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Pass rush gets boost with DE George Selvie

Steve Spagnuolo's defenses get after the quarterback.


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During his first stint as defensive coordinator with the Giants in 2007 and 2008, his unit finished first and eighth in the NFL in sacks, respectively. The Giants also stopped the run then, ranking in the top 10 each of those two seasons.

On Friday, the team added another piece to do both with the signing of George Selvie, a free agent who played the last two seasons in Dallas.

Selvie and Spagnuolo join a Giants defense that ranked 29th in yards allowed per game last season. Big Blue was able to pressure the quarterback down the stretch in 2014, recording 29 of its 47 sacks in the final five weeks. However, the Giants struggled against the run and gave up an NFL-worst 4.9 yards per carry.

But 2015 is a new year.

Here we take a look at the defensive ends currently on the Giants' roster:

George Selvie

Height: 6-4   Weight: 270   Age: 28
Experience: 6th season
2014 (DAL): 16 G, 13 GS, 30 tackles, 3.0 sacks, 1 PD, 1 FF
Career: 68 G, 29 GS, 117 tackles, 13.0 sacks, 2 PD, 2 FF

Selvie started all but three games at left defensive end for the Cowboys over the last two years. After recording career highs in tackles (45) and sacks (7.0) in 2013, he followed up with 30 tackles and 3.0 sacks last season while Dallas ranked eighth against the run and 19th against the pass. Selvie was originally drafted by the Rams out of South Florida in 2010, the same school and year that defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul was selected with the 15th overall pick by the Giants.

The Giants have signed DE George Selvie

Jason Pierre-Paul

Height: 6-5   Weight: 278   Age: 26
Experience: 6th season
2014: 16 G, 16 GS, 77 tackles, 12.5 sacks, 6 PD, 3 FF
Career: 75 G, 49 GS, 286 tackles, 42.0 sacks, 28 PD, 8 FF, 2 INT, 2 TD

The Giants designated Pierre Paul as their franchise player earlier this month before the former first-round draft choice was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on March 10. After having just 8.5 sacks over the previous two seasons, Pierre-Paul had 12.5 in 2014 for his first double-digit sack performance since his breakout year in 2011 when he had 16.5.

Robert Ayers

Height: 6-3   Weight: 275   Age: 29
Experience: 7th season
2014: 12 G, 1 GS, 22 tackles, 5.0 sacks, 1 PD, 1 FF
Career: 84 G, 164 tackles, 17.0 sacks, 9 PD, 4 FF

Signed last offseason after five years with the Denver Broncos, Ayers was tied with Jason Pierre-Paul for the team lead in sacks before suffering a season-ending torn pectoral muscle against the Jaguars in Week 13.

Cullen Jenkins

Height: 6-2   Weight: 305   Age: 34
Experience: 12th season
2014: 12 G, 11 GS, 15 Tackles, 1.0 Sack, 5 QBH, 1 FR 
Career: 153 G, 124 GS, 306 Tackles, 44.5 Sacks, 1 INT, 89 QBH, 8 FF, 9 FR

Missing a regular-season game for the first time since 2010 when he was with the Green Bay Packers, Jenkins dealt with a calf injury midway through 2014, sidelining the 11-year veteran for four out of five weeks after the bye. Jenkins played left defensive tackle for the first half of the season before taking over at left defensive end for Mathias Kiwanuka and Ayers after they were placed on injured reserve.

Damontre Moore

Height: 6-5   Weight: 250   Age: 22
Experience: 3rd season
2014: 16 G, 0 GS, 32 Tackles, 5.5 Sacks, 12 QBH
Career: 31 G, 0 GS, 43 Tackles, 5.5 Sacks, 15 QBH, 1 FF

Selected by the Giants in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft, Moore registered his first career sack last season in Week 4 against the Redskins and notched 5.5 on the year. Moore has shown flashes of his potential, including his first multi-sack performance against the Titans in Week 14. Moore was part of a pass rush that, after a slow start, finished fourth in the league in sacks.

Kerry Wynn

Height: 6-5   Weight: 264   Age: 24
Experience: 2nd season
2014: 5 G, 0 GS, 17 Tackles, 1.5 Sacks, 1 INT, 3 QBH
Career: Rookie

Undrafted out of Richmond, Wynn worked his way into a roster spot during training camp and waited for his opportunity until he suited up for the first time in Week 13. He made the most of it and combined for a sack and three tackles in his debut. Wynn went on to become another fixture in a productive 2014 rookie class, highlighted by his game in St. Louis, where he recorded a sack, interception and fumble recovery in a spirited victory.

Paul Hazel

Height: 6-5   Weight: 227   Age: 24
Experience: 2nd season
2014: 4 G
Career: 13 G, 3 tackles

Able to play linebacker and defensive end, Hazel was signed to the Giants' practice squad last December and eventually elevated to the active roster, suiting up for the final four games of the season.

Jordan Stanton

Height: 6-4   Weight: 263   Age: 23
Experience: 1st season
2014/Career: Has not appeared in an NFL game.

Signed to a reserve/future contract by the Giants after last season, Stanton spent training camp with the Giants in 2014 and was eventually signed to the practice squad.

Photos of the Giants 2015 official roster

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