Taylor was a starting player on the Lions in 2016, proving that he’s capable of holding his own in the NFL.
Utilizing him as a reserve or rotational edge rusher will be very beneficial, especially on a one-year deal that likely didn’t break the bank.
Taylor is also only 27 years old, which lines up perfectly with head coach Ben McAdoo’s philosophy.
His game-plan revolves around populating the Giants with young players that can contribute consistently without injury or fatigue concerns.
In 2016, Taylor started all 16 games with the Lion, managing 28 tackles and 4.5 sacks.
Given that the Lions didn’t have the most efficient defense in the NFL, Taylor still stood his ground and is a proven commodity on the edge.
Ultimately, he will be perfect for what the Giants are look for in a backup.
Investing in him was purely based on the fact that Vernon and JPP are both coming off of injuries, and providing support to an injury prone line is essential in this day and age.
Despite only recording 4.5 sack in 2016, Taylor racked up an impressive seven sacks in 2015 as a rotational player, appearing in 15 games.
So, the potential is there and he still has time to develop and refine his technique before the inevitable age decline.
Overall, the Giants are getting a solid player at a bargain deal. He’s a great security blanket in case one of the big money boys goes down, which of course is still a major issue for a defense that relies on them to put pressure on the quarterback consistently.