Jay Bromley, Dalvin Tomlinson have 'leg up' in defensive tackle competition

From ESPN - August 13, 2017

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- After reviewing the New York Giants' preseason-opening loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Friday night, here's a rundown of the defense and the effects the performances should have on the depth chart.

Defensive end -- Kerry Wynn and Devin Taylor were the preseason standouts. Wynn made a tackle for a loss, forced a bad throw with a pressure and was extremely impressive in his 20 snaps. It was a reminder that the veteran is still here, and he can still play. Taylor, a late offseason signing, made a positive first impression in his first game. He had an interception and several good pass rushes from the left defensive end spot. They both outplayed Romeo Okwara, who is ahead of them on the depth chart.

As for the starters, Jason Pierre-Paul did not play and Olivier Vernon played six effective snaps in his tuneup. At a crowded position and with plenty to prove, Owa Odighizuwa had some productive rushes and Jordan Williams produced three tackles and a sack. They opened some eyes but still have more ground to make up.

Defensive tackle -- Its starting to become a two-man race for the starting defensive tackle spot next to Damon Harrison between Jay Bromley and Dalvin Tomlinson. Robert Thomas should return Sunday from injury but after the preseason opener Bromley and Tomlinson have the leg up, according to coach Ben McAdoo, who also noted it's still early. Both played well against the Steelers and showed consistent ability to work in the backfield. Bromley ruined a third-and-short run play and an active Tomlinson had four tackles. The rookies strength and ability to use his hands continues to stand out. Bromley appears quicker and more sound technically. It has been noticed.

I think Jays improving, McAdoo said. Hes playing with some hostility out there, hes playing aggressive, playing physical football.

Linebacker -- B.J. Goodson started in the middle between Devon Kennard and Jonathan Casillas. Barring an injury, thats going to be the way it is this season. Goodson passed his first test and displayed that quickness and power he adds to the defense with a sack through the A-gap.

I think B.J. got off to a good start at the position, McAdoo said. He had a nice rush in there and hes a physical player and we look forward to him continuing to develop and get better.

Among the backups, undrafted rookie Calvin Munson and Curtis Grant were the most impressive. They had three tackles and, maybe more importantly, made plays on special teams. That would be their ticket to a roster spot.


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