How do Giants fill spots on D-Line?

Posted Mar 27, 2014

A look at the Giants' options on the Defensive Line

Player turnover is unavoidable in today’s NFL.

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As the Giants’ roster currently stands, just 17 players remain from the Super Bowl XLVI-winning team two years ago.

Two of those departures came on back-to-back days when defensive end Justin Tuck signed with the Oakland Raiders and defensive tackle Linval Joseph went to the Vikings in the first week of free agency.


That’s the entire left side of the starting defensive line gone and needing to be replaced in 2014.

Here we take a look at how the Giants can fill the void by revamping with players waiting in the wings or reloading through the draft and free agency:

Current Defensive Linemen on NYG Roster

DE Jason Pierre-Paul, 5th season
2013: 11 G, 6 GS, 27 TCKL, 2.0 SCK, 4 PD, 1 INT, 1 TD
Career: 59 G, 209 TCKL, 29.5 SCK, 22 PD, 2 INT, 2 TD, 5 FF

DE Mathias Kiwanuka, 9th season
2013: 16 G, 10 GS, 41 TCKL, 6.0 SCK, 3 PD, 2 FF
Career: 109 G, 384 TCKL, 36.0 SCK, 13 PD, 3 INT, 10FF

DT Cullen Jenkins, 11th season
2013: 16 G, 15 GS, 31 TCKL, 5.0 SCK, 2 FF
Career: 141 G, 291 TCKL, 43.5 SCK, 17 PD, 1 INT, 8 FF

DT Markus Kuhn, 3rd season
2013: 5 G, 1 TCKL
Career: 15 G, 9 TCKL, 4 PD

DT Johnathan Hankins, 2nd season
2013: 11 G, 16 TCKL

DE Damontre Moore, 2nd season
2013: 15 G, 11 TCKL

DE Kendrick Adams, 2nd season
2013: Practice Squad’s Top Free-Agent Defensive Linemen Available (2013 Team)
DT Pat Sims (Raiders)
DE Shaun Phillips (Broncos)
DT Kevin Williams (Vikings)
DE Anthony Spencer (Cowboys)


Mike Mayock’s Top 5 Defensive Linemen in the 2014 NFL Draft

Defensive Tackle
1. Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh 
2. Timmy Jernigan, Florida State 
3. Louis Nix III, Notre Dame 
4. Ra'Shede Hageman, Minnesota 
5. Kelcy Quarles, South Carolina

Defensive End
1. Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina 
2. Kony Ealy, Missouri 
3. Dee Ford, Auburn 
4. Scott Crichton, Oregon State 
5. Stephon Tuitt, Notre Dame