New York Giants Scouting Reports

 

Scouting Reports Last Updated: October 3, 2022

Quarterbacks:

After a promising rookie season, Daniel Jones had his second disappointing year in a row in 2021. He missed the final six games of the year with a neck injury that the team has yet to be fully transparent about. Jones finished 2021 completing 64 percent of his passes for just 2,428 yards, 10 touchdowns, and seven interceptions. He also ran the ball 62 times for 298 yards and two touchdowns. The Giants were 4-7 in games that he started. Jones also did not have the type of year hoped for or expected in 2020. Missing two games due to leg injuries (hamstring and ankle), Jones started 14 games and completed 62.5 percent of his passes for just 2,943 yards, 11 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions. He rushed the ball 65 times for 423 yards and one touchdown. Jones’ productivity fell from his somewhat stellar rookie season, when he started 12 games, completing 62 percent of his passes for 3,027 yards, 24 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions. On the positive side, the fumbling issues that have plagued Jones have lessoned as his fumbles decreased from 18 in 2019 to 11 in 2020 to seven in 2021. The Giants drafted Jones in the 1st round of the 2019 NFL Draft. Jones has classic quarterback size and is a good athlete who can hurt teams with his feet. He has good but not great arm strength. Jones is competitive, smart, tough, and hard-working. However, it simply has not clicked for him at the NFL level. Part of that is due to his surrounding talent, but he also has not elevated the play of those around him. He has also proven to be injury prone, missing time each season. Jones is 12-25 as a starting quarterback.

The Giants signed Tyrod Taylor as an unrestricted free agent from the Houston Texans in March 2022. The 6’1”, 217-pound Taylor was originally drafted in the 6th round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens. He has spent time with the Ravens (2011-2014), Buffalo Bills (2015-2017), Cleveland Browns (2018), Los Angeles Chargers (2019-2020), and Texans (2021). Taylor has played in 78 regular-season games with 53 starts, completing 61 percent of his passes for 10,736 yards, 59 touchdowns, and 25 interceptions. He has also rushed the ball 361 times for 2,001 yards (5.5 yards per carry) and 19 touchdowns. Most of his starting experience came during a 3-year stretch with Bills where he started 43 games. Taylor started six games for the Texans in 2021, completing 61 percent of his passes for 966 yards, five touchdowns, and five interceptions. He also rushed for 151 yards and three touchdowns. Taylor made the Pro Bowl in 2015. He is 26-25-1 in games started.

The Giants signed Davis Webb to a reserve/future contract in February 2022. Webb spent most of the 2021 season on the Practice Squad of the Buffalo Bills, serving as the team’s #3 quarterback behind Josh Allen and Mitchell Trubisky. The Giants drafted Webb in the 3rd round of the 2017 NFL Draft, but waived in early September 2018 before the season started. The 6’5”, 225-pound Webb has spent time with the Giants (2017-2018), New York Jets (2018), Bills (2019-2021). His only playing time in a regular-season game came in garbage time in one game in 2021.

Running Backs/Fullbacks:

Coming off a devastating knee injury, Saquon Barkley had another disappointing season in 2021 and it is now doubtful that he will ever regain his MVP-caliber form from his rookie season in 2018. In 2021, Barkley started all 13 games he played in, missing four contests with an ankle injury. He finished the season with 162 carries for 593 yards (3.7 yards per carry) and just two touchdowns. Barkley also caught 41 passes for 263 yards and two touchdowns. The Giants drafted Barkley with the #2 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. He became only the third rookie in NFL history to accrue 2,000 yards from scrimmage and breaking a number of franchise records. He also was voted to the Pro Bowl and named “Associated Press NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year,” “FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Year,” “Pro Football Writers of America Offensive Rookie of the Year,” and “Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year.” Barkley started all 16 games, rushing 261 times for 1,307 yards (5.0 yards per carry) and 11 touchdowns. He also caught 91 passes for 721 yards and four touchdowns. Overall, Barkley led the NFL with 2,028 yards from scrimmage. Barkley also led the NFL with seven 40+ yard runs and six 50+ yard runs. The latter figure is the highest single-season total by a Giants player since the 1970 merger. After that stellar rookie season, Barkley endured a forgettable sophomore season as a pro. A high-ankle sprain that he suffered in Week 3 nagged him much of the remainder of the season. Nevertheless, Barkley still rushed 217 times for 1,003 yards (4.6 yards per carry) and six touchdowns. He also caught 52 passes for 438 yards and two touchdowns. The Giants placed Barkley on Injured Reserve in late September 2020 after he tore the ACL, partially tore the meniscus, and sprained the MCL in his right knee in Week 2. He finished the season with 19 carries for 34 yards (1.8 yards per carry) and six catches for 60 yards. Barkley does not appear to be the same back he was as a rookie. He has become a softer, more tentative runner. And his old explosive lateral agility seems gone. Barkley never developed into a reliable pass protector.

The Giants signed Matt Breida as an unrestricted free agent from the Buffalo Bills in March 2022. The 5’10”, 195-pound Breida was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the San Francisco 49ers after the 2017 NFL Draft. He has spent time with the 49ers (2017-2020), Miami Dolphins (2020), and Buffalo Bills (2021). Breida has played in 64 regular season games with 19 starts, rushing the ball 466 times for 2,281 yards (4.9 yards per carry) and seven touchdowns. He also has caught 83 passes 729 yards and six touchdowns. In 2021 with the Bills, Breida played in nine games, only carrying the ball 26 times for 125 yards and one touchdown. He also caught seven passes for 72 yards and two touchdown. Breida has fumbled the ball seven times in his career.

The Giants drafted Gary Brightwell in the 6th round of the 2021 NFL Draft. He played in 13 games as a rookie with no starts, serving primarily on special teams, where he was credited with eight special teams tackles. The Giants placed him on Injured Reserve in late December 2021 with a neck injury. Brightwell is a big, physical, no-nonsense, downhill runner with good speed and acceleration for his size. He is not a particularly creative running back, being more of a one-speed, one-cut slasher.

The Giants signed Antonio Williams in January 2022 to a reserve/future contract. The 5’11”, 215-pound Williams was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Bills after the 2020 NFL Draft. He spent most of his two seasons with the Bills on their Practice Squad. Williams played in one regular-season game in 2020, carrying the ball 12 times for 63 yards and two touchdowns

The Giants signed Jashaun Corbin as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2022 NFL Draft. Corbin is is a north/south runner who does his best work between the tackles. He is a patient runner with good vision. He has some shiftiness to his game and can run through tackles. Corbin also can catch the ball out of the backfield, but he needs work in pass protection.

The 6’0”, 198-pound Sandro Platzgummer was originally allocated to the Giants in April 2020 as part of the NFL’s International Player Pathway Program, which also allowed him to remain on the team’s Practice Squad in 2020, 2021, and 2022 without counting towards the Practice Squad limit. Platzgummer played for the Swarco Raiders Tirol of the Austrian Football League. He has yet to play in a regular-season game.

Wide Receivers:

The Giants signed Kenny Golladay as an unrestricted free agent from the Detroit Lions in March 2021 to a 4-year, $72 million contract. His initial season with New York was a colossal disappointment. Golladay started all 14 games that he played in, missing three with a knee injury. He finished the season with just 37 catches for 521 yards and no touchdowns. The 6’4”, 214-pound Golladay was drafted in the 3rd round of the 2017 NFL Draft by the Lions. After a nondescript rookie season, Golladay excelled his next two seasons, catching 70 passes for 1,063 yards and five touchdowns in 2018 and 65 catches for 1,190 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2019. Golladay missed 11 games in 2020 with hamstring and hip injuries. He finished with just 20 catches for 338 yards and two touchdowns in five games. Golladay has superb size for a receiver and has a knack for beating defensive backs for contested 50/50 balls. However, he lacks dynamic speed and quickness to separate from corners on a consistent basis.

The Giants drafted Kadarius Toney in the 1st round of the 2021 NFL Draft. His rookie season was virtually wiped out due to multiple health issues, including two bouts with COVID and hamstring, ankle, thumb, quad, oblique, and shoulder injuries. Toney did play in 10 games, with four starts, but he finished the year with just 39 catches for 420 yards and no touchdowns. While Toney did flash, particularly in Week 5 against the Cowboys, he simply could not stay healthy. Toney is an average-sized receiver who plays bigger than his size (6’0”, 193 pounds), with decent speed and outstanding balance and quickness. Versatile, Toney was used outside, in the slot, and even out of the backfield at Florida. He has tremendous acceleration and change-of-direction skills, which makes him very dangerous after the catch. He creates separation and makes defenders miss. Toney needs work on reading defenses, route running, and overall technique. Toney also has experience rushing and returning the football. He has a strong arm and can even throw the ball.

The Giants selected Wan’Dale Robinson in the 2nd round of the 2022 NFL Draft. The 5’8”, 178-pound Robinson is an explosive, diminutive receiver/running back hybrid who plays bigger than his size with good strength and leaping ability. He is a threat to score every time he touches the football. Robinson will need a lot of work on NFL route running but he is a tough, super-competitive, and makes big plays in the clutch. He has experience returning both punts and kickoffs.

The Giants signed Richie James as an unrestricted free agent from the San Francisco 49ers in March 2022. The 5’9”, 185-pound James was originally drafted in the 7th round of the 2018 NFL Draft by the 49ers. In his first three years in San Francisco, James played in 40 regular-season games with 10 starts, catching 38 passes for 689 yards and three touchdowns. He also returned 47 kickoffs for 1,081 yards (23 yards per return) and one touchdown and 51 punts for 373 yards (7.3 yards per return). James missed all of the 2021 season with a knee injury.

David Sills was signed to the Practice Squad in early September 2021. He was also added to the 53-man roster for one game in October and one game in January as well as being elevated to two other games as a COVID replacement. In all, Sills played in four games with one start, finishing with two catches for 17 yards. The 6’3”, 211-pound Sills was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Buffalo Bills after the 2019 NFL Draft. The Giants signed Sills to the Practice Squad in September 2019 after he was cut by the Bills. The Giants then signed him to the 53-man roster in mid-December 2019. He did not play in a game however. Sills was placed on season-ending Injured Reserve in early September 2020 with a broken right foot.

After an impressive rookie season, Darius Slayton has had two disappointing seasons in a row. The Giants drafted Slayton in the 5th round of the 2019 NFL Draft. As a rookie, he played in 14 games with nine starts, catching 48 passes for 740 yards and eight touchdowns. Despite starting six more games in 2020, Slayton’s catch and yardage figures plateaued at 50 and 751. Worse, he only scored three times. In 2021, Slayton played in 13 games with five starts. He missed three games with a hamstring injury and one game due to COVID. Slayton finished the year with a disappointing 26 catches for 339 yards and two touchdowns despite playing 64 percent of all offensive snaps. He dropped a total of 12 passes in 2020 and 2021, and his drop percentage was over 10 percent in 2021. Slayton combines good size with very good overall athleticism and speed. Slayton can stretch the field and get deep. He can adjust well to the football, and is dangerous after the catch. To reach the next level, he must become a more physical receiver, including beating press coverage, and become more consistent catching the football.

The Giants claimed signed Kalil Pimpleton to the Practice Squad in September 2022. The 5’9”, 172-pound Pimpleton was originally signed by the Detroit Lions as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2022 NFL Draft. The Lions cut him in late August 2022. Pimpleton has experience returning punts.

The Giants signed Makai Polk to the Practice Squad in late September 2022. The 6’3”, 197-pound Polk was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Baltimore Ravens after the 2022 NFL Draft. The Ravens waived him in late August. Polk was on the Practice Squad of the Ravens until they cut him on Tuesday.

The Giants signed Marcus Johnson to the Practice Squad in September 2022. The 6’1”, 207-pound Johnson was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Philadelphia Eagles after the 2016 NFL Draft. He has spent time with the Eagles (2016-2017), Seattle Seahawks (2018), Indianapolis Colts (2018–2020), Tennessee Titans (2021), and San Francisco 49ers (2022). The 49ers cut him in late August 2022. Johnson has played in 41 regular-season games with 12 starts, accruing 51 catches for 839 yards and three touchdowns.

The Giants placed Collin Johnson on Injured Reserve in late August 2022 with a torn Achilles’ tendon. He had been impressing in the summer and was receiving snaps with the starting offense.  The Giants claimed Johnson off of waivers from the Jacksonville Jaguars in early September 2021. He ended up playing in 12 games for the Giants, with one start, and finished the season with 11 catches for 105 yards and no touchdowns. The 6’6”, 222-pound Johnson was originally drafted in the 5th-round of the 2020 NFL Draft by the Jaguars. As a rookie for Jacksonville, he played in 14 NFL games with no starts, catching 18 passes for 272 yards and two touchdowns.

The Giants placed Sterling Shepard on Injured Reserve in late September 2022 after he tore the ACL in his left knee in Week 3. He finished the season with 13 catches for 154 yards and one touchdown. Shepard was selected in the 2nd round of the 2016 NFL Draft by the Giants. Shepard started all 16 games in 2016 and 2018, but has now missed significant time due to injury in his five other seasons. He has never come close to cracking the 1,000-yard mark in a single season or duplicating his 8-touchdown season of his rookie campaign (he now has 22 career touchdowns). Shepard had a horrible season in 2021, culminating with a torn left Achilles’ tendon injury in mid-December. Before that, Shepard had already missed seven games with hamstring and quad injuries. He finished the year playing in seven games, catching just 36 passes for 366 yards and one touchdown. Shepard lacks ideal size and speed, but he is a fluid athlete with good quickness. Shepard runs good routes, is tough going over the middle, and adjusts well to the football. Shepard is not a consistent deep threat, but more of a move-the-chains underneath target who is ideally suited for the slot position. Good blocker.

Tight Ends/H-Backs/Fullbacks:

The Giants selected Daniel Bellinger in the 4th round of the 2022 NFL Draft. The 6’5, 253-pound Bellinger combines good size and athletic ability. He was used more of an in-line blocker than receiver in college, but flashed catching the ball when given an opportunity. Bellinger has the toughness and competitive nature you want in a blocking tight end, but he needs to get stronger and add mass to deal with NFL-caliber defensive linemen.

Chris Myarick was signed to the Practice Squad in early September 2021 and the 53-man roster in November. He ended up laying in eight games with three starts, catching three passes for 17 yards and one touchdown. The Giants waived him in early January 2022 and re-signed him in February. The 6’5”, 261-pound Myarick was signed as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2019 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins. He spent all of 2019 and most of 2020 on the Practice Squad of the Dolphins, though he did play in three games in 2020.

The Giants signed Tanner Hudson in late August 2022 after he was waived by the San Francisco 49ers. The 6’5”, 239-pound Hudson was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after the 2018 NFL Draft. He spent two seasons with the Buccaneers before being cut in August 2021. He was then signed by the San Francisco 49ers in September 2021 and spent most of the season on their Practice Squad. The 49ers waived him in late August 2022. Hudson has played in 22 regular-season games with one start. He has five career receptions for 67 yards.

The Giants signed Austin Allen as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2022 NFL Draft. Allen is a tall, narrow tight end with a big catch radius and sure hands. He gives an effort in the blocking department, but is more of a position blocker given his frame.

Offensive Tackles:

In his second season with the Giants, despite nagging foot and ankle injuries that caused him to miss four games and affected his play all year, Andrew Thomas rapidly improved at left tackle. Thomas ended up starting 13 games at left tackle, usually shutting down his opponent in pass protection while providing above-average run blocking. He was flagged five times (four false starts, one holding). The Giants drafted Thomas in the 1st round of the 2020 NFL Draft. An inconsistent rookie, Thomas started 15 games at left tackle despite playing on a left ankle injury that required offseason surgery in January 2021. Thomas has a big frame (6’5”, 315lbs) and long arms. He is a strong, physical run blocker who can get movement at the point-of-attack. He is athletic enough to get to the second level and works to finish his blocks. Thomas is a good athlete and he flashes excellent pass protection skills, but he still needs to improve his overall technique and consistency in that department. He has the ability to develop into an elite tackle.

The Giants selected Evan Neal in the 1st round of the 2022 NFL Draft. The 6’7”, 337-pound Neal is mammoth man who was a 3-year starter at left guard, right tackle, and left tackle in college. Smart, hard working, and dependable. Neal is a very good athlete for his size and is equally effective in pass protection and run blocking. Powerful. He needs to become a more consistent player. Neal has elite-level ability.

Devery Hamilton was signed to the Practice Squad in October 2021. The 6’6”, 311-pound Hamilton was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Las Vegas Raiders after the 2021 NFL Draft. The Raiders released him from their Practice Squad in September 2021.

The Giants signed Will Holden as a street free agent in early August 2022. The 6’7”, 312-pound Holden was originally drafted in the 5th-round of the 2017 NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals. He has spent time with the Cardinals (2017-2018, 2018-2019), Indianapolis Colts (2018, 2020), New Orleans Saints (2018), Miami Dolphins (2019), Seattle Seahawks (2019), San Francisco 49ers (2019), Baltimore Ravens (2019-2020) Indianapolis Colts (2020), and Detroit Lions (2021). Holden has played in 27 regular-season games with nine starts, including at left tackle, right tackle, and guard.

2021 was a very disappointing season for Matt Peart. The Giants selected Peart in the 3rd round of the 2020 NFL Draft. As a rookie, Peart played in 11 games with one start at left tackle. He did play in 15 percent of all offensive snaps, receiving some quality playing time. Heading into training camp in 2021, it was anticipated that Peart would be the opening-day starter at right tackle. However, he was beat out by Nate Solder. Peart ended up playing in 15 games with five starts in 2021 (three at left tackle, two at right tackle) and was up-and-down in his play. The offensive line coach publicly questioned his toughness during the middle of the season. Peart tore the ACL in his left knee in late December, ending his season and putting into doubt his availability for the 2022 season. Peart combines excellent size, long arms, and good overall athletic ability. But he may simply lack the physicality needed to play at the NFL level.

Offensive Guards:

The Giants signed Mark Glowinski as an unrestricted free agent from the Indianapolis Colts in March 2022. The 6’4”, 310-pound Glowinski was originally drafted in the 4th round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks. The Colts claimed him off of waivers in December 2017. Glowinski has played in 95 regular-season games with 74 starts. In the last three years with the Colts, he has started 46-of-48 games at right guard. He is a solid, physical, and dependable player who performs better as a run blocker.

The Giants drafted Joshua Ezeudu in the 3rd round of the 2022 NFL Draft. The 6’4”, 308-pound Ezeudu was a 3-year starter in college who played primarily at guard, but saw some action at tackle. He lacks ideal athleticism, but he has quick feet, a powerful frame, and plays with very strong hand usage.

The Giants claimed Jack Anderson off of waivers from the Philadelphia Eagles in late August 2022. The 6’4”, 314-pound Anderson was originally drafted in the 7th round of the 2021 NFL Draft by the Bills. The Eagles signed Anderson off of Buffalo’s Practice Squad in September 2021. He played in two games with one start for Philadelphia. Anderson spent part of the 2021 season on Injured Reserve with a hamstring injury.

The Giants claimed Tyre Phillips off of waivers from the Baltimore Ravens in early September 2022. The 6’5”, 330-pound Phillips was originally drafted in the 3rd round of the 2020 NFL Draft by the Ravens. In his first two years in the NFL, Phillips has played in 22 regular-season games with 13 starts, despite suffering an ankle injury in 2020 and a torn ACL in 2021. He has experience playing both guard spots and right tackle.

The Giants placed Shane Lemieux on Injured Reserve in mid-September 2021 with a knee injury that he suffered early in training camp. The Giants drafted Lemieux in the 5th round of the 2020 NFL Draft. He surprisingly ended up playing in 12 games with nine starts starts at left guard, stealing Will Hernandez’s position. He was only flagged once (false start) all year. The 6’4”, 310-pound Lemieux started an incredible 52 games in college, never missing a game. He is a tough, feisty, blue-collar lineman with some athletic limitations. Lemieux needs to get stronger, but he is a physical presence in the ground game with a feel for blocking angles. He struggled at times as a pass protector.

The Giants placed Marcus McKethan on Injured Reserve in early August 2022 after he tore the ACL in his right knee during a training camp scrimmage. The Giants selected McKethan in the 5th round of the 2022 NFL Draft. The 6’6”, 340-pound McKethan is massive, powerful lineman with strong hands. He can muscle and maul defenders, but he needs development. McKethan has some balance issues and needs to keep his feet active on contact. Before he got hurt, he was receiving second-team snaps at both right guard and right tackle.

Offensive Centers:

The Giants signed Jon Feliciano in March 2022 after he was cut by the Buffalo Bills. The 6’4”, 325-pound Feliciano was originally drafted in the 4th round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders. He signed as a free agent with the Bills in March 2019. Feliciano has played in 82 regular-season games with 39 starts, including 31 with the Bills in the last three seasons, mostly at guard. He is a versatile player who can play both guard positions and center. Feliciano did miss 15 regular-season games with shoulder, pectoral, calf, and COVID-19 issues the past two seasons.

The Giants acquired Ben Bredeson by trade from the Baltimore Ravens in late August 2021. He did not make the contribution hoped for, playing in just eight games with one start at left guard in Week 3. Bredeson missed five games due to hand and ankle injuries. In the eight games he did play, Bredeson did play 56 percent of all offensive snaps. He actually performed decently in most of those contests, until the season finale where he really struggled, allowing three pressures and a sack. The 6’5”, 315-pound Bredeson was originally drafted in the 4th round of the 2020 NFL Draft by the Ravens. He played in 10 games with no starts as a rookie.

The Giants placed Nick Gates on Injured Reserve with a serious fracture to his lower left leg that he suffered in Week 2 after being shifted to left guard. The severity of the injury has placed his career in jeopardy. The Giants signed Gates as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2018 NFL Draft. He missed all of 2018 with a foot injury that caused him to be placed on Injured Reserve before the season started. In 2019, Gates was active for all 16 games with three starts (two starts at right tackle and one start at right guard). In 2020, despite having no prior experience at playing the position, and after a rough start, Gates not only solidified the center position for the Giants but rapidly became the team’s best lineman. Gates started all 16 games at center. Gates is a versatile player, able to play tackle, guard, and center. He has good size and brings toughness and attitude to the offensive line. Gates is a solid pass and run blocker.

Defensive Ends:

Leonard Williams did not play as well as he did in 2020, but he still had a strong season in 2021, starting all 17 games (76 percent of defensive snaps) and finishing with 74 tackles, 5 tackles for a loss, 6.5 sacks, 14 quarterback hits, two pass defenses, two forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery. This was a step down from his career-season in 2020 where he finished with 11.5 sacks, 30 quarterback hits, and 14 tackles for a loss. The 6’5”, 302-pound Williams was the sixth player taken overall in the 2015 NFL Draft by the New York Jets. The Giants acquired Williams by trade from the in late October 2019. Williams is a stout, strong, physical run defender. While he lacks classic quick-twitch outside pass-rush skills, Williams can pressure the passer due to his combination of power and overall athleticism. He has the ability to line up inside or outside to create match-up problems. Very durable, Williams has only missed one NFL game in his career and he played through a very painful elbow injury for the final games of 2021.

The Giants signed Nick Williams as an unrestricted free agent from the Detroit Lions in late July 2022. The 6’4”, 310-pound Williams was originally drafted in the 7th round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers. He has spent time with the Steelers Steelers (2013-2014), Kansas City Chiefs (2014-2016), Miami Dolphins (2016-2017), Chicago Bears (2018-2019), and Detroit Lions (2020-2021). Williams has played in 75 regular-season games with 35 starts. Last season, he started all 17 games for the Lions and finished the year with 27 tackles and 0.5 sacks.

The Giants signed Ryder Anderson as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2022 NFL Draft. Anderson has good size, strength, and length. He can control the point-of-attack against the run, but lacks ideal quickness to be factor rushing the passer.

The Giants signed Henry Mondeaux to the Practice Squad in September 2022. The 6’5”, 280-pound Mondeaux was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the New Orleans Saints after the 2018 NFL Draft. He has spent time with the Saints (2018), Kansas City Chiefs (2019), and Pittsburgh Steelers (2019-2022). The Steelers waived him in late August 2022. Mondeaux has played in 26 NFL games with two starts, accruing 21 tackles and two sacks.

Nose Tackles:

The Giants drafted Dexter Lawrence in the 1st round of the 2019 NFL Draft. He was named to the Pro Football Writers of America’s All-Rookie Team. However, through three seasons with New York, Lawrence has been inconsistent and has yet to develop into the stud presence expected of him. In 2021, he played in all 16 games with 10 starts at defensive end (69 percent of defensive snaps), finishing with 52 tackles, five tackles for a loss, 2.5 sacks, 11 quarterback hits, two pass defenses, and one forced fumble. Built like a prototypical run-stuffing nose tackle (6’4”, 242 pounds) with excellent size and strength, the Giants have surprisingly played him more at 3-4 defensive end. His size and power can force other teams to double-team him. While Lawrence can generate a power rush, he lacks dynamic pass rush moves to consistently reach the quarterback.

The Giants signed Justin Ellis as an unrestricted free agent from the Baltimore Ravens in March 2022. The 6’2”, 350-pound Ellis was originally drafted in the 4th round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders. From 2014 to 2018, Ellis played in 66 regular-season games with 42 starts for the Raiders. Oakland put him on season-ending Injured Reserve in August 2019 with a knee injury before waiving him later that year. The Ravens then signed him in November 2019. In Baltimore in 2019-2021, Ellis played in 34 regular-season games with eight starts. In 2021, he played in all 17 games with fives starts (35 percent of defensive snaps) and was credited with only seven tackles. Ellis is strictly a run defender. He only has 0.5 sacks and four quarterback hits in his career.

The Giants selected D.J. Davidson in the 5th round of the 2022 NFL Draft. The 6’3”, 327-pound Davidson is a huge nose tackle. He is a strong, powerful run defender who does not offer much in the pass-rush department. Davidson needs to play with better leverage to succeed at the pro level.

Outside Linebackers:

The Giants selected Kayvon Thibodeaux in the 1st round of the 2022 NFL Draft. The 6’4”, 254-pound Thibodeaux was 3-year starter in college. He combines excellent size, athleticism, power, and strength. Flashes elite ability but he needs to become a more consistent player, especially against top competition. Thibodeaux can hold the point-of-attack and penetrate against the run. As a pass rusher, he can explode off of the snap and close on the quarterback in a hurry. Thibodeaux has a high upside if he wants it badly enough.

The Giants drafted Azeez Ojulari in the 2nd round of the 2021 NFL Draft. He played in all 17 games with 13 starts as a rookie (67 percent of defensive snaps), finishing with 48 tackles, eight tackles for losses, eight sacks, 13 quarterback hits, two pass defenses, and one forced fumble. While he regularly flashed play-making ability, Ojulari also disappeared for long stretches within games. The next step for him is to become a more consistent presence. Ojulari is an edge rusher who combines good size (6’3”, 240 pounds) with excellent overall athleticism. He flashes natural pass rush skills, but needs to disengage from blockers better. Ojulari is better moving forward than in reverse and needs to improve his pass coverage skills.

The Giants signed Jihad Ward as an unrestricted free agent from the Jacksonville Jaguars in March 2022. The 6’5”, 287-pound Ward was originally drafted in the 2nd round of the 2016 NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders. He has spent time with the Raiders (2016-2017), Dallas Cowboys (2018), Indianapolis Colts (2018-2019), Baltimore Ravens (2019-2020), and Jaguars (2021). Ward has played in 68 regular-season games with 15 starts, accruing 91 tackles, 12 tackles for losses, 10 sacks, and three fumble recoveries. In 2021 with the Jaguars, Ward played in all 17 games with one start and finished the year with 32 tackles, three tackles for losses, and two sacks.

The Giants drafted Oshane Ximines in the 3rd round of the 2019 NFL Draft. He has not developed as hoped. After playing in 16 games with two starts as a rookie, Ximines missed the last 12 games of the 2020 season with a rotator cuff injury that required surgery. It was anticipated he would compete for a starting job in 2021, but his playing time marked declined as the season progressed. Worse, he was made inactive for most games in the second half of the season. Ximines finished 2021 playing in 10 games with no starts (27 percent of defensive snaps in those games). He was credited with just 12 tackles, three pass defenses, and two quarterback hits. Ximines has a nice combination of size (6’4”, 254 pounds) and overall athletic-ability. Despite his size, he is not a good run defender and he does not make enough of an impact when rushing the passer.

The Giants signed Tomon Fox as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2022 NFL Draft. Fox lacks ideal athleticism, but he is instinctive, productive, and plays hard.

The Giants claimed Quincy Roche off of waivers from the Pittsburgh Steelers in early September 2021. He ended up playing in 14 games with three starts (42 percent of defensive snaps), and finished the season with 30 tackles, five tackles for a loss, 2.5 sacks, five quarterback hits and one forced fumble. While Roche flashed as both a pass rusher and run defender, he lacked ideal game-to-game, play-to-play consistency. The 6’3”, 243-pound Roche was originally drafted in the 6th round of the 2021 NFL Draft by the Steelers.

The Giants placed Elerson Smith on Injured Reserve in early September 2021 with a hamstring injury that caused him to miss all of training camp and the preseason. He was activated from Injured Reserve to the 53-man roster in early November. The team placed him on Injured Reserve again in early January 2022 with a neck injury. As a rookie, Smith played in eight games with no starts, finishing with just eight tackles, two quarterback hits, and one forced fumble. The Giants drafted Smith in the 4th round of the 2021 NFL Draft. Smith is tall and lanky (6’7”, 245 pounds) with good overall athleticism. He flashes as a forward-moving disruptor but needs a lot of development.

Inside Linebackers:

After the Giants lost Blake Martinez for the season, Tae Crowder shifted to his inside linebacker spot from the other starting inside spot. Crowder ended up starting all 17 games (94 percent of all defensive snaps) and finished the season with a team-high 119 tackles. He was also credited with six pass defenses, two interceptions, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery. The Giants selected Crowder in the 7th round of the 2020 NFL Draft. He surprisingly moved into the starting line-up in Week 5 and 6 before suffering a groin injury that landed him on Injured Reserve for five games. Crowder returned in late November, starting four of his final six games. In all, Crowder played in 11 games with six starts (53 percent of all defensive snaps), and was credited with 57 tackles, three tackles for losses, one sack, three quarterback hits, one pass defense, and one fumble recovery that he returned for a game-winning touchdown. Crowder was moved from running back to linebacker in college and thus is still learning the position. Crowder lacks size (6’3”, 235 pounds), but he is a good athlete who can run. He is physical and plays hard. However, Crowder has issues taking on and disengaging from blocks against the run. And despite his high tackles totals, Crowder is not instinctive, does not react quickly enough, and still misses too many tackles.

The Giants signed Austin Calitro as an unrestricted free agent from the Cincinnati Bengals in late July 2022. The 6’0”, 240-pound Calitro was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the New York Jets after the 2017 NFL Draft. He has spent time with the Jets (2017), San Francisco 49ers (2017), Seattle Seahawks (2017, 2018-2019), Cleveland Browns (2017-2018), Jacksonville Jaguars (2019-2020), Bengals (2020, 2021), Denver Broncos (2020), and Chicago Bears (2021). Overall, he has played in 47 regular-season games, with nine starts. While he saw significant defensive snaps in 2018-2019 with the Seahawks and Jaguars, most of his playing time has come on special teams the last two seasons.

The Giants selected Micah McFadden in the 5th round of the 2022 NFL Draft. The 6’1”, 240-pound McFadden is well-built but lacks ideal athleticism. He is a good run defender. He has some range and pursues well. McFadden does better in zone coverage than man-to-man and he can be exposed in space. Tough, physical, instinctive, competitive, and plays hard. Good blitzer.

The Giants placed Carter Coughlin on Injured Reserve in early November 2021 with an ankle injury. He only played in seven games with no starts (8 percent of defensive snaps) and finished with just six tackles. The Giants selected Coughlin in the 7th round of the 2020 NFL Draft. He played in 14 games as a rookie with two starts (20 percent of all defensive snaps). Coughlin finished the season with 17 tackles, two tackles for losses, one sack, and two quarterback hits. The 6’3”, 236-pound Coughlin is not a top athlete, but he is a tough, competitive, and reliable linebacker who plays hard.

Cam Brown was placed on Injured Reserve by the Giants in late September with a hamstring injury and activated from Injured Reserve in mid-October. Due to injuries, the teams shifted him to the inside on the depth chart. Brown played in 12 games with no starts, only seeing a handful of snaps on defense all season. Most of his action came on special teams (80 percent of all special teams snaps in the games he played), where he was credited with nine special teams tackles. The Giants selected Brown in the 6th round of the 2020 NFL Draft. He played in 15 games as a rookie with no starts (nine percent of all defensive snaps). Brown finished the year with 12 tackles, three quarterback hits, and one forced fumble. The 6’5”, 233-pound Brown is a tall and lanky linebacker with long arms and decent speed. His size and solid athletic ability assist him coverage but he needs to improve his run defense at the point-of-attack and overall tackling consistency. Versatile.

The Giants signed Jaylon Smith to the Practice Squad and then 53-man roster in December 2021. He ended up playing in the last four games of the season with two starts (60 percent of the defensive snaps in those games), finishing with 18 tackles, one sack, and one pass defense. Smith was originally drafted in the 2nd round of the 2016 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys, who cut him during his fifth season in October 2021. He then spent a month with the Green Bay Packers before they cut him in early November 2021. Smith has played in 74 regular-season games with 58 starts. He made the Pro Bowl in 2019. Smith suffered serious knee injuries in college and his rookie season in the NFL that have impacted his game. He has decent size (6’2”, 240 pounds) and still flashes as a play-maker, but he is not a disciplined player who maintains gap integrity on a consistent enough basis against the run. Smith hits with a pop, but he is too much of a freelancer.

The Giants signed A.J. Klein to the Practice Squad in early October 2022. The 6’1”, 240-pound Klein was originally drafted in the 5th round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Carolina Panthers. He has spent time with the Panthers (2013-2016), New Orleans Saints (2017-2019), and Buffalo Bills (2020-2021). The Bills cut him in March 2022. Klein has played in 134 games with 80 starts, including 15 starts for the Bills from 2020-2021.

The Giants placed Darrian Beavers on Injured Reserve in August 2022 after he tore the ACL in his left knee during the second preseason game. The Giants drafted Beavers in the 6th round of the 2022 NFL Draft. The 6’4”, 237-pound Beavers was a Butkus Award Finalist in his senior season in college, where his coaches used him all over the defensive front. Beavers was impressing as an all-around defender before he was injured.

Cornerbacks:

The Giants signed Adoree’ Jackson in March 2021 to a big contract after he was cut by the Tennessee Titans. He did not have the year anticipated. An ankle injury slowed him early in the season. Then he missed four games late in the year with a quad injury and COVID. In the end, Jackson played in 13 games with 12 starts (91 percent of snaps in those games) and finished with 56 tackles, eight pass defenses, and one interception. Jackson was drafted by the Titans in the 1st round of the 2017 NFL Draft. In his four seasons with the Titans, Jackson played in 46 regular-season games with 41 starts, accruing 189 tackles, 33 pass defenses, two interceptions, and three forced fumbles. He missed most of the 2020 NFL season with a knee injury, playing in just the last three games. Jackson is an average-sized corner (5’11”, 185 pounds) and a good athlete. When healthy and focused, Jackson is a solid, physical cover corner who is capable of covering the League’s better receivers. But he needs to improve his overall consistency. Jackson made more plays on the football early in his career (27 of his 41 career pass defenses).

The Giants drafted Aaron Robinson in the 3rd round of the 2021 NFL Draft. He underwent offseason surgery on a core muscle and missed all of training camp, the preseason, and the first half of the regular season. Robinson ended up playing in nine games with two starts (43 percent of snap counts in those games), and finished the year with 24 tackles and three pass defenses. Despite missing all of that critical practice time, Robinson did flash as a player. He was a bit inconsistent at times, but demonstrated the ability to be sticky and aggressive in coverage with good reaction skills and mental toughness. Robinson can play the slot corner position.

Slot corner Darnay Holmes was placed on Injured Reserve with a neck injury in late November 2021, missing the last six games of the season. Unfortunately for him, Holmes was playing his best football before he got hurt. He played in 11 contests with four starts (37 percent of all defensive snaps in those games) and finished the season with 26 tackles, two pass defenses, and one interception. The Giants drafted Holmes in the 4th round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Serving as the team’s primary slot corner as a rookie, he played in 12 games, with five starts, missing four games due to injuries (neck and knee). Holmes lacks ideal height, but he is well-built with good speed and quickness. He plays fast, hard, physical, and aggressive. However, he needs to make more plays on the football and stop making costly mistakes (eight penalties in two seasons).

The Giants drafted Cor’Dale Flott in the 3rd round of the 2022 NFL Draft. The 6’0”, 175-pound Flott is a thinly-built, fluid coverman with experience both at nickel and outside corner. He even has played some safety. His lack of size limits his ability to physically challenge receivers, but he performs well against the short- and intermediate-passing game. Flott will hit and tackle. He needs to make more plays on the football when it is in the air.

The Giants claimed Justin Layne off of waivers from the Pittsburgh Steelers in late August 2022. The 6’2”, 192-pound Layne was drafted in the 3rd round of the 2019 NFL Draft by the Steelers. In three years with Pittsburgh, Layne played in 43 regular-season games with no starts, being credited with 41 tackles.

The Giants claimed Nick McCloud off of waivers from the Buffalo Bills in late August 2022. The 6’0”, 193-pound McCloud was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Bills after the 2021 NFL Draft. The Cincinnati Bengals claimed him off of waivers in September 2021 and cut him in November. The Bills then re-signed McCloud to their Practice Squad. McCloud played in two regular-season games with the Bengals.

The Giants signed Fabian Moreau to the Practice Squad in early September 2022 and signed to the 53-man roster in late September. The 6’0”, 204-pound Moreau was originally drafted in the 3rd round of the 2017 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins. He has spent time with Washington (2017-2020), Atlanta Falcons (2021), and Houston Texans (2022). The Texans released him in August. Moreau has played in 78 regular-season games with 34 starts. In 2021, he started all 16 games for the Falcons and finished the season with 61 tackles, 11 pass defenses, and one fumble recovery.

The Giants signed Zyon Gilbert as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2022 NFL Draft. Gilbert played both safety and cornerback in college. He combines good size and overall athleticism and speed. Gilbert is aggressive against the run, but he needs work in coverage in terms of his anticipation skills and technique.

The Giants signed Olaijah Griffin to the Practice Squad in late September 2022. The 23-year old, 6’0”, 175-pound Griffin was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Bills after the 2021 NFL Draft. He spent his rookie season the Bills’ Practice Squad. The Giants claimed Griffin off of waivers from the Buffalo Bills on in mid-August 2022 and waived him two weeks later.

The Giants placed Rodarius Williams on Injured Reserve in mid-October 2021 with a torn ACL. Before suffering the season-ending injury, Williams played in five games, including 15 percent of all defensive snaps. He was only credited with one tackle. The Giants drafted Williams in the 6th round of the 2021 NFL Draft. Williams has good size for a corner (6’0”, 193 pounds) and has experience in both press and off coverage. He is a instinctive, competitor who plays a physical game and makes plays on the football. Williams lacks ideal speed and quickness and must now overcome the ACL injury. The coaching staff was high on him before he got hurt.

Safeties:

After missing most of his rookie season in 2020 with a fractured left foot that required surgery, Xavier McKinney rapidly developed into one of the League’s better free safeties in 2021. McKinney played in all 17 games with 16 starts (97 percent of all defensive snaps), and finished the season with 88 tackles (third on the team), 10 pass defenses, and a team-high five interceptions (one of which he returned for a touchdown). The Giants drafted McKinney in the 2nd round of the 2020 NFL Draft. He missed 10 games with the foot injury, played in six contests with four starts. The 6’0”, 201-pound McKinney is versatile performer, who is capable of playing multiple positions. He is a good athlete with fine range, anticipation, and instincts for the position, but he needs to become a more consistent tackler.

Julian Love had his best season with the Giants in 2021. He played in all 17 games with five starts (52 percent of all defensive snaps) and finished the season with 63 tackles, 0.5 sacks, seven pass defenses, one interception, and one fumble recovery. A collegiate corner, the Giants drafted Love in the 4th round of the 2019 NFL Draft and moved him to safety. He played in 15 games with five starts as a rookie and followed that up with 16 games and six starts in 2020. While the Giants continue to primarily use him at safety, they have shifted him to cornerback and even slot corner when needed. His versatility has become very important to the team, and while his snap count continues to fluctuate on a game-by-game basis, Love improved his reliability and consistency as a player in 2021. His tackling still needs improvement however. Love was also a factor on special teams (62 percent of special teams snaps) with 10 special teams tackles.

The Giants selected Dane Belton in the 4th round of the 2022 NFL Draft. The 6’1”, 205-pound Belton played a hybrid safety/linebacker role in college as an in-the-box safety. He is a good athlete with fine speed. Smart player who made defensive calls in college and reads and reacts well. Belton performs better closer to the line and lacks range as a deep safety. He needs to become a more consistent tackler.

The Giants claimed Jason Pinnock off of waivers from the New York Jets in late August 2022. The 6’0”, 205-pound Pinnock was originally drafted in the 5th round of the 2021 NFL Draft by the Jets. He played in 12 games with two starts as a rookie, accruing 16 tackles, one pass defense, and two forced fumbles.

The Giants signed Trenton Thompson as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2022 NFL Draft. Despite playing six years in college, Thompson only became a full-time starter in his final season. He has good size, but lacks ideal speed. Instinctive, he does play faster than he times. Big hitter. Thompson is a good special teams player.

The Giants signed Tony Jefferson to the Practice Squad in September 2022. The 5’11”, 211-pound Jefferson was originally signed as undrafted rookie free agent by the Arizona Cardinals after the 2013 NFL Draft. He has spent time with the Cardinals (2013-2016), Ravens (2017-2019, 2021-2022), and San Francisco 49ers (2021). The Ravens cut Jefferson in late August 2022. Robinson has played in 104 regular-season games with 66 starts. However, he has not started a game since 2019, when he tore his ACL mid-season. Robinson has only played in six regular-season games since 2019.

Punters, Kickers, and Snappers:

The Giants signed Jamie Gillan to a reserve/future contract in February 2022. The 6’1”, 207-pound Gillan is Scottish born. He was originally signed by the Cleveland Browns as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2019 NFL Draft. Gillan served as Cleveland’s punter for all of 2019 and 2020, as well as most of 2021. The Browns waived him in late December and he was then signed to the Practice Squad of the Buffalo Bills. In 44 regular-season games, Gillan has averaged 44.7 yards per punt (39.8 net yards per punt).

Place kicker Graham Gano has arguably been the team’s best player since being signed in August 2020. In his initial season with New York in 2020, Gano converted on 31-of-32 field goal attempts (96.9 percent – second highest in team history) and 21-of-23 extra point attempts (91.3 percent). He followed that up in 2021 by making 29-of-33 field goal attempts (87.9 percent) and all 17 of his extra point attempts (100 percent). He was 7-of-10 from 50+ yards out, with a long of 55 yards for the second year in a row. Forty-two percent of his kickoffs resulted in touchbacks. Gano spent most of his NFL career with the Washington Redskins (2009-2011) and Carolina Panthers (2012-2019). However, he missed the last four games of the 2018 season and all of the 2019 season with a knee injury. The Panthers released him in late July 2020. Gano made the Pro Bowl in 2017.

The Giants signed long snapper Casey Kreiter as an unrestricted free agent from the Denver Broncos in April 2020. The 6’1”, 250-pound Kreiter was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Dallas Cowboys after the 2014 NFL Draft. After spending two camps with the Cowboys, Kreiter made the Denver Broncos in 2016. He made the Pro Bowl for his performance in 2018.