The Giants defense hopes to rebound from a season in which they finished next to last statistically. There can only be improvement at this point, one would think.
Captain Justin Tuck is in the final year of his contract and has to show that he a) is healthy and b) is the right person to lead the defense going forward. He’s set some high goals in hopes of getting the Giants back to the playoffs and himself a new contract.
From Paul Schwartz of the Post:
“The ceiling is the No. 1 defense,” he said Thursday after practice. “That has to be in your thought process. We have the talent to do it. I don’t think anybody in that defensive meeting room can allow themselves to think that we can’t do that.”
Tuck wasn’t necessarily predicting it would happen, but the veteran said he sees tons of promise in the unit, even if it has been nicked up much of the preseason and didn’t perform well in last Sunday’s 20-12 preseason loss to the Colts. The Giants were 31st in the NFL in defense in 2012.
Injuries have put them in a hole early on. The player the Giants need back the most is obviously DE Jason Pierre-Paul. The defense goes as the pass rush goes, and the pass rush starts with JPP.
Without a pass-rushing threat, the Giants defense becomes a toothless unit.
Rookie Damontre Moore, who busted onto the scene two weeks ago in Pittsburgh, won’t play again this week. A shoulder problem is keeping him off the field and holding back his development, something the Giants did not need at this point in time.