Justin Tuck likes how Giants’ defense is shaking out
The New York Giants may have lost defensive lineman Dalvin Tomlinson in free agency this offseason, but they still bolster a very good front seven with Leonard Williams, Dexter Lawrence and now Azeez Ojulari in the mix.
Former Giants’ defensive end Justin Tuck is excited about this year’s team and more particularly their front seven.
“Over time, the Giants have always been known for their front seven. Now, that seems to be that calling card again. You have a lot of pieces of the puzzle that I would like to see go out this year and really make a name for themselves on that defensive line,” Tuck told Big Blue Kickoff Live this past week.
“The only one that everyone is kind of looking at is Leonard [Williams]. From that perspective, there’s a lot of young talent, a lot of new guys on that front. Obviously, we drafted the guy from Georgia [Azeez Ojulari] … That defensive front, and the secondary for that matter, held up pretty well last year considering what we were able to accomplish last year. I think for me personally, I’m excited about what they’ll continue to do and what they’ll do with another year under their belts in this system.”
With the Giants’ defense heading into their second season under defensive coordinator Patrick Graham, Tuck believes they’ll play with more confidence.
“They should be even more comfortable in that scheme this year, play faster, play more confident,” Tuck said. “And that allows him to do more of those things to kind of free up some people or get some other people who might not necessarily be the pass rusher that Leonard is or that me, Osi [Umenyiora] and [Michael] Strahan were. But giving them some favorable matchups that they could win some opportunities there, that’s what I think will happen this year, especially when you think about the additions that we made in the secondary. All of this stuff goes hand in hand.
“That’s one thing with Patrick Graham, it seems like he was really good at dialing up things where guys were put in one-on-one situations. At that point, you have to win. If you don’t win, then we need to do something else.”
Tuck believes offenses will do more to try and neutralize Williams and that would make sense after the monster season he had in 2020.
“When you have a guy like Leonard who can make plays, not only with the quarterback hits and the sacks but also in the backfield as far as his run-stopping ability, when you have a person like that, especially in a 3-4 defense where I know he’s a lot more comfortable in that three scheme, he’s going to cause havoc,” Tuck explained. “If I’m an offensive coordinator, I’m definitely paying more attention to him.
“There are a lot of things that when you have a stud like that on your D-line and you can kind of play the chess game as far as where you’re going to show different looks and so on and so forth, that always I think benefits the people that will be around him.”
The Giants could finally have a complete defense this coming season if their pass rush pans out with new additions like Azeez Ojulari and Ryan Anderson. An improved offense will also help if quarterback Daniel Jones can break out.
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h/t Giants Wire