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Giants roster outlook: iDLs | #TogetherBlue



We're doing a series to provide an outlook on the Giants' roster until training camp arrives. Episode 8, the interior defensive lineman


Apart from Daniel Jones for obvious reasons, is there any guy on the roster under more pressure to perform than Leonard Williams? He absolutely needs to step up his game now that he's earning $21M per year, and his first year with the new contract was a massive disappointment considering his impact. Getting Kayvon Thibodeaux will help the defensive line as a whole, but Williams needs to justify his contract if he still wants to have a job in 2023.



One guy who has made positive steps since getting drafted is Dexter Lawrence, a rare thing to say considering the Dave Gettleman era. Lawrence has become a brute force as a run stopper for this team, often getting double blocks from the offensive line. He's a very good player already, but he can become even better if he develops his pass-rushing ability.


An underrated piece for the whole front seven to work out is Justin Ellis, who comes from Baltimore and already knows Wink Martindale's system. He should align as the nose tackle and make most of the dirty work through the middle of the line.



There's enough talent for this group to be great, but it depends on Williams getting back to his 2020 level.


Interior defensive linemen room grade: 4/5. Lawrence is very good, Ellis is criminally underrated and Williams is a star. But they need to show up on the field as well.