At 6’4, 307 pounds, Ndamukong Suh is a tough force for any opposing offensive line. Known for making dirty plays, Suh has a bad reputation in the league. The vilified persona has definitely followed him to Miami, along with his accumulation of penalties, including a suspension for intentionally stepping on Aaron Rodgers leg and a $100,000 fine for a low block on John Sullivan.
As Weston Richburg said last year, “We’re going to have to match his intensity within the rules of the game.”
This will be a fun matchup, given that these two guys are extremely competitive. Beckham is still adjusting to stardom, while Maxwell is a solid vet who helped shut down OBJ last year. A former CB for the Eagles, Maxwell made some half time adjustments in the match up last season, causing OBJ to end the second half with zero catches and zero yards.
Darkhorse player to keep an eye on: Keenan Robinson could be an unheralded player at the linebacker spot and look for him to start raising come eyebrows and climbing up the depth chart.
Revenge Factor: Olivier Vernon grew up in Miami. His love for the game started as a high school player and he later became a star at the University of Miami. It’s been a place of comfort and familiarity throughout the years as the backbone of his career. His transition to NY would be his best move yet, acquiring a massive $85 million deal with the Giants. The Giants’ defense has been working well as a unit throughout training camp. Vernon will be even stronger this year, playing alongside his new teammates JPP and Damon Harrison, debuting the big three for the first time.
Position Battles: At this point, Rashad Jennings role at starting RB is his to lose. Coming off one of his best seasons yet, he’s a reliable vet that can lead the Giants’ running game. Paul Perkins will be competing for a spot as a rookie with a lot of potential. He’s been playing catch-up, but he has a great football IQ and will get his chance in preseason games.
After suffering a serious neck injury last season, Larry Donnell remains on top as a starting TE. Will Tye had had a great rookie year, finishing last season with 42 receptions for 464 yards and 3 touchdowns.