WHAT WE LEARNED ABOUT THE DEFENSE
🏈 The positionless protection added a positionless participant. Two weeks earlier than the 2023 NFL season kicks off, the Giants acquired versatile security Isaiah Simmons from the Cardinals in trade for a 2024 seventh-round draft selection.
They waisted no time in getting him on the sector, beginning the eighth total decide within the 2020 NFL Draft simply at some point after he arrived in East Rutherford. Simmons had an affect play in his Giants debut and pressured four-time NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers, who was enjoying in his first sport as a Jet, on third-and-long to power a punt.
Simmons has by no means missed a sport in his profession, showing 50 occasions within the common season with 37 begins. In three NFL seasons, he has recorded 181 tackles, 7.5 sacks, 4 interceptions (one returned for a landing), 16 passes defensed, 11 quarterback hits, 13 tackles for loss, seven compelled fumbles, and two fumble recoveries. Final season, Simmons posted career-highs in sacks (4.0), interceptions (two), tackles for loss (5), and passes defensed (tied with seven).
His actual worth, although, is his versatility.
“That is one of many the reason why we made the commerce,” Daboll mentioned. “We thought there’s some upside there. Once more, we’ll put him in, we’ll ask him to do most likely fairly a little bit of issues simply to see what he takes to. A man that is, once more, athletic, explosive, has good measurement. I’ve seen him do some a number of issues. Till we get him right here, I am going to provide you with a greater reply, however actually completely satisfied to have him.”
That goes double for defensive coordinator Wink Martindale, who lately talked about not wanting to place gamers “in a field” with labels.
“We wish to put strain on the quarterback in numerous methods as a result of, like I’ve mentioned many occasions, strain breaks pipes,” Martindale mentioned. “It is a kind of issues the place I say it is a positionless protection, so I simply do not restrict them and put them in a field. … It is what they do finest, how can we get a free runner to the quarterback, and what it takes is 11 selfless guys on the market and that is what you might be seeing with us, with our guys. They’re selfless gamers.”
🏈 Linebacker Carter Coughlin flashed on Saturday night time with two tackles for loss.
🏈 Claimed lower than two weeks in the past off waivers from Denver, linebacker Ray Wilborn had the lone sack of the night time for the Giants.