Scouting report: Defensive line, specifically the interior, is an area the Giants focused on during the offseason. The defense finished 25th against the run last year so Jerry Reese added former Eagles’ defensive tackles Jenkins and Patterson.
Joseph should continue to get better after having 59 tackles and four sacks last season. The Giants have great depth at defensive tackle with Patterson, Rogers (who missed all of last season due to a blood clot), Austin and Kuhn.
The Giants’ sacks went down from 48 in 2011 to 33 in 2012. They'll need to alleviate some of the attention on Pierre-Paul, who was limited to 6.5 sacks last year. The Giants also will need a bounce-back season from Tuck, who had only four sacks. Umenyiora’s departure will have an impact but Kiwanuka could fill that role and perhaps Tracy, Ojomo or Trattou can step up as the end in the rotation.
The last time: The Giants drafted Kuhn in the seventh round in 2012.
Potential targets: With Umenyiora gone and Tuck entering the final year of his deal, the Giants can use another young pass rusher. And considering how their salary cap is and how they want to lock up Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz to long-term extensions, the Giants probably need to go the draft route to add another defensive end to groom at an affordable rookie contract in case Tuck isn't back in '14. Remember, when thinking about what the Giants might do in the draft, always consider the team’s future and how Reese is always looking for starters/contributors for upcoming seasons, not necessarily this year.
The Giants are set at defensive tackle for this season but Joseph is entering the final year of his deal. Patterson and Rogers are also on one-year deals. Reese can opt to keep plugging defensive tackle with cheap one-year veterans in free agency if Austin isn't ready in '14 or he could select one in a draft that is considered to be deep at defensive tackle.