We're doing a series to provide an outlook on the Giants' roster until training camp arrives. Episode 9, the linebackers
Blake Martinez was a consistent linebacker before. With four straight seasons with at least 144 tackles, the NFL knew that Martinez wasn’t just a bad player from what they saw in that NFC Championship Game, which is why he earned a new contract with the Giants in free agency. He’ll have a great opportunity to show other franchises that he can still play at a high level, even after a serious injury.
There comes Tae Crowder, who you might have heard of him previously - not for good reasons, though, as he was the last pick of the 2020 NFL draft and was dubbed Mr. Irrelevant for that year. He became a surprisingly solid player who projects to start during the season, although he'll have to win the hearts of the new coaching staff to keep his place.
Rookie linebacker Micah McFadden also should earn a considerable amount of snaps throughout the year. Martindale loves to use linebacker blitzes and he rushed the passer a lot of times during college, so he has enough experience going after the passer. You can't expect too much from a 5th-round rookie, though.
It's a thin group and I don't expect this to be one of New York's best position groups this year.
Linebacker room grade: 2,5/5. Not many quality starters and not much depth as well. Linebacker will be a problem in 2022.