There are roughly 15 teams playing a base 3-4 defense. The Giants starting front three have generated 35 pressures among them for the season. That falls in at seventh best among the fifteen teams. Here are the teams with the pressures for each player and their collective total sorted by total. Some players listed are currently injured but I tried too take the player that played most of the year.
The Giants at seventh is pretty decent. You have to consider that Dexter Lawrence is a rookie and Leonard Williams has played only five games as a Giant this season.
In 2017 Dalvin Tomlinson made the NFL 2017 All-Rookie Team. In 2018 he was graded by Pro Football Focus as the second highest graded interior defensive lineman in the NFC East. He led all NFC East defensive interior linemen in run stops with 26. In 2018 he had 59 tackles with only one missed tackle. This season Tomlinson has 2.5 sacks which is much improved from his zero sacks in 2018.
In his rookie season this year Dexter Lawrence has two and a half sacks, 21 solo tackles, two tackles for loss and seven quarterback hits. He is one of only four rookie defensive linemen to accomplish those statistics. In addition Lawrence has 13 quarterback pressures, a forced fumble and a pass defended. Through week 13 Dexter Lawrence was Pro Football Focus‘s third highest graded rookie.
Leonard Williams leads the NFL in QB hits with 14, among interior defensive linemen. He has seven quarterback knockdowns and ten pressures in five games on the Giants. In his five Giant games he has 15 tackles with zero missed tackles.
The defensive line has a solid backup in B.J. Hill. In his 2018 rookie season Hill was fourth among all rookies in sacks with five and a half., seventh in tackles for loss with six, eleventh in quarterback hits (8) and fourteenth in solo tackles (32). He accomplished those statistics on 59% of the defensive snaps. BJ Hill could be a starter given the opportunity.
The Giants are fourth in the league in opponent rushing yards per attempt surrendering only 3.8 yards per attempt. They have quarterback pressure on 23.2% of quarterback dropbacks which is good for 17th in the league.
This defensive front three of the 3-4 defense is probably the best defensive unit on the team. There would appear to be no need to draft an interior defensive lineman. Leonard Williams will be a free agent in 2020 and the Giants will have to see how that unfolds.
The Giants Defensive Line coach, Gary Emmanuel, has over 30 years experience coaching defensive lines at the collegiate and NFL level. His NFL experience goes back to 2012 where he coached the defensive line for six years on the Indianapolis Colts.
This concludes a series of posts on the Giants team. I covered the whole offense in The Giant Team Offense and then broke the defense down in a couple of posts on Giants Team Defense – The Secondary and Giants Team Defense – Linebackers.