On defense, the Giants find themselves at the bottom of the heap in many categories, including sacks. With only 32 on the season, they're currently 22nd in the league.
The team's pass rush was an issue heading into the offseason, and the Giants didn't do too much to address it. GM Dave Gettleman was banking on Lorenzo Carter having a breakout sophomore season, and Oshane Ximines was a flyer in the third round of this year's Draft. Both have been very mediocre.
But one free agency move in the addition of Markus Golden has been a bright spot amid the defense's struggles this season.
This was a high-risk, high-reward signing that has certainly been the latter this season. Golden rebounded in New York, which is why he wants to stay here in the future as well.
"It's been great here competing," he told Newsday's Tom Rock. "Of course it's been a down year but at the end of the day everybody here has been great people. Everybody is trying to do whatever they can do to win. I know everybody here wants to win. That's a good sign because I want to make sure I'm able to win."
Golden signed a one-year, "prove it" deal with the Giants this past offseason worth $3.75 million. And he's done just that with nine sacks to his name to go along with a career high 60 combined tackles and a fumble recovery returned for a touchdown.
That's the type of production the Giants were hoping to see when he came aboard, and he told Rock that he'd "love" to remain with Big Blue next season as well.
"I feel like myself again," said Golden, whose torn ACL in 2017 set him back after a 12.5-sack season in 2016. "But like I said all year, I wasn't worrying about proving it to anybody, I was focused on proving it to myself."
The Giants should grant Golden's wish this upcoming offseason, as the team not only needs whatever it can get when it comes to edge rushers, but they will also be stacked with tons of cap space. Janoris Jenkins' contract is now off the books, and it is luckly that Eli Manning's will be as well. Gettleman could be looking at close to $90 million if he were to make a couple more moves.
Golden has proved his worth, and become the Giants' best pass rusher this season. He should be rewarded.