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Can Chris Peace be part of Giants’ pass-rushing puzzle?

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Peace didn’t get much of an opportunity in 2019

NFL: Preseason-Los Angeles Chargers at Arizona Cardinals
Chris Peace with the Chargers.
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As part of their ongoing search over the past couple of seasons for pass rush help, the New York Giants claimed edge defender Chris Peace on waivers from the Los Angeles Chargers last September. Peace, an undrafted free agent, did have 14.0 sacks over his final two collegiate seasons at Virginia.

Could he bring pass rush production to the Giants? Well, we never found out. Peace was a spare part for the Giants most of the season. He was active for only four games, played only two defensive snaps in a Week 13 game against the Green Bay Packers, then was placed on season-ending IR with a knee injury.

Can Peace find a role with the 2020 Giants? Let’s take a closer look.

The basics

Height: 6-foot-2
Weight: 250
Age: 24
Position: Edge
Experience: 1
Contract: Year 2 of three-year, $1.755 million undrafted free agent contract originally signed with Los Angeles Chargers.

FYI, that there are a couple of sacks of Daniel Jones in this video.

How he got here

After making the Chargers’ season-opening roster following a preseason in which he had two sacks and three quarterback hits, Peace appeared in only one game and played just three special teams snaps before being waived.

Peace had a productive career at Virginia, with 7.5 sacks in 2017 and 6.5 in 2018.

2020 outlook

Tough to predict. Will Peace get a real look from a new coaching staff? Or, will he simply be 90-man roster fill as the Giants prepare for the upcoming season?

As we have been over before, without the benefit of spring on-field workouts a player like Peace could be lost in the mix. The current coaching staff did not bring him to the Giants, and he didn’t put anything substantial on film in 2019 for them to learn about him. With Lorenzo Carter, Oshane Ximines, Kyler Fackrell, Carter Coughlin, Cam Brown, and maybe Markus Golden it’s impossible to know how many snaps will a player like Peace be afforded in training camp or the preseason.

Like others we have mentioned, Peace is going to have to maximize whatever opportunities he does get to have a chance. He does have practice squad eligibility.