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Giants Now: The 33rd Team ranks Brian Burns trade among best offseason moves of 2024


The 33rd Team ranks Brian Burns trade among best offseason moves of 2024

With contact not yet permitted at practice, we have yet to see outside linebacker Brian Burns fully unleashed. Nonetheless, his speed and explosiveness off the line of scrimmage is already easy to see.

The 33rd Team's Marcus Mosher recently ranked the top five moves of the 2024 offseason, in which the Giants' acquisition of Burns came in at No. 3.

"The Giants were already set up well with Dexter Lawrence and Kayvon Thibodeaux, but the trade for Brian Burns gave them a bonafide No. 1 edge rusher who can win at an absurd rate," wrote Mosher. "He turned 26 in April but already has 46 sacks and 95 quarterback hits. His speed and bend around the edge are among the best in the NFL, and now he'll play on a strong defensive line that will almost guarantee that he'll see fewer double teams than ever."

Burns was set to be one of the top free agents on the market this offseason before the Panthers placed the franchise tag on him. The Giants acquired the 6-foot-5, 250-pound linebacker in a trade with the Panthers during the first week of free agency.

His 46 career sacks are tied for 12th in the NFL since he entered the league in 2019, while his 59 tackles for loss are tied for sixth-most in that span. He also has eight forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries to go with his 95 quarterback hits.

Burns has never recorded fewer than 7.5 sacks and 16 quarterback hits in a season, which he did as a rookie. He posted career-highs in sacks (12.5) and quarterback hits (22) in 2022, when he earned his second consecutive Pro Bowl nod.

He is one of only eight players in NFL history to record at least 7.5 sacks in each of their first five seasons.

"They have multiple All-Pro-caliber players on the unit, and none of them are older than 26," Mosher added. "The Giants have won two Super Bowls in this century, and both were due to their pass rush. Getting back to that formula is a smart idea for the franchise."

According to Pro Football Focus, the trio of Burns, Lawrence and Thibodeaux combined for 148 quarterback pressures in 2023.

Lawrence was recently named the No. 2 interior defensive lineman by PFF, and earlier this offseason, the analytics site listed him as the No. 8 player overall from the 2023 season. He registered 4.5 sacks, seven tackles for loss, 21 quarterback hits and two passes defensed to go with his 53 total tackles (32 solo), along with a career-high 65 total pressures.

Meanwhile, Thibodeaux saw his sack total increase from four during his rookie campaign to 11.5 last season. The 23-year-old also set new career-highs with three forced fumbles, 12 tackles for loss and 16 quarterback hits.

As the article mentioned, all three players are below the age of 27. Lawrence is the oldest in the group and he doesn't turn 27 until November.

Here are The 33rd Team's top five offseason moves:

1. Falcons sign Kirk Cousins
2. Texans sign Danielle Hunter
3. Giants trade for, sign Brian Burns
4. Chiefs sign WR 'Hollywood' Brown
5. Jets revamp offensive line

View photos of every move made by the Giants during the 2024 cycle.

View photos of the New York Giants' 2024 active roster as it currently stands.


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