Breaking Down the New York Giants’ Situation at Defensive Tackle

May 27, 2016   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Up next in my look at the New York Giants position units is defensive tackle. 
2015 in Review
If “blech!” was the word for the defensive ends, then “ouch!” is probably the best word to describe the Giants defensive tackles in 2015. 
Let’s start with Johnathan Hankins, the super-talented interior lineman who suffered a season-ending pectoral muscle in Week 9 against Tampa Bay.
Up until that point, it should be noted that Hankins’ production was nowhere near what it had been the year prior. Let’s take a look at that production through nine games.
Based on the table data above, Hankins pass rush success vanished in 2015 (along with the rest of his defensive line mates). With that, his ability to disrupt plays at or behind the line of scrimmage also fell off.
Why was this so? There are two possible reasons.
The first is an undisclosed upper body injury that Hankins might have been trying to p...

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