Beneficial free-agent signings, smart draft picks, and the intelligence of coordinator Patrick Graham paved the way for the improvement of the Giants defense last season. From 2019 to 2020, the unit went from 25th to 12th in the NFL in total yards allowed.
With Leonard Williams back on a new deal, second-round edge rusher Azeez Ojulari in the mix, and an improved secondary following the acquisition of Adoree’ Jackson, this defense should continue to prosper.
But that doesn’t mean there aren’t on-field issues involving a few specific individuals. A number of defensive players haven’t unlocked their full potential or made their presence felt, and as a result, may need to prove in 2021 they’re worthy of sticking around.