Giants’ Defense: Projecting the 2014 starters

As of May 18, here are the Giants’ projected starters on defense…

Base Defense 4-3

RDE – Jason Pierre-Paul
RDT – Cullen Jenkins
LDT – Jon Hankins
LDE – Damontre Moore
SLB – Jameel McClain
MLB – John Beason
WLB – Spencer Paysinger
RCB – Prince Amukamara
SS – Antrel Rolle
FS – Will Hill
LCB – Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie

Defensive End - JPP and Damonster give the Giants the best chance at getting to the passer. Mathias Kiwanuka (41 tackles, 6 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries in 2013) will see action as well as free agent acquisition Robert Ayers. DL coach Robert Nunn has always been a proponent of playing the hot hand, so the strategy here changes from game to game.

Defensive Tackle - Jenkins is an old pro and Hankins is next man up after the departure of Linval Joseph vis free agency. Mike Patterson had a solid 2013 and the Giants are still high on Markus Kuhn. Rookie Jay Bromley will get his turn in the rotation as well. Of the UDFAs, Kelcy Quarles could challenge for a roster spot if not make a splash.

Linebackers - MLB Jon Beason is the mainstay. He wears the headset and will be on the field for 95% of the snaps barring anything unforeseen. McClain was an unexpected add after he was deemed too expensive for Baltimore. He’ll be on the field a lot, too. Paysinger played well in 2013 and has certainly earned a roster spot if not a starting role. The others will have to sing for their supper. Jacquain Williams has to stay healthy and Mark Herzlich is more of a special teamer these days. Expect the Giants to find a role for rookie Devon Kennard, who they have high hopes for. Much more depth and experience here than in 2013.

Cornerbacks - DRC and Prince will be the men with former Seahawk Walter Thurmond as the primary slot corner. Trumaine McBride and Jayron Hosley are the incumbent backups with newcomers Zack Bowman, Thomas Gordon and Bennett Jackson challenging for spots. A much improved group than the one they fielded last year.

Safety - Rolle is in the final year of his deal and is the captain of the defense along with Beason. He rarely comes off the field. Should Hill somehow skirt by his impending suspension, the Giants will have a nice 1-2 punch at safety. If Hill gets chopped, Stevie Brown, who is coming back from a season lost to injury, should get the job. But the Giants have been beefing up their secondary all winter. They signed Quentin Demps in free agency, still have the enigmatic Cooper Taylor and two rookies – Nat Berthe and CJ Barnett – that plan on factoring in.




10 comments
mcfly
mcfly

The dline scares me (and not in a good way). If JPP's back injury flairs up we are going to be very thin (where we already are). A lot of expectations being put on Moore and Hankins as well.

fast_eddie
fast_eddie

I just happy we will never see Corey Websters name listed as a defensive starter anymore. Addition by subtraction basically. Seriously, we should have a much improved and more importantly, a younger and more athletic defense this year and the new faces should provide a a much needed infusion of energy and focus. I also like the fact that we will have Jon Beason here for a full season. The guy is a born leader of men and with the departure of Justin Tuck, he will now be the "voice" of the defense along with Antrel Rolle...

Mike Dell Italia
Mike Dell Italia

Walter Thurmond in the slot, Stevie brown, Robert ayers, Jaquan Williams and that d tackle they drafted, it's going to be a top 10 defense at least.

Skookaloop
Skookaloop

IMO,

GIANTS 2014, Base Defense.....

RDE – JPP

RDT – Cullen Jenkins

LDT – Jon Hankins

LDE – R. Ayer's *******
SLB – Jameel McClain
MLB – John Beason
SCB – W. Thurmond *******
RCB – Prince Amukamara
SS – Antrel Rolle
FS – Q. Demps  /  S. Brown *******
LCB – Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie

spider43
spider43

Don't even know why you bothered to include Will Hill as a starter. He has no legs at all to stand on to justify his latest drug abuse strike. At least Robert Mathis for the Colts had a legitimate use and doctor's prescription so that he could treat a fertility problem and get his wife pregnant.  Hill has no excuse whatsoever.  If the Giants are smart, they will cut him and let him become some other team's problem after he serves yet another suspension.

Matthew Cohen
Matthew Cohen

@mcfly Ayers is very solid and should exceed expectations.  The line should be good but not incredible.  Having said that, they may only need to be good with the secondary as good as it is.

SNYGiants
SNYGiants moderator

@spider43  Still on the roster and the Giants are suddenly moving forward with him until the league says otherwise.

Jeff Comerford
Jeff Comerford

@spider43  Clomid is an infertility drug for women - not for men.  It is not FDA approved for use in men.  Men who use climid do so to kick start their hormone levels after using a cycle of steroids - so not a good comparison.  In addition - there is a hotline they can call to see if a prescription is ok, and a list of approved medications they can reference- so his story is more of a PR effort then anything else


Where I don't have any confidence in Will Hill's ability to stay clean - there still hasn't been an official announcement on his case - so who knows what will happen here.  If he is cleared - i am not so sure he won't fail another test eventually.  Until then - he is technically the starter.

mcfly
mcfly

I do like the Ayers signing (great comp by JF to Tuck the past several years). I guess my real complaint is that I've been so used to seeing the Giants with a stacked dline, when we run out something average I'm less than enthused.

The best signing is Thurmond, it allows Rolle to finally go back to roving centerfield. I'm not that high on DRC, but hopefully we can coach him up (wrap up!). The eventual loss of Hill is actually a big one. We need Brown to come back 100%.

Like many teams, our D will depend on how injuries play out during the season.