A little bit like the signing of Marshall Newhouse on the offensive side, the New York Giants signed defensive end George Selvie during the offseason to provide veteran depth, to help the run defense and to be part of a hopefully deep, talented rotation. Let's take a closer look at Selvie as we continue our series of player-by-player profiles of the 90-man roster the Giants will bring to training camp in two weeks.
2014 Season in Review
Selvie started 13 games for the Dallas Cowboys last season. As he has throughout much of his career, Selvie played well against the run but proved wanting as a pass rusher. Selvie had 36 tackles for the Cowboys and a +7.8 Pro Football Focus grade against the run. His run stop percentage of 4.7 was only 38th out of 55 qualifying defensive ends. He had only three quarterbacks sacks in 586 total snaps, however, and a PFF grade of -9.9 rushing the passer. His pass rush productivity score of 7.4 was 37th among defensive ends who played at least 25 percent of their teams snaps, lower than all qualifying Giants except Mathias Kiwanuka (6.4).
2015 Season Outlook
The 28-year-old Selvie could be a key player for the Giants, especially if Jason Pierre-Paul is not available at the beginning of the season or is only able to play a limited number of snaps. Looked at as part of a defensive line rotation, as a replacement for Kiwanuka and a guy who should be used primarily on run downs, the 6-foot-4, 270-pound Selvie could be an excellent additional to the defensive end rotation. If the Giants are looking at Selvie as a three-down player and a possible replacement for Pierre-Paul, history says he will disappoint.
Even when he had a career-high seven sacks for Dallas in 2013, Selvie's ancillary pass rushing statistics were not impressive. He had a -8.6 PFF grade rushing the passer that season to go with an 8.9 pass rush productivity score. Selvie has 13 career sacks in 68 games, more than half of those in 2013 with the Cowboys.
Giants defensive line coach Robert Nunn calls Selvie "a solid pro." He is that, and should be a contributor. If you are looking for impact plays, though, they seem more likely to come from Robert Ayers, Damontre Moore or Kerry Wynn than from Selvie.