Scouts Inc.'s Matt Williamson examines the linebackers of each NFC East team. Today: New York Giants.
I recently went into detail on my thoughts regarding the Giants’ linebacker corps in the NFC East Biggest Weakness series, but overall I see this group as a very middle-of-the road unit that could benefit a ton from the addition of a star player. But adding just another average player or mediocre starter doesn’t accomplish much for New York this offseason.
Jonathan Goff is easy to like and has come a long way. He could potentially play on the outside, but he has also proved to be a heck of a run-stopper in the middle. Michael Boley seems to have found his niche as a nickel linebacker and can struggle on running downs, which makes him a fine complement to Goff. But unfortunately, New York has had to play both of the field together too much of the time, which leaves one linebacker spot vulnerable versus the run or pass.
Free agent-to-be Keith Bulluck will most likely be elsewhere next season, but could have value at a discount price if the Giants bring him back. One wild card for the Giants is Clint Sintim. Sintim needs to stay healthy, but he has talent -- although his talent might be best suited at outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme instead of the even front that New York employs. Phillip Dillard, a rookie last season, struggled on special teams and barely saw the field on defense. He is a true middle linebacker who looks like just a depth player at this early stage of his career.
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