Last season the New York Giants gave up an average of 4.6 yards per rush.
That lackluster performance also affected the pass rush, which managed only 33 sacks in 2012.
Given the impact we've seen from Big Blue's front four at controlling the line of scrimmage in recent years, last fall was quite underachieving.
So, New York is looking within the NFC East to quickly revive its defensive front, beginning with Cullen Jenkins. According to Paul Schwartz of the New York Post:
Jenkins, 32, is paying the Giants a visit. He met and dined Thursday night with coaches and Friday will engage in meetings and talks at the team’s Timex Performance Center facility. He was released by the Eagles on Monday and as a result can be signed immediately by the Giants, or any other team.
“There is sincere interest there,’’ Jenkins’ agent, Brian Levy, told The Post.
After a productive campaign in 2011 where he logged 5.5 sacks and 40 tackles, Jenkins did take a step back in 2012. Then again, Philadelphia as a team struggled to maintain consistency and the Eagles underachieved.
Jenkins, though, will be complemented by other sound defensive linemen in Jason Pierre-Paul and Justin Tuck. So, he'll be given minimal responsibility, which results in greater production at clogging lanes, draw double-teams and providing interior quarterback pressure.