Latimer

Dan Benton (Giants Wire) – Is Jabrill Peppers the Giants’ biggest x-factor in 2019?

Alexander Wilson (Empire Sports Media) – New York Giants: 3 surprise impact players for the 2019 season

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