Giants continue to improve their bad 2012 run defense with Ohio State DT Johnathan Hankins

On NFL Network earlier this offseason, Osi Umenyiora was talking about the Giants’ disappointing season on defense last year, and the lack of pressure generated on opposing QBs. Umenyiora said that a major factor was that they weren’t able to stop the run effectively, and when you can’t stop the run, it makes it that much harder to get to the QB. He’s right. Last season, the Giants held opposing offenses to less than 125 rushing yards 7 times. They went 6-1 in those games. They went 3-6 in games they allowed more than 125. (See the graph to the right)

The Giants know they stunk against the run and they’re doing something about it. A few weeks ago they signed a pair of veteran DT’s in pass rushing Cullen Jenkins and run stuffing Mike Patterson. I like to refer to those guys as “short term depth.” The two former Eagles join Linval Joseph, and now the Giants add another young run stuffer in Johnathan Hankins. That will give the Giants four good DTs, a position where they were extremely thin at just a couple of months ago.

Shaun Rogers is still on the roster, as is Marcus Kuhn, and I suspect they’ll be battling it out for a roster spot. I can’t help but wonder if this is the end of disappointing Marvin Austin’s run with the Giants.

4 Comments

  1. […] contribute from Day 1 as an effective run stuffer. Clearly the Giants are putting serious resources toward stopping the run. It was a major deficiency last season, they’ve identified it, and are doing something about […]

  2. ubrab says:

    Last season, the Giants held opposing offenses to less than 125 rushing yards 7 times.They went 6-1 in those games. They went 3-6 in games they allowed more than 125. (See the graph to the right).

    Careful about mistaking correlation and causation Jimmy boy!

  3. NYG_Slater says:

    LOVE this pick. Honestly, would have been estatic with Hankins in the 1st and Pugh in the 2nd. When he cleared the first round, I thought he was in play for the eagles 2nd round pick to anchor the NT position. Would have dreaded that. The guy looks and plays like Wilfork.

    He’s got consistency issues, like a lot of fatties, but as part of a rotation at DT, he’ll be a huge asset in stopping the run.

    1. deg0ey says:

      ” I thought he was in play for the eagles 2nd round pick to anchor the NT position”

      You and me both. Absolutely gutted he’s a Giant now. Got no complaints about Ertz, but damn this guy’s a beast.

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