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For decades, the New York Giants relied upon the pass rush and pressuring the opposing the quarterback. Teams would fear the defensive line of the Giants; a unit that could change the momentum of a game instantly. One of the biggest shocks this year, has been the lack of pressure that the Giants defensive line has generated. Combined, the defensive line has a lowly seven sacks all season.

Defensive end Justin Tuck looks as if he is falling into the tail end of his impressive career, while Jason Pierre-Paul still does not seem to be fully recovered from lower back surgery that was performed at the beginning of the year.

Tags: defensive line, JPP, Justin Tuck, midseason report card, New York Giants
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It was all going according to plan... somewhat.

On a day when the Giants needed a win, their first win of the season, as bad as any team did, things were clicking.

Tags: defense, defensive line, Giants Defense, New York Giants, Perry Fewell
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Quarterback pressure has been a staple?of the New York Giants for decades. A team that has been known for?its gritty defense by getting in the face of their opponent, has been anything but?that over the past three weeks, a span in which Big Blue has lost three straight games to start the season.

Three games, three losses and just three sacks on the season; an alarming statistic that has the Giants tied for last in the league with the Pittsburgh Steelers (another 0-3 team).

Coming into this week against the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs, the Giants are going to have to?put pressure on Chiefs QB Alex Smith if they have any hope of forcing a mistake, something Smith has yet to do this season. Through three games, Smith, who was?acquired from the San Francisco 49ers in the offseason,?has thrown for 669 yards without an interception.

Tags: coordinator corner, defensive line, Fewell, Giants Defense, JPP, New York Giants
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Expected to participate: DEs: Justin Tuck, Mathias Kiwanuka, Matt Broha, Damontre Moore, Adrian Tracy, Justin Trattou, Adewale Ojomo; DTs: Marvin Austin, Jonathan Hankins, Cullen Jenkins, Markus Kuhn, Linval Joseph, Frank Okam, Mike Patterson, Shaun Rogers

Not participating: DE Jason Pierre-Paul (back)

Overview: After finishing 31st in overall defense in 2012, the front office spent most of the offseason augmenting and restructuring their sagging interior defensive line and their pass rush. The Giants recorded 33 sacks and allowed 4.6 YPC ?in 2012 as opposed to 48 sacks and 4.5 YPC in 2011.

Tags: Giants Defense, New York Giants Defensive Line
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  1. Damontre Moore DE TA&M - Moore is still a bit under sized for a 4-3 end spot but his speed and motor are what make him exceptional. This past season was his first at DE and he led the team in tackles with 85. Like Von Miller before him, Moore is an exceptional pass rusher that shows a variety of moves to confuse offensive tackles. If he adds 15-20 lbs of muscle to his frame over the next few seasons he can be a perennial all-pro at end. His ability to stay healthy for an entire season is his only question mark.
  2. Ezekiel Ansah DE BYU - Ansah's comparisons to Giants' All-Pro Jason Pierre-Paul are warranted. A hyper-athletic end that shows the ability to dominate in one-on-one drills, but the production on the field never equaled that talent. He is the most raw player in this draft class but his upside is as good as current NFL D-ends Pierre-Paul and Chandler Jones. He must get into the right system and be allowed to learn the intricacies of the NFL before he can truly be judged.
  3. Bjoern Werner DE FSU - Werner seems a lot like Chris Long in my opinion. HE exhibits the strength many people would expect from an end his size but his athleticism allows him to be a? 4-3 defensive end, as opposed to the bigger J.J. Watt/Justin Smith type of ends. Werner was the heart of the Florida State defense and is an immediate boost to the attitude of any defense.
  4. Barkevious Mingo DE LSU- Mingo has been touted as an elite level prospect since his first spring game at LSU. An athlete that could play both end spots and stand up as a pass rusher when needed. Mingo was very productive during his career at LSU but this past season teams really isolated him as the weak link in the running game. His inability to split tackle/tight end double teams during the Bama game put LSU's defense at a disadvantage. Mingo must show that he has the strength to play at the next level and that he is worth a top 10 draft pick.
  5. Dion Jordan DE ORE - Jordan's raw athleticism puts him at #5 on this list. His ability to play both DE and OLB at any time makes him a commodity in today's NFL. He needs to add a lot of weight if he hopes to be an every down player and he boast a number of health concerns entering this weekends combine. If everything checks out in Jordan's favor this could be one of the fastest rising prospects in the draft.

Tags: 2013 New York Giants, 2013 NFL Draft, 2013 NFL Draft defensive line, 2013 NFL Draft Giants, 2013 NFL draft prospects, 2103 NFL defensive line prospects, New York Giants
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The D-line carried the Giants on their miraculous playoff run and even if they trade Osi they will be the best in the division.

Marvin Austin will return in 2012 to add a pass rusher at DT to go along with JPP & Tuck at DE. Canty is a great leader that adds a good veteran to the mix. Hard to upgrade this group, but I?m sure Jerry Reese will try.

The Giants? O-Line really came through in the playoffs and Kevin Boothe was a great addition along the interior of their line. The Giants could add a bit more youth to the group but McKenzie, Snee, and Diehl are all still playing at a high level.

Tags: 2012, Combine, defensive line, draft, giants, lineman, New York Giants, Offensive Line, rankings
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More than any other unit, the defensive line has defined this Giants team for over a decade.? It was Ernie Accorsi?s belief that you could never have too many pass rushers, a belief also shared by Jerry Reese.

Justin Tuck is the heart of the defense, as he combines tenacious pass rushing abilities with run stopping prowess.? Even though he is featured on a number of television commercials, he still manages to be underrated by the national media.? He is a top five defensive end in the NFL.

Osi Umenyiora has had a roller coaster of a career, although the peaks have certainly outweighed the valleys.? At his best, he can be one of the hardest pass rushers to contain in the league.? He is not as strong against the run as Tuck, but he is not a liability.? After injuries sapped his playmaking abilities, Umenyiora came back strong last season and set the record for forced fumbles.? He has had some run-ins with the Giants? front office and is no longer the fan-favorite he used to be, but he?s still a very talented defensive end.

Tags: defensive line, grading, Justin Tuck, New York Giants, Osi Umenyiora, units
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