Is Justin Tuck Really Declining or Was He Actually Overrated?

May 10, 2013   ·     ·   Jump to comments

New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck was one of the most feared players at his position in the NFL as recently as a few years ago.
Now, however, after back-to-back disappointing seasons, entering a contract year and with rookie Damontre Moore now nipping at his heels, the 30-year-old is heading into a 2013 campaign that could conceivably be his last in New York.
So what happened? Have age and injuries sapped the two-time Pro Bowler's effectiveness? Or was Tuck a product of his system, a player who benefited more from the defensive scheme in New York and playing opposite another great end than his own skill as a pass-rusher?
Most importantly, can Tuck recapture past glories, or have we already seen the best there is to see?
Well, as it usually is, it's best to start at the beginning.
Tuck exploded into prominence during the Giants' 2007 run to the Super Bowl, racking up 65 tackles, 10 sacks and forcing a pair of fumbles while coming off the bench.

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