Giants LB B.J. Goodson and DT Jay Bromley both showed they can make an impact on the defense this season in the preseason opener against the Steelers.
Goodson has been aggressive and vocal since the start of camp, and that is something the Giants' coaches like to see from someone who could potentially be the starting middle linebacker this season. Leading is an area Goodson has been accustomed to.
"I'm a middle linebacker, I have no worries about taking control and being the leader of a huddle, that's what I've always done," Goodson told NorthJersey.com's Art Stapleton. "I was ready to go. It was just another chance to continue building what we're building, and I'm confident I can do the job, do what I need to do for us to be great."
The Clemson product lead by example during the game as he predicted Steelers QB Joshua Dobbs' snap count, bursted into the backfield, and recorded a sack. It is plays like this that fellow LB Devon Kennard knows Goodson can make on a daily basis.
"There were no doubts about B.J., none," Kennard said. "I think it's a benchmark in a sense because it was his first official start, but, you know, he's doing it consistently enough in practice, the game doesn't have to be any different. He played how I expected him to play."
"I got a good jump on it," Goodson said, explaining his sack. "Making all the 10 guys around me feel comfortable and making sure those guys are in the places they need to be in to make plays, that's what I'm here for."
Bromley, who is vying for the open defensive tackle position next to Damon Harrison, made a case for himself with a big tackle in the backfield on third-and-one. Much like Goodson, he believes his game can be effective against the Giants' opponents this season.
"I think I'm as good as I've been since I have been in the league," Bromley said. "I want to continue to build on that because I'm still not where I need to be. It's a great opportunity ahead of me, great competition... I believe I have what it takes."
Bromley has seen limited time in his three years with the Giants. Last season, he amassed 14 tackles and one sack.
A fourth-round pick by the Giants last year, Goodson totaled nine tackles and two forced fumbles in his rookie campaign.