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Giants Now: Brian Baldinger breaks down Bobby Okereke's game tape


Brian Baldinger breaks down Bobby Okereke's game tape

NFL Network analyst Brian Baldinger recently continued his 'Baldy's Breakdowns' series by breaking down the game tape of Giants linebacker Bobby Okereke.

Following Okereke's breakout campaign last year, it should come as no surprise that the analyst had nothing but high praise for the veteran.

"Fundamentally as sound as you can get..." the NFL analyst said about the 27-year-old linebacker. "He played every snap last year. Every snap. He was everything they hoped he would be, like a true MIKE linebacker."

The 27-year-old registered a team-high 149 total tackles, the third-most in Giants history and the ninth-most in the league last season, while setting new career-highs with four forced fumbles, 2.5 sacks, 11 tackles for loss, six quarterback hits and 10 passes defensed.

Perhaps more impressive than the stats in his breakout season was his ability to stay on the field. Okereke displayed tremendous durability by playing every single one of the team's defensive snaps, making him and former Giants safety Xavier McKinney the only two defensive players in the league to to be on the field for every defensive snap last season.

As if all of his on-field production wasn't enough, Okereke was also voted a team captain prior to the start of his first season with the Giants, indicative of his leadership within the locker room.

"You go through and you're always evaluating yourself and so I think our free agent process was good," general manager Joe Schoen said following the conclusion of the 2023 campaign. "We brought in guys that fit our culture, they were good guys, they helped elevate their rooms and Bobby O's one of those guys."

Okereke combined with Micah McFadden to create a formidable linebacker duo last season, as the latter set numerous career-highs himself in 2023. McFadden recorded 101 total tackles (63 solo), 12 tackles for loss, six quarterback hits, four fumble recoveries, five passes defensed and an interception, all of which topped his rookie season marks.

"I think we can be as good as we want to be," Okereke said Tuesday about the defense's potential. "We have very talented pieces and we're just working every day to get better."

Baldinger was also present for Wednesday's minicamp practice, where he took note of rookie wide receiver Malik Nabers' explosiveness.

View the best photos as the Giants take the field for minicamp at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.

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