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Ranking the NFL’s top 10 defensive tackles for 2022 | ESPN

Leonard Williams had a solid 2021 season with 6.5 sacks and 81 tackles on a bad Giants defense. Many evaluators agree he’d be in the top five based on talent. “He’s got more athleticism than most,” an AFC executive said. “He’s underachieved somewhat, but he’s on a bad football team. Talented dude.” Williams’ 6.2 percent pass rush win rate (111th in the NFL) last season was unimpressive.

Strengths and weaknesses of every NFC team entering 2022 NFL training camp | PFF

The PFF crew lists the Giants biggest strength as their offensive weapons:

"Kenny Golladay was a disappointment in Year 1 with the Giants, but he has still caught 57.4% of all contested targets thrown his way during his career and has an outstanding drop rate of 6.0%. Kadarius Toney’s position may be in question, but he showed special game-changing skills as a rookie. Sterling Shepard, Darius Slayton and Wan’Dale Robinson make this a very talented group."

The weakness for Big Blue is the defensive secondary.

22 Questions in 22 Days: Wink's philosophy |

When Wink Martindale spoke with reporters this spring, he summed up his defensive philosophy with one phrase: "You want to dictate to the offense instead of sitting there and letting them dictate to you." That tells you all you need to know about how aggressive Martindale plans to be on defense.

Will the NFC East finally have a repeat champ? Where the Cowboys, Commanders, Eagles and Giants stand | ESPN

ESPN’s NFC East reporters look at Dallas' quest for consecutive division titles, key needs, position battles and impactful rookies. Jordan Raanan is not optimistic about the team he covers, writing, “Let’s start by putting the Giants last. They have the worst roster of the bunch. The Commanders are the wild card. They are better than most want to believe, especially if Wentz can be steady. The Eagles crushed the draft and traded for receiver A.J. Brown, and the Cowboys’ offensive line is on the decline. So it’s Philadelphia, Washington, Dallas and the Giants.”

Giants’ Eli Manning shouldn’t be 1st-ballot Hall of Fame inductee, Canton voter says |

Will former Giants great Eli Manning be a first-ballot Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee? ProFootballTalk’s Charean Williams, a Hall of Fame voter since 2007, isn’t convinced. Williams spoke about Manning’s chances in an appearance on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas on Thursday.

Around the league

Raiders hiring Sandra Douglass Morgan as team president | ProFootballTalk

Las Vegas named Sandra Douglass Morgan its new president, becoming the first Black woman to be named a team president in the NFL. Morgan is the former Nevada Gaming Control Board chairwoman, having held the position from 2019-2021. She was the first Black woman to serve in that role. Morgan is now the third Raiders team president in less than a year.

Von Miller was 'ready' to join Cowboys, but didn't want to 'take that much less' |

One of the most sought-after free agents in the league nearly landed on America's Team this offseason. Von Miller recently revealed that he almost signed with the Cowboys before money got in the way. The Texas native balked at the Cowboys' five-year, $70 million offer and eventually signed with the Buffalo Bills for six years, $120 million with $51 million in guarantees.

Saints 2021 first-round pick Payton Turner medically cleared: | Pro Football Network

Payton Turner dealt with an abbreviated rookie season due to a shoulder injury that ultimately required surgery. That limited Turner to five games, one sack, 12 tackles (three for loss), and three quarterback hits. Now, the former University of Houston standout has been fully medically cleared and is looking forward to a productive second NFL season.

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