The Johnathan Hankins saga is over, New York Giants fans (thank, god).
Which means it’s time for Big Blue to look elsewhere for the next dude who will help Damon Harrison do the dirty work in the trenches.
According to ESPN’s Jordan Raanan, the Giants will likely address the defensive line in the second-round of the draft, but he also added that they will add a veteran via free agency as well.
Most who follow the team have heard plenty about their interest in former Miami Dolphins and Jacksonville Jaguars defensive lineman Jared Odrick.
But after being released on Saturday, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, former Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Jaye Howard all of sudden becomes yet another option for the Giants to explore in their pursuit of replacing Hankins.
Howard, a former fourth-round pick of the Seattle Seahawks back in 2012, has spent the last four seasons in Kansas City, having his best season in 2015.
That year, Howard sacked the quarterback 5.5 times, registering a Pro Football Focus grade of 78.5.
Raanan mentioned in a recent Periscope video that, although it would make sense to complement Harrison with a pass rushing defensive tackle, the team would rather have a run stuffer next to him.
After all, with that strategy last season, New York was a top-five defense against the run, allowing the second-fewest points in the league.
Well, Howard is exactly what the Giants could be looking for, as he had the second-best run stopping percentage in the AFC among 3-4 defensive ends last season.
His potential partner, Damon Harrison, wasn’t too bad against the run last season either.
Only defensive linemen with 50+ run stops in a season in the past decade: J.J. Watt in 2012, Watt in 2013, Damon Harrison in 2016.
— Nathan Jahnke (@PFF_NateJahnke) January 2, 2017
The Giants defensive tackle joined J.J. Watt as the only other defensive lineman over the last decade with at least 50 run stops in a season.
Together, Howard and Harrison would create a wall – and make Mexico pay for it (that was a Donald Trump joke, relax).
It should be interesting to see if the Giants explore it.