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NY Giants 2022 Defensive Stats Predictions

The Giants defense returns most of its key players from last season while adding some new exciting players to the fold. Here is a look at how they will perform in the upcoming season.

The Giant’s defense has been the dominant side of the ball for the past several years and has kept the team in many games. Led by Leonard Williams, the defensive line has been stout, with veterans taking control. Likewise, the linebacking crew has seen a youth movement mixed with veteran leadership. Azeez Ojulari and Kayvon Thibodeaux set the edge for years while Blake Martinez continues to handle the middle.

While a lot of core has remained, the defense did lose one of its most critical players as CB James Bradberry was cut due to cap issues and signed with the Eagles. Now, Adoree Jackson steps into the CB1 role, and Aaron Robinson will see more playing time in his second year. Led by new Defensive Coordinator Wink Martindale, the Giants will certainly be an aggressive defense with many blitzes on third down. However, with that comes to the risks of making big plays and allowing big plays. As the season approaches, here are the 2022 New York Giants defense stats projections.

DL

Leonard Williams: 85 Tackles, 7 Tackles For Loss, 8.5 Sacks, 3 Forced Fumbles

Dexter Lawrence: 57 Tackles, 6 Tackles For Loss, 4 Sacks, 1 Forced Fumble

Jihad Ward: 39 Tackles, 2 Tackles For Loss, 2.5 Sacks

Leonard Williams is the best player on the Giant’s defense going into the season, and with good reason. He’s been a leader for the team upfront, and since 2020, he’s had 18 sacks. He regressed a bit in 2021 after an 11.5 sack year in 2020, but he increased his total number of tackles from 57 to 81. By increasing his stats from a year ago, he’ll have another strong season this year. Dexter Lawrence enters his fourth year as a mainstay on the line and will be a significant contributor if he stays healthy. He matches his career high in sacks and tackles for loss this year. Jihad Ward will likely be an interchangeable piece on the defensive line, but the Giants aren’t expecting much from the seventh-year player who played with the Jaguars a year ago.

LB

Azeez Ojulari: 62 Tackles, 13 Tackles For Loss, 10.5 Sacks, 2 Forced Fumbles

Blake Martinez: 130 Tackles, 11 Tackles For Loss, 2 Sacks, 3 Forced Fumbles

Tae Crowder: 105 Tackles, 5 Tackles For Loss, 1 Sack

Kayvon Thibodeaux: 59 Tackles, 12 Tackles For Loss, 9 Sacks, 2 Forced Fumbles

The most exciting storyline of this Giants defense going into the 2022 season is the young pass rushers Azeez Ojulari and Kayvon Thibodeaux. Ojulari shined in his rookie season, recording eight sacks, and Thibodeaux will be looking to make a similar statement in his first season in the NFL. They project to have a great year combining having almost 20 sacks. The middle linebacking crew of Blake Martinez and Tae Crowder is a solid yet sturdy combo. The question will be whether Blake Martinez can return to form after tearing his ACL early last season. He’s known for racking up substantial tackle numbers, and while he doesn’t get as much as he’s used to, he records a career-high in tackles for loss thanks to a blitz-heavy Wink Martindale scheme.

CB

Adoree’ Jackson: 73 Tackles, 12 Pass Deflections, 4 INTs, 1 TD

Aaron Robinson: 52 Tackles, 7 Pass Deflections, 2 INTs

Darnay Holmes: 50 Tackles, 6 Pass Deflections, 2 INTs

The most significant blow to the Giant’s defense this offseason was losing starting CB James Bradberry due to cap issues and having to release him. He eventually signed with the Eagles, and the Giants will be looking to fill that void with Adoree’ Jackson, who’s more than capable of filling the hole. He’s flashed significant potential over his five-year career. He’s dealt with some injuries along the way but played most of the season in his first year with the Giants while playing some solid ball. Now, he’s the alpha in that room and records the most interceptions of his career this year with four. Aaron Robinson and Darnay Holmes are two young, aggressive corners who won’t give you any room. Robinson looked well in spurts during his rookie season, while Holmes has had some inconsistent play since entering the league in 2020. However, they both have decent years this campaign and keep themselves in the starting rotation throughout the season.

S

Xavier McKinney: 98 Tackles, 12 Pass Deflections, 5 INTs, 1 TD

Julian Love: 78 Tackles, 8 Pass Deflections, 2 INTs

Last season, Xavier McKinney was the start of the Giant’s defense. He finished with five interceptions and ten pass deflections in his second year. He also took an interception back for a touchdown against the Raiders and made another pick later in that same game. He flashed his ballhawk abilities in a big way, and the Giants will be counting on an enormous leap this season. In these projections, he finishes with the same number of interceptions as last year but more pass deflections and tackles. Making the all-pro team isn’t too far-fetched for McKinney; if he stacks these kinds of years, he’ll be on his way to achieving that. On the other hand, Julian Love has been a consistent player for the Giants since he was drafted by the team in 2019. Former starting safety Jabrill Peppers signed with the Patriots during the offseason. He’ll see more playing time. Love won’t do much better than he has in previous years,

but his numbers will be up due to increased playing time.


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