New York Giants Scouting Reports

 

Scouting Reports Last Updated: October 27, 2020

Quarterbacks:

A losing record and fumbles took the luster off of an otherwise stellar rookie season for Daniel Jones in 2019. He was surprisingly named starter in Week 3, missing two other games in December with a high-ankle sprain, and finishing with 12 starts and a 3-9 record. Encumbered by a poor offensive line, a sporadic running game, and an injury-plagued receiving corps, Jones completed 61.9 percent of his passes for 3,027 yards, 24 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions. He also fumbled the football 18 times, losing 11. Jones’ 24 touchdown passes was the fourth-most by a rookie quarterback in a single season in NFL history. Jones also rushed for two touchdowns and 289 yards, the third-highest rushing total by a Giants’ quarterback in the Super Bowl era. 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 an accurate quarterback who throws with good touch. He is competitive, smart, tough, and hard-working. Jones has a high football IQ and reads defenses well. The biggest knock on him right now is ball security. He needs to do a better job of feeling the rush and protecting the football from being stripped.

The Giants signed Colt McCoy as an unrestricted free agent from the Washington Redskins in March 2020. The 6’1”, 212-pound McCoy was originally drafted in the 3rd round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns. He has spent time with the Browns (2010-2012), San Francisco 49ers (2013), and Redskins (2014-2019). In 10 NFL seasons, McCoy has only started 28 games, 21 of which came with the Browns in 2010-2011. He started three games the past two seasons with Washington. In all, McCoy has completed 60.7 percent of his passes for 6,080 yards, 29 touchdowns, and 27 interceptions. He has also rushed the ball 130 times for 497 yards and two touchdowns.

The Giants signed Clayton Thorson to the Practice Squad in late September 2020. The 6’4”, 222-pound Thorson was originally drafted in the 5th round of the 2019 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles cut him in August 2019 and he was then signed to the Practice Squad of the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys cut him in early September 2020.

Running Backs:

The Giants signed Dion Lewis in March 2020 after he was cut by the Tennessee Titans. The 5’8”, 195-pound Lewis was originally drafted in the 5th round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles. Lewis has spent time with the Eagles (2011-2012), Cleveland Browns (2013), Indianapolis Colts (2014), New England Patriots (2015-2017), and Titans (2018-2019). Not counting the 2013 season which his missed due to a broken leg, Lewis has played in 86 regular-season games with 27 starts in eight seasons. He has carried the ball 538 times for 2,310 yards (4.3 yards per carry) and 11 touchdowns. Lewis has also caught 172 passes for 1,281 yards (7.4 yards per catch) and seven touchdowns. In 2019, Lewis played in all 16 regular-season games for the Titans with one start. He carried the ball 54 times for 209 yards and caught 25 passes for 164 yards and a touchdown.

It was a disappointing season for Wayne Gallman, who was inactive for six games, including being a healthy scratch for the last five games of the year when Buck Allen surpassed him on the depth chart. In all, Gallman played in 10 games with two starts, rushing 29 times for 110 yards (3.8 yards per carry) and two touchdowns. He also caught 11 passes for 102 yards and a touchdown. Gallman was drafted in the 4th round of the 2017 NFL Draft by the Giants. As a rookie, Gallman played in 13 games with one start and carried the football 111 times for 476 yards (4.3 yards per carry). Despite being the only other true halfback on the roster for the bulk of the 2018 season, Gallman only carried the football 51 times for 176 yards (3.5 yards per carry) and one touchdown. Gallman also caught 34 passes for 193 yards in 2017 and 14 passes for 89 yards in 2018. Gallman is a well-rounded cutback runner with decent vision, elusiveness, strength, and speed. He has good hands as a receiver, but he needs to improve his ball security (six career fumbles).

The Giants signed Devonta Freeman in late September 2020. The 5’8”, 206-pound Freeman was originally drafted in the 4th round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons. In six years with the Falcons, Freeman played in 77 regular-season games with 59 starts, rushing 951 times for 3,972 yards (4.2 yards per carry) and 32 touchdowns. He also caught 257 passes for 2,015 yards and 11 touchdowns. Freeman missed most of the 2018 season with knee and groin injuries. His productivity fell to 656 yards on 184 carries (3.6 yards per carry) and two touchdowns in 2019. The Falcons cut Freeman in March 2020.

The sole fullback on the team for the past two seasons, Elijhaa Penny played in all 16 games in 2019, rushing the ball 15 times for 39 yards (2.6 yards per carry) and catching two passes for nine yards. The Giants signed Penny off of the Practice Squad of the Arizona Cardinals in September 2018. He ended up playing in 14 games for the Giants, with three starts, carrying the ball seven times for 25 yards and catching eight passes for 50 yards. The 6’2”, 234-pound Penny was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Cardinals after the 2016 NFL Draft. Penny spent his rookie season on the Cardinals’ Practice Squad. He was active all 16 regular-season games in 2017 with no starts and finished the season with 31 carries for 124 yards and two touchdowns. Though Penny lacks classic fullback size, he is a well-rounded player who can block, run, and catch the football.

Sandro Platzgummer was allocated to the Giants in April 2020 as part of the NFL’s International Player Pathway Program. Platzgummer played for the Swarco Raiders Tirol of the Austrian Football League. He will not count against the 90-man roster limit and if the Giants decide to keep him on the Practice Squad, they will receive a roster exemption to do so.

The Giants signed Alfred Morris to the Practice Squad in late September 2020. The 5’10”, 222-pound Morris was originally drafted in the 6th round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins. He has spent time with the Redskins (2012-2015), Dallas Cowboys (2016-2017, 2019), San Francisco 49ers (2018), and Arizona Cardinals (2019). Morris has played in 105 regular-season games with 70 starts, carrying the ball 1,374 times for 5,935 yards (4.3 yards per carry) and 34 touchdowns. He also has caught 65 passes for 494 yards. Morris was second-team All-Pro in 2012 and was voted to the Pro Bowl in 2013 and 2014. He has not seen extensive action since 2018 when he carried the ball 111 times for 428 yards and two touchdowns.

The Giants placed Saquon 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. 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. All of this despite playing behind a subpar offensive line. After that stellar rookie season, Barkley endured a forgettable sophomore season as a pro. The high ankle sprain that he suffered in Week 3 nagged him much of the remainder of the season. Playing soft and tentative at times, Barkley did not show signs of his old self until December. 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. Barkley is a complete three-down back who can make an impact running and catching the football. He has an outstanding combination of size, quickness, and speed. A home-run threat every time he touches the football, Barkley has great vision, instincts, and balance. He makes defenders miss and can accelerate to full speed in a heartbeat. Barkley is big enough to run through and athletic enough to leap over tackle attempts. Barkley is a very good pass receiver who can hurt a defense down the field in the passing game. He has only fumbled the ball once in two seasons. His biggest negative is that he will sometimes try to do too much and dance around instead of taking what the defense gives him. Excellent intangibles. Team leader with a good work ethic.

Wide Receivers:

The Giants placed Sterling Shepard on Injured Reserve in late September 2020 after he suffered a turf toe injury in Week 2 and activated him to the 53-man roster in October before Week 7.  In his fourth year in the League in 2019, Shepard had his worst season, playing in 10 games and finishing with team-leading 57 catches for 576 yards (10.1 yards per catch) and three touchdowns. He missed six games due to two career-threatening concussions. Shepard was selected in the 2nd round of the 2016 NFL Draft by the Giants. Shepard started all 16 regular-season games as a rookie, catching 65 passes and scoring eight touchdowns, but missed five games in 2017 with various ailments. In 2018, Shepard caught 66 passes for 872 yards and four touchdowns. He has never come close to cracking the 1,000-yard mark in a single season. 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. He is guilty of the occasional drop. Shepard is not a consistent deep threat, but more of a move-the-chains underneath target who is ideally suited for the slot position. He needs to make more big plays. Good blocker.

In his first season with the Giants, Golden Tate missed five games (four due to suspension and one due to a concussion). He played in 11 games and finished the year with 49 catches for 676 yards (13.8 yards per catch) and six touchdowns. The 5’10”, 197-pound Tate was originally drafted in the 2nd round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks. He has spent time with the Seahawks (2010-2013), Detroit Lions (2014-2018), and Philadelphia Eagles (2018). The Giants signed Tate as an unrestricted free agent from the Eagles in March 2019. In ten NFL seasons, Tate has played in 148 regular-season games with 110 starts, accruing 660 catches for 7,890 yards and 44 touchdowns. He made the Pro Bowl in 2014. Tate is ideally suited for the slot position. He is dangerous after the catch. Tate also averaged 9.7 yards per return on 10 punt returns.

Darius Slayton has a surprisingly productive rookie season, playing in 14 games with nine starts, and finishing with 48 catches for a team-leading 740 yards (team-leading 15.4 yards per catch) and a team-leading eight touchdowns. The Giants drafted Slayton in the 5th round of the 2019 NFL Draft. He combines good size with very good overall athleticism and speed. Slayton can stretch the field and get deep. He runs good routes, adjusts 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 more consistent catching the football. Slayton also averaged 21 yards per return on nine kickoff returns.

The Giants claimed C.J. Board off of waivers from the Jacksonville Jaguars in August 2020. The 6’1”, 181-pound Board was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Baltimore Ravens after the 2017 NFL Draft. He has spent time with the Ravens (2017), Tennessee Titans (2017), Cleveland Browns (2017-2018), and Jaguars (2018-2019). However, his only regular-season experience came in 2019 when his played in four games for the Jaguars and finished the year with just two catches for 31 yards.

The Giants signed Austin Mack as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2020 NFL Draft. Mack was a rotational player at Ohio State. Muscular wideout with good size. He is more of a possession receiver, but he is a natural pass receiver who can make the tough grab.

The Giants signed Corey Coleman to the Practice Squad in late October 2020. The 5’11”, 185-pound Coleman was originally drafted in the 1st round of the 2016 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns. An explosive athlete but an injury-plagued bust in Cleveland, Coleman has also had brief stints with the Buffalo Bills and New England Patriots in 2018. The Giants signed Coleman to the Practice Squad and then the 53-man roster in October 2018. He ended up playing in eight games with one start, finishing with five catches for 71 yards. Coleman’s primary contribution came on special teams as as kickoff returner (averaging 26 yards on 23 returns). In all, Coleman has played in 27 NFL games with 19 starts, accruing 61 catches for 789 yards and five touchdowns. Coleman missed all of 2019 with a torn ACL knee injury. The Giants cut him in early September 2020.

The Giants signed Binjimen Victor as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2020 NFL Draft. Victor was a 4-year rotational player at Ohio State. Tall and slender, Victor can leap and has a huge catch radius. He is a natural athlete and pass catcher who can make big plays and highlight-reel catches. He needs to play with more consistency. He also has to prove he can defeat NFL press coverage.

The Giants signed Derrick Dillon as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2020 NFL Draft. Dillon is a smaller, speedy wide receiver with limited collegiate production. He has had some big plays in big games.

The 6’0”, 190-pound Alex Bachman was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Los Angeles Rams after the 2019 NFL Draft. The Rams cut him before the season started and the Giants signed him to their Practice Squad in November 2019. Bachman began the 2020 season on the Giants’ Practice Squad, was cut, and then re-sign to the Practice Squad again.

Cody Core was placed on Injured Reserve in August 2020 after tearing his Achilles during a training camp practice. While Core only had three catches for 28 yards in 2019, he was arguably the team’s best special teams player, excelling on punt coverage. He was credited with eight tackles and was a big factor in downing punts inside the 20-yard line. The 6’3”, 205-pound Core was originally drafted in the 6th round of the 2016 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals. In three seasons with the Bengals, he played in 35 regular-season games with seven starts, accumulating 30 catches for 360 yards and one touchdown. The Giants claimed  Core off of waivers from the Bengals in September 2019.

David Sills was placed on Injured Reserve before the season started in early September with a broken right foot. The 6’3”, 211-pound Sills was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Bills after the 2019 NFL Draft. The Giants signed Sills to the Practice Squad in September 2019 after he was cut by the Buffalo Bills. The Giants then signed him to the 53-man roster in mid-December 2019. He did not play in a game however.

Da’Mari Scott opted out of the 2020 NFL season due to the COVID-19 issue. The Giants claimed Scott off of waivers from the Buffalo Bills in July 2019. They waived him in August but Scott spent time on both the team’s Practice Squad and 53-man roster during the season. In all, Scott played in five games with two starts. He finished the year with just two catches for 22 yards. He also returned four kickoffs (27.5 yards per return) and six punts (5.3 yards per return). The 6’0”, 205-pound Scott was originally signed by the Cleveland Browns as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2018 NFL Draft. The Browns waived him in December 2018 and he was then signed by the Bills.

Tight Ends/H-Backs:

The Giants placed Evan Engram on Injured Reserve in December 2019 due to a foot injury that he suffered more than a month earlier in November. He also missed a game in October with a knee injury. In all, Engram played in eight games in 2019 with six starts, catching 44 passes for 467 yards and three touchdowns. The Giants drafted Engram in the 1st round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Other than too many dropped passes, Engram had a very solid rookie season for the Giants in 2017, playing in 15 games with 11 starts, and finishing with a team-high 64 catches for 722 yards and a team-high six touchdown receptions. It was a tale of two seasons for Engram in 2018. Before the bye week, Engram missed three games with a knee injury and caught just 17 passes for 145 yards and two touchdowns. After the bye, Engram missed two games with a hamstring injury, but his productivity increased to 28 catches for 432 yards and one touchdown, with a number of game-changing plays. The injury-prone Engram is not built like a traditional tight end, more like an H-Back/wide receiver ‘tweener. The strength of Engram’s game is catching the football. He creates mismatches because of his combination of size and athletic ability. Engram is quick and fast. He runs good routes and is a natural pass receiver with a good catch radius. He is not a good blocker.

The Giants claimed Kaden Smith off of waivers from the San Francisco 49ers in September 2019. He surprisingly became a major contributor after the bye week when injuries started to hit the tight end position hard. Smith played in nine games with six starts, and finished the season with 31 catches for 268 yards (8.6 yards per catch) and three touchdowns. Smith was originally drafted in the 6th round of the 2019 NFL Draft by the 49ers. While not a dynamic athlete, Smith has good size (6’5”, 249 pounds), runs good routes, and catches the ball well. He also is good blocker. Smith did fumble the ball twice in his limited chances.

The Giants signed Levine Toilolo as an unrestricted free agent from the San Francisco 49ers in March 2020. The 6’8”, 268-pound Toilolo was originally drafted in the 4th round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons. He spent five seasons with the Falcons before being cut in March 2018. Toilolo then spent 2018 with the Detroit Lions and 2019 with the 49ers. In seven NFL seasons, Toilolo has played in 108 regular-season games with 67 starts, catching 97 passes for 996 yards and eight touchdowns. He caught just two passes for 10 yards during the 2019 regular season. Toilolo is a huge tight end known for his blocking.

The Giants signed Eric Tomlinson as an unrestricted free agent from the Las Vegas Raiders in March 2020. This is Tomlinson’s second stint with the Giants. The team signed Tomlinson in September 2019 after he was cut by the New York Jets. The Giants waived him three weeks later after he played in three games with no starts. Tomlinson was then picked up by the New England Patriots, where he started both games that he played in, and the Raiders, where he started one of the three games he played in. Tomlinson played in eight games with three starts in 2019, catching just one pass for one yard. The 27-year old, 6’6”, 263-pound Tomlinson was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Philadelphia Eagles after the 2015 NFL Draft. The Eagles cut him before the season started and he was then signed to the Practice Squad of the Houston Texans. In November 2016, the Jets signed him to their 53-man roster. In three seasons with the Jets, Tomlinson played in 36 regular-season games with 29 starts, catching 16 passes for 193 yards and one touchdown.

The Giants signed Rysen John to the Practice Squad in late October 2020. The Giants originally signed John as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2020 NFL Draft. The Giants waived/injured John in early September 2020 with a hamstring injury. The 6’7”, 220-pound John was a receiver in college.

Offensive Tackles:

The Giants drafted Andrew Thomas in the 1st round of the 2020 NFL Draft. The 6’5”, 315-pound Thomas is a junior entry, but three-year starter at Georgia with experience at both tackle positions. Big frame with very long arms. Thomas is a tough, 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 needs to improve his overall technique and consistency in that department. Team leader.

The Giants signed Cam Fleming as an unrestricted free agent from the Dallas Cowboys in March 2020. The 6’5”, 320-pound Fleming was originally drafted in the 4th round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots. After four years in New England, he signed with the Cowboys. In six NFL seasons, Cameron has played in 75 regular-season games with 26 starts. He has experience at both tackle spots, where he has started 10 games at each position. Cameron has also played in 11 post-season games with two starts.

The Giants selected Matt Peart in the 3rd round of the 2020 NFL Draft. The 6’7”, 318-pound Peart was a 4-year starter in college with experience at both tackle spots. Peart combines excellent size, long arms, and good overall athletic ability. He has the frame to get bigger and he needs to get stronger. Right now he is a better pass protector than run blocker. He could play with more meanness to his game. Team leader.

The Giants claimed Jackson Barton off of waivers from the Kansas City Chiefs in early September 2020. The 6’7”, 302-pound Barton was originally drafted in the 7th round of the 2019 NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts. The Chiefs signed him off of the Colts’ Practice Squad in 2019. Barton has not played in an NFL game.

Nate Solder opted out of the 2020 NFL season due to the COVID-19 issue. In March 2018, the Giants made Solder the highest-paid offensive lineman in the NFL when they signed him away from the New England Patriots as unrestricted free agent. However, despite 32 straight starts at left tackle for New York, Solder has not played well at all with the Giants. He really struggled during the first half of 2018 before settling down a bit during the second half of the season. In 2019, his inconsistent play throughout the year both as a pass protector and run blocker was a significant factor in the team’s struggles. The 6’8”, 325-pound Solder was drafted in the 1st round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Patriots. In nine seasons, Solder has started 127 of the 130 regular-season games he has played in. He is a long, lean tackle with good overall athleticism. However, off-the-field issues with a sick child could understandably be affecting his focus and play.

Offensive Guards:

The Giants selected Will Hernandez in the 2nd round of the 2018 NFL Draft. While he had some growing pains, Hernandez, ended up starting all 16 games at left guard and was named named to Pro Football Writers of America’s All-Rookie Team. He started all 16 games at left guard again in 2019 but never made the improvements in consistency that was expected. There were still too many mistakes as both a run and pass blocker. Hernandez lacks ideal height, but he is a big, tough, strong, powerful guard who does his best work in-line and not on the move. Hernandez can maul and get movement as a run blocker. He plays with an attitude and looks to finish his blocks and punish opponents. Hernandez lacks ideal foot quickness which hampers his game in space and, at times, as a pass protector.

The Giants acquired Kevin Zeitler by trade from the Cleveland Browns in March 2019 in exchange for linebacker Olivier Vernon. He started 15 games at right guard, missing one game due to ankle and wrist injuries. While Zeitler was an upgrade for the Giants at the right guard position, he did not play as well as expected for the team in 2019. Zeitler was originally drafted in the 1st round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals. He signed a 5-year, $60 million contract with the Browns in March 2017, which at the time made him the highest-paid guard in the NFL. In seven seasons, Zeitler has started 118 of the 119 regular-season games he has played in. Zeitler has good size (6’4”, 315lbs) and is usually a consistently solid run and pass blocker.

The Giants drafted Shane Lemieux in the 5th round of the 2020 NFL Draft. The 6’4”, 310-pound Lemieux started an incredible 52 games in college, never missing a game. Tough, strong, blue-collar offensive guard who could project to center. He has good size but also  has athletic limitations that will limit his upside. Lemieux can create movement as a run blocker, but can be exposed by quick pass rushers at times. Smart.

The Giants signed Chad Slade to a reserve/futures contract in January 2019. While he surprisingly made the team, he wasn’t active for any game. The 6’5”, 315-pound Slade was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Houston Texans after the 2015 NFL Draft. Slade spent his rookie season on Injured Reserve and the 2016 and 2018 seasons on the Practice Squad of the Texans. In 2017, Slade played in five games with three starts (two at right guard and one at tight end) for the Texans.

The Giants signed Kyle Murphy as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2020 NFL Draft. Murphy was a 3-year starter in college with experience all along the offensive line. Team leader. Murphy moves well with good agility.

Offensive Centers:

The Giants signed Nick 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). Despite his inexperience, Gates played decently in those three games. He’s a versatile player with good size (6’6”, 307 pounds) and some athleticism.

The Giants claimed Spencer Pulley off of waivers from the Los Angeles Chargers in September 2018. That season, Pulley was inserted into the starting line-up in late October. He struggled in his nine starts at center and missed one game due to an injury. In 2019, Pulley played in four games with one start in which he again struggled. Pulley was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Chargers after the 2016 NFL Draft. Spencer started all 16 regular-season games for the Chargers in 2017 at center. He also is able to play guard.

Defensive Ends:

Dexter Lawrence had a promising first season with the Giants, starting all 16 games, playing 63 percent of all defensive snaps, and accruing 38 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 1 pass defense, and 1 forced fumble. He was also named named to Pro Football Writers of America’s All-Rookie Team. The Giants drafted Lawrence in the 1st round of the 2019 NFL Draft. Built like a prototypical run-stuffing nose tackle with excellent size and strength, the Giants surprisingly played him more at defensive end in 2019. While Lawrence can generate a power rush, he lacks dynamic pass rush moves.

The Giants acquired Leonard Williams by trade from the New York Jets in late October 2019. He played in eight games for the Giants with five starts, finishing with 26 tackles, 0.5 sacks, 2 pass defenses, and 1 forced fumble. The 6’5”, 302-pound Williams was the sixth player taken overall in the 2015 NFL Draft by the Jets. In four and a half seasons with the Jets, Williams started 70 games, accruing 240 tackles, 17 sacks, one interception, and two forced fumbles. His best season was 2016, when he was credited with 68 tackles and seven sacks. A very good run defender, Williams has not been able to generate a consistent pass rush in his five-year pro career.

B.J. Hill saw his playing time decrease in his second season, his snap count falling from 59 percent in 2018 to 44 percent in 2019. He was probably the player most affected by the trade for Leonard Williams. Hill played in all 16 games with five starts (down from 12 in 2018) and finished the season with 36 tackles and one sack. The Giants drafted Hill in the 3rd round of the 2018 NFL Draft. As a rookie, he played in all 16 games, finishing the season with 48 tackles, 5.5 sacks, and two pass defenses. Hill has good quickness for his size, plays with leverage, and flashes the ability to disrupt.

After missing most of his rookie season with unpublicized medical condition, R.J. McIntosh played in 12 games as a reserve in 2019, playing 10 percent of all defensive snaps, and finishing the year with 13 tackles and two sacks. The Giants selected McIntosh in the 5th round of the 2018 NFL Draft. McIntosh combines good size and overall athleticism.

The Giants signed Niko Lalos as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2020 NFL Draft. Lalos played defensive end in college but could project to outside linebacker at the pro level.

The Giants signed David Moa to the Practice Squad in early October 2020. The 6’3”, 296-pound Moa was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Minnesota Vikings after the 2020 NFL Draft. The Vikings waived him in early September and he then spent a week on the Practice Squad on the Atlanta Falcons.

Nose Tackles:

Dalvin Tomlinson was the team’s primary nose tackle in 2019, starting all 16 games, playing in 54 percent of all defensive snaps, and finishing the season with 49 tackles, 3.5 sacks, and 1 forced fumble. In addition, he became a more disruptive player as the season progressed. The Giants drafted Tomlinson in the 2nd round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Tomlinson started every game as a rookie and finished the season with 50 tackles and one sack. He started 2018 in the 3-technique position in the team’s new 3-4 scheme before being moved to the 1-technique spot after nose tackle Damon Harrison was traded. He finished 2018 with 59 tackles and no sacks. Tomlinson is an average-sized tackle who is very strong and tough. He is a good run defender who flashes the ability to disrupt plays in the backfield.

The Giants signed Austin Johnson as an unrestricted free agent from the Tennessee Titans in March 2020. The 6’4”, 314-pound Johnson was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2016 NFL Draft by the Titans. In four seasons in Tennessee, Johnson played in 58 regular-season games with 13 starts, compiling 83 tackles, 2.5 sacks, and five pass defenses. In 2019, Johnson played in all 16 regular-season games with one start and finished the year with 23 tackles. Johnson is a big, strong run defender who never lived up to expectations in Tennessee. He played under current Giants’ defensive line coach Sean Spencer at Penn State.

Outside Linebackers:

The Giants signed Kyler Fackrell as an unrestricted free agent from the Green Bay Packers in March 2020. The 6’5”, 245-pound Fackrell was drafted in the 3rd round of the 2016 NFL Draft by the Packers. In four seasons with Green Bay, Fackrell has played in 61 regular-season games with nine starts, compiling 111 tackles, 16.5 sacks, one pass defense, and one forced fumble. He finished 2019 with 23 tackles and one sack. Fackrell’s best season was in 2018 when he started seven games and accrued 42 tackles and 10.5 sacks. Fackrell is a big linebacker who can rush the passer. He needs to be a more physical run defender.

The Giants selected Cam Brown in the 6th round of the 2020 NFL Draft. The 6’5”, 233-pound Brown was a 2-year starter in college. Very tall and lanky outside backer with long arms and decent speed. Brown is an aggressive but not overly instinctive player. 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. Team leader.

The Giants selected Carter Coughlin in the 7th round of the 2020 NFL Draft. A 3-year starter at Minnesota, the 6’3”, 236-pound Coughlin is an outside linebacker who can play over the tight end. He may project to inside linebacker in the pros. Coughlin can set the edge against the run. Hustles and chases. Coughlin is limited by his athletic limitations, but he is a tough, competitive over-achiever who is reliable and consistent. Solid in coverage.

The Giants signed Jabaal Sheard off of the Practice Squad of the Jacksonville Jaguars in October 2020. The 6’3”, 268-pound Sheard was originally drafted in the 2nd round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns. He has spent time with the Browns (2011-2014), New England Patriots (2015-2016), Indianapolis Colts (2017-2019), and Jaguars (2020). Sheard has played in 135 regular-season games with 103 starts, accruing 362 tackles, 51.5 sacks, 13 forced fumbles, and 28 pass defenses. He started 12 games for the Colts in 2019.

The Giants signed Trent Harris to the Practice Squad and then the 53-man roster in October 2020. The 6’2”, 255-pound Harris was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the New England Patriots after the 2018 NFL Draft. He spent his rookie season on the Practice Squad of the Patriots. The Miami Dolphins claimed Harris off of waivers in September 2019. He played in 11 games with three starts with the Dolphins, accruing 20 tackles and 1.5 sacks. The Dolphins cut him in early September 2020.

Oshane Ximines was placed on Injured Reserve in early October 2020 with a shoulder injury that he suffered in Week 4. Ximines had a mixed performance in his rookie season in 2019. He received significant playing time, playing in all 16 games with two starts, playing in 45 percent of all defensive snaps, and accruing 25 tackles, 4.5 sacks, and one pass defense. The Giants drafted Ximines in the 3rd round of the 2019 NFL Draft. Ximines played at end in college but was moved to outside linebacker in the Giants’ 3-4 system. He has a nice combination of size (6’4”, 254 pounds) and overall athletic-ability. Ximines flashed at times as a pass rusher, but he must become a more physical run defender and more consistent, dynamic performer when rushing the passer. He also needs work in coverage.

The Giants placed Lorenzo Carter on Injured Reserve with a ruptured Achilles’ tendon that he suffered in Week 5 in October 2020. He underwent surgery and missed the rest of the season after starting all five games and finishing with 14 tackles and one sack. The Giants drafted Carter in the 3rd round of the 2018 NFL Draft. Carter played in 15 games as a rookie with two starts, finishing the season with 43 tackles, 4 sacks, and 4 pass defenses. In 2019, Carter started 12 of the 15 games he played in, finishing the year with 45 tackles, 4.5 sacks, 5 pass defenses, and 1 forced fumble. Carter is a tall, athletic, disruptive forward mover. Carter looks the part, combining good size (6’5”, 255 pounds) and overall athletic ability. He flashes the ability to disrupt, but must do a better job of disengaging from blockers and making more plays. Versatile, he can play with his hand in the dirt.

Inside Linebackers:

The Giants signed Blake Martinez as an unrestricted free agent from the Green Bay Packers in March 2020. The 6’2”, 237-pound Martinez was originally drafted in the 4th round of the 2016 NFL Draft by the Packers. In four seasons with Green Bay, Martinez has played in 61 regular-season games with 57 starts, accruing 512 tackles, 10 sacks, 17 pass defenses, three interceptions, and two forced fumbles. In 2019, he was credited with 155 tackles, three sacks, two pass defenses, one interception, and one forced fumble. Martinez lacks ideal size and range for the position, but he is a heady player who can make the defensive calls and gets in on lot of tackles. He is better against the run than the pass.

The Giants placed David Mayo on Injured Reserve in early September 2020 with a torn meniscus in his left knee that required surgery. He was activated from Injured Reserve in mid-October. The Giants signed Mayo in September 2019 after he was cut by the San Francisco 49ers. He surprisingly ended up playing in all 16 games with 13 starts, playing in 57 percent of all defensive snaps, and finishing with 82 tackles, 2 sacks, and 2 pass defenses. The 6’2”, 240-pound Mayo was originally drafted in the 5th round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Carolina Panthers. After four seasons in Carolina, Mayo signed with the San Francisco 49ers in March 2019. Before coming to the Giants, Mayo only had started four NFL games in four seasons. Mayo lacks ideal tools which limits his ability defend the run and cover receivers, but he plays hard.

The Giants signed Devante Downs to the Practice Squad and then 53-man roster in October 2019. He ended up playing in seven games with no starts, accruing just one tackle. All of his playing time came on special teams. The 6’2”, 252-pound Downs was originally drafted in the 7th round of the 2018 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings. Downs played in 13 games with the Vikings, with no starts, accruing three tackles. The Vikings waived him in late September.

The Giants selected T.J. Brunson in the 7th round of the 2020 NFL Draft. The 6’1”, 230-pound Brunson is an undersized inside linebacker with decent but not ideal athleticism. He is very physical and aggressive, to the point where it sometimes hurts his game. Brunson needs to play under more control and consistently wrap up as a tackler. Hard worker and team leader.

The Giants placed Tae Crowder on Injured Reserve in October 2020 with a groin injury. Up until that point, Crowder had played in five games, starting two, accruing 18 tackles, one pass defense, and returning one fumble for game-winning touchdown. The Giants selected Crowder in the 7th round of the 2020 NFL Draft. The 6’3”, 235-pound Crowder was moved from running back to linebacker in college and thus is still learning the position. Only a 1-year starter. He is a good athlete and has added size to his frame. Crowder is more instinctive than you would expect given his lack of experience.

Cornerbacks:

The Giants signed James Bradberry as an unrestricted free agent from the Carolina Panthers in March 2020. The 6’1”, 212-pound Bradberry was originally drafted in the 2nd round of the 2016 NFL Draft by the Panthers. In four seasons with Carolina, Bradberry has started all 60 regular-season games that he has played in, accruing 222 tackles, three sacks, 47 pass defenses, eight interceptions, and two forced fumbles. In 2019, he started 15 games and finished the year with 65 tackles, one sack, 12 pass defenses, and three interceptions. Blessed with good size and overall athletic ability, the Panthers often used Bradberry to cover the opposing team’s best receiver.

Corey Ballentine experienced quite a few growing pains as a rookie, often successfully being targeted in coverage. Ballentine played in 13 games with two starts, receiving 27 percent of all defensive snaps. He finished with 26 tackles and two pass defenses. The Giants drafted Ballentine in the 6th round of the 2019 NFL Draft. Ballentine was a 2-year starter at a Division-II college so he is very green. Ballentine combines decent size (6’0”, 191 pounds) with very good overall athleticism and speed. The Giants had him playing nickel corner later in the year even though he is physically better suited for an outside position. Ballentine also returned 10 kickoffs, averaging 25.6 yards per return.

The Giants drafted Darnay Holmes in the 4th round of the 2020 NFL Draft. The 5’10”, 195-pound Holmes was a 3-year starter in college. He lacks ideal height and is probably best suited to slot corner in the NFL. Holmes is a very smart and competitive player who is equally comfortable with press and off coverage. Good speed and quickness. He makes plays on the football. Overly aggressive at times, Holmes needs to guard better against double moves. Despite his lack of size, he is a tough guy who will play the run. Holmes can also return punts and kickoffs.

The Giants traded a 7th-round pick to the Denver Broncos for Isaac Yiadom in early September 2020. The 6’1”, 190-pound Yiadom was originally drafted in the 3rd round of the 2018 NFL Draft by the Broncos. In two years with Denver, Yiadom played in 29-regular season games with nine starts, accruing 61 tackles, seven pass defenses, and one interception.

The Giants signed Ryan Lewis to the Practice Squad in early September 2020. The 6’0”, 195-pound Lewis was originally signed by the Arizona Cardinals as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2017 NFL Draft. He has spent time with the Cardinals (2017), New England Patriots (2017-2018), Buffalo Bills (2018), Indianapolis Colts (2019), Philadelphia Eagles (2019), Miami Dolphins (2019), and Washington Football Team (2020). Lewis has played in 20 NFL regular-season games with two starts, accruing 43 tackles, eight pass defenses, and one interception.

The Giants signed Madre Harper off of the Practice Squad of the Las Vegas Raiders in late September 2020. The 6’1”, 196-pound Harper was signed by the Raiders as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2020 NFL Draft.

The Giants placed Brandon Williams on Injured Reserve in late September 2020 with a groin injury. The 6’0”, 200-pound Williams was originally drafted in the 3rd round of the 2016 NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals. In four seasons with the Cardinals, Williams played in 45 regular-season games with three starts, accruing 38 tackles and five pass defenses. He missed all of 2019 with a shoulder injury. The Giants signed him in late August 2020. He is primarily a special teams players.

The Giants signed Jarren Williams in early August 2020 after he was waived by the Arizona Cardinals and signed him to the Practice Squad in early September 2020. The 5’10”, 187-pound Williams was signed by the Cardinals as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2020 NFL Draft.

Sam Beal opted out of the 2020 NFL season due to the COVID-19 issue. Beal has had a rough start to his pro career. The Giants selected Beal in the 3rd round of the Supplemental Draft in July 2018. He missed all of his rookie season when he was placed on Injured Reserve in July 2018 with a shoulder injury that required surgery. The Giants placed Beal on Injured Reserve again in September 2019 with hamstring and groin injuries, but added him to the 53-man roster in early November. Beal missed the last game with another shoulder issue. In all, Beal played in six games with three starts, receiving 26 percent of defensive snaps, and accruing 26 tackles and one pass defense. Beal combines good size (6’1”, 177 pounds) and overall athleticism. Stating the obvious, Beal needs to stay healthy. But he flashes the ability to be a solid coverman when he does play.

Safeties:

Although he did not live up to the preseason hype, Jabrill Peppers had a decent first year with the Giants and was improving before he suffered a transverse process fracture in his back in the game against the Chicago Bears in late November, ending his season. Peppers started all 11 games he played in, and despite missing the last five games, still finished fourth on the team in tackles with 76. He also had five pass defenses, one interception that he returned for a touchdown, and three forced fumbles. He also returned one kickoff and four punts. Peppers was originally drafted in the 1st round of the 2017 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns. He was traded to the Giants as part of the Odell Beckham deal in March 2019. Peppers combines good size (5’11”, 215 pounds) and overall athleticism. Still a better athlete than football player, Peppers flashes signs of being an impact safety, but he must become a more consistent player, especially against the pass. He is a good run defender, but should be a more productive blitzer than he has to-date (one career sack in three seasons).

The Giants signed Logan Ryan in late August 2020. The 5’11”, 195-pound Ryan was originally drafted in the 3rd round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots. He has spent time with the Patriots (2013-2016) and Titans (2017-2019), playing 109 regular-season games with 85 starts. In 2019 with the Titans, Ryan started all 16 regular-season games and accrued 105 tackles, 4.5 sacks, 18 pass defenses, and four interceptions. A career cornerback, Ryan has indicated he would like to be moved to safety.

A college corner, the Giants moved Julian Love to safety in his rookie season. Love experienced the expected growing pains but flashed both against the run and the pass in his first year. He played in 15 games with five starts, playing 37 percent of all defensive snaps, and accruing 37 tackles, 3 pass defenses, 1 interception, and 1 forced fumble. The Giants drafted Love in the 4th round of the 2019 NFL Draft. A bit of a ‘tweener, Love lacks ideal size for safety (5’11”, 195 pounds) and speed for corner. But he is quick, instinctive, and physical.

The Giants claimed Adrian Colbert off of waivers from the Kansas City Chiefs in early September 2020. The 6’2”, 205-pound Colbert was originally drafted in the 7th round of the 2017 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers. Colbert has spent time with the 49ers (2017-2019), Seattle Seahawks (2019), Miami Dolphins (2019), and Chiefs (2020). He has played in 27 regular-season games with 17 starts, accruing 74 tackles and eight pass defenses. Colbert has also played cornerback and is a good gunner on special teams.

The Giants signed Nate Ebner as an unrestricted free agent from the New England Patriots in March 2020. The 6’0”, 215-pound Ebner was originally drafted in the 6th round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Patriots. In eight seasons in New England, Ebner has played in 111 regular-season games with no starts, accruing 95 tackles and one forced fumble, mostly on special teams.

The Giants selected Chris Williamson in the 7th round of the 2020 NFL Draft. The 6’0”, 205-pound Williams combines good size and overall athleticism. He has experience playing as a hybrid inside defensive back/linebacker and is physical with receivers in coverage. Williamson is aggressive in run support and will hit but he needs to play under more control.

The Giants signed Montre Hartage to the Practice Squad in late October 2020. The 6’0”, 190-pound Hartage originally signed with the Dolphins as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2019 NFL Draft. Hartage played in four games with no starts, accruing eight tackles and one pass defense. He spent most of the season on Miami’s Practice Squad. The Giants claimed Hartage off of waivers from the Miami Dolphins in April 2020 and waived/injured Hartage in early September 2020 with a hamstring injury.

The Giants placed Xavier McKinney on Injured Reserve in early September 2020 with a fractured left foot that required surgery. The Gians drafted McKinney in the 2nd round of the 2020 NFL Draft. The 6’0, 201-pound McKinney was a junior entry and 2-year starter in college. He is a very versatile player who is able to play both safety spots and slot corner. McKinney plays faster than he times and has good quickness. He is instinctive in coverage and makes a lot of plays on the football. McKinney is aggressive and physical in run defense. Good blitzer and he will hit you. He does need to become a more consistent tackler. Team leader who quarterbacks the secondary.

The Giants injured/waived Jaquarius Landrews and placed him on Injured Reserve in early September 2020 with a neck injury. The Giants signed the 6’0”, 200-pound Landrews as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2020 NFL Draft.

Punters, Kickers, and Snappers:

Punter Riley Dixon had a solid season in 2019, averaging 46.1 yards per punt (13th in the NFL) and 42.3 net yards per punt (9th in the NFL), with 29 of his punts being downed inside the 20-yard line. The 6’5”, 226-pound Dixon was originally drafted in the 7th round of the 2016 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos. He was named to the All-Rookie team. The Giants traded with the Broncos for Dixon in April 2018, giving the Broncos a conditional 7th-round draft pick. He had a solid inaugural year for the Giants, finishing 7th in net punting in the NFL (41.8 yards per punt).

The Giants signed Grahan Gano in August 2020. 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 is a 82 percent field goal kicker who made the Pro Bowl in 2017. He also kicked a 63-yard field goal against the Giants in 2018.

The Giants signed 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. In all, Kreiter, served as Denver’s long snapper in 58 regular-season games.

The Giants signed Carson Tinker in early September 2020. The 6’0”, 237-pound Tinker was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Jacksonville Jaguars after the 2013 NFL Draft. He played in 69 regular-season games for the Jaguars from 2013-2018. The Jaguars cut him in March 2019 and he did not play that year.