Fixing the run defense, worst in the NFL a season ago, was an offseason priority for the New York Giants. One move they made to try to help in that department was to sign 6-foot-4, 346-pound run-stuffing defensive tackle Kenrick Ellis, who spent the first four seasons of his career with the New York Jets. Let's look more closely at Ellis as we continue our player-by-player profiles of the 90-man roster the Giants will bring to training camp.
2014 Season in Review
Ellis played a limited role for the Jets, playing only 158 snaps while appearing in 14 games. His season-high was 20 snaps. In those limited opportunities, Ellis earned a +2.3 run-defense grade from Pro Football Focus. In 2013, Ellis had a +14.0 run-defense score in 2010 snaps.
2015 Season Outlook
The most snaps Ellis has ever played in a season is 239. Provided he remains healthy this season, Ellis would seem likely to surpass that number this season. Aside from Johnathan Hankins, the Giants have question marks at defensive tackle. Cullen Jenkins is 34, Jay Bromley is unproven and Markus Kuhn is a rotational player at best.
Ellis figures to play a key role on on early downs and in short-yardage situations.
"I am a run-stopper and I like doing it," Ellis said when the Giants signed him. "That is the strength of my game. I look forward to helping the Giants get back to their glory.
"By default, that's who I am. I'm a journeyman. I come in and do my job. You don't get much recognition for it, but you get the job done and it helps out the team. I'll take on the double-teams and take on the work no one else wants to do. It's just who I am. I take pride in what I do, which is being a big man in the middle and try to make sure no one runs the ball."
If he can help the Giants do that, the big man could be a big addition.