Giants Roster Overview (Part 2 Defense)

The New York Football Giants are back and ready for the upcoming PML season. The Giants have one of the lower overall rosters in the league. In this article we will take a look at their roster, starting depth chart and examine who they should pick up in free agency or possibly in a trade. 


  • Dexter Lawrence (starter) : Lawrence is an up and coming young player who has a chance to be a star. He has no fear and is great as a run stuffer, but he will need to up his  pass rushing game in order to be the player the Giants need on their line. 


  • Leonard Williams (starter) : The Giants just gave Williams the big time contract that he was looking for. Williams has to play like a superstar this season in order to warrant that big contract. The Giants defense can become great if he has a great season. 
  • Willie Henry (backup) : Henry is a serviceable back up who shouldn’t get much playing time as he will only see the field if an injury occurs. 


  • Danny Shelton (starter) : Shelton isn’t a big time player but he is a realbile one. He should anchor the center of the line just fine in the run game, however, just like Lawrence, he will need to up his rushing game. 
  • Austin Johnson ( backup ) : Johnson is a reliable backup who won’t see the field unless an injury occurs. 


  • Azeez Ojulari (starter) : The Giants second round pick gets the nod to start after showing off in training camp this offseason. This rookie was highly touted coming out of college and will look to rush the passer confidently this season
  • Oshane Ximines (backup) : Ximines in his first year as a Giant didn’t show up, however, he will be looking at overtaking the rookie when he gets his shot this season. 


  • Blake Martinez (starter) : Martinez is the captain of this defense and is a tackling machine. He will look to continue to be in the top of the league in tackles, as well as lead this defense to the promised land. 
  • Tae Crowder (backup) : As a service backup, he will look to watch Martinez and be able to come in for him should he be called upon. 


  • Lorenzo Carter (starter) : He is the fastest linebacker the Giants have and they will use his speed to beat offensive lines this season. Carter hasn’t been the player the Giants expected since drafting him but hope that with a little bit of work, he will turn into the sack machine this defense needs. 


  • James Bradberry (starter) : Bradberry is the superstar of this secondary. He will be expected to shadow the opponents number one receiver no matter where they go on the field. The Giants have already said that they expect him to play at a pro bowl level. 
  • Adoree Jackson (starter) : Jackson was brought in as the number two for Bradberry. His speed and coverage ability gives the Giants a powerful 1-2 combo in their secondary. At the end of the year, don’t be surprised if his name is mentioned for the pro bowl.  
  • Keion Crossen ( backup): Crossen’s speed has jumped him up the Giants depth chart to start the season. The Giants have more experienced players that they could use, however, his speed is too much to leave on the sidelines. 
  • Darnay Holmes (backup) : Holmes is a young player who the Giants envision taking over a starting spot one day. He has the speed,  and talent to get himself on the field in passing situations, however, he will need to work on his coverage ability in order to surpass anyone this season. 


  • Logan Ryan (starter) : Ryan is a savvy veteran who will start but will share his snaps with the younger players. Ryan isn’t very fast but what he lacks in speed, he makes up for in coverage. 
  • Xavier Mckinney (backup) : Mckinney was highly scouted coming out of college, however injuries have derailed his career so far. Even though he is listed as a backup, he will split snaps with Ryan. 


  • Jabrill Peppers (starter) : Peppers is another leader on defense and will play 100 % of the time. He is everything that you need in a safety, fast, strong, and has good coverage abilities. 
  • Julian Love (backup) : Love will be used in different packages on the Giants defense. He can be put as a fs, or nickel corner. He is a  good insurance policy  for the team should any injuries occur. 

The Giants defense has a decent amount of good players, however, could benefit from picking up depth from free agency. They will be looking for backup defensive ends as well as linebackers. They could use another starting linebacker if one were to drop in free agency.