When the New York Giants have been at their best defensively they have featured dominant, game-changing defensive ends. Inside of those players, however, there have to be effective defensive tackles. Let's continue our player-by-player look at the 90-man roster the Giants will bring to training camp by discussing Jay Bromley, a player who hopes to become one of those effective defensive tackles.
2014 Season in Review
Bromley was the Giants' 2014 version of Mykkele Thompson. A few weeks ago, the Giants surprised draft analysts by selecting Thompson -- who many thought would go undrafted -- in the fifth round. A year ago, the Giants surprised Bromley -- expecting to be selecting on Day 3 of the draft -- by picking him in the third round.
The 6-foot-2, 306-pound former Syracuse defensive tackle did not get many opportunities last season to justify the early draft selection. Bromley was active for only two of the Giants' first 10 games in 2014. Bromley played limited snaps in each of the final six games, with a high of 25 snaps Week 14 vs. the Tennessee Titans. He compiled a -2.1 Pro Football focus score in those snaps, +0.1 vs. the run and -2.4 rushing the passer.
2015 Season Outlook
Bromley has an opportunity to have a much bigger role on the defense in 2015. Veteran defensive tackle Mike Patterson was not retained, Cullen Jenkins is 34 and probably should not be counted on for full-time snaps, Markus Kuhn is a 2012 seventh-round pick who has never shown the ability to be more than a reserve, rotational player and Kenrick Ellis is a run-stopping specialist.
If he is up to the task, Bromley could find himself playing a significant number of snaps next to Johnathan Hankins as a pocket-pushing defensive tackle. Perhaps a younger version of Jenkins. Or, perhaps the pass-rushing defensive tackle role players like Jay Alford and Fred Robbins played for the Giants during the Tom Coughlin era.
If he remains healthy, we should know a lot more after the 2015 season about whether or not the Giants' early selection of Bromley was the right move.