Going into his 14th NFL season, Giants safety Antoine Bethea believes his new team has a chance to be one of the league's top defenses. Last season, the Giants gave up the 10th-most yards in the league and allowed an average of 252.8 passing yards per game.
Nonetheless, the three-time Pro Bowler is optimistic that he, along with a couple other new faces, can be a boost to help this team reverse tides in 2019.
"For the defense? I think we could be one of the tops in the league," Bethea said. "Obviously, the guys that have been here have been in their second year under the defense. Myself, along with some other guys, being the first year coming in, plugging in, and making it happen."
In addition to Bethea, the Giants added safety Jabrill Peppers to help their secondary. Peppers played the past two seasons for the Browns, and came to the Giants as part of the Odell Beckham Jr. trade in March. He's managed to record 96 total tackles and two interceptions during his career in Cleveland.
Both Bethea and Peppers will look to fill the hole left by safety Landon Collins, who decided on signing with division-rival Washington during the off season. If Bethea can replicate his 2018 statistics with the Arizona Cardinals, where he racked up 100 total tackles and started all 16 games, then maybe his goals for the 2019 Giants defense can be achieved.