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Big Blue’s defense ranks 14th in overall yardage allowed per game, 21st in pass yards allowed per game, 8th in rush yards allowed per game, and 14th in points allowed per game.
The team also has caused 9 turnovers, good for 16th best in the league.

The defense hovers around the middle of the pack to above average, with a more formidable run defense as opposed to playing the pass.

With all of that said, rookie safety Xavier McKinney could make that defense even better when he returns from his stint on the injured reserve.


Photo: Brad Penner

The former Alabama safety came into the draft touted by many as the best safety available.

After slipping into the second round, the Giants selected McKinney with the 36th overall pick, a selection that many fans applauded. Many believed that McKinney was a first-round talent, and getting him in the second was a steal.


However, McKinney’s rookie year was put on pause in late August after the Giants announced the rookie safety suffered a fractured left foot. He underwent surgery and was later placed on injured reserve with hopes that he would be able to return in approximately three months.

Two months later, and rumblings about his return have begun.


When asked about Xavier McKinney, head coach Joe Judge touched on his rehab process.

“You know what, he’s doing a really good job on his rehab,” said Judge. “The trainers are pleased with the progress he’s making.

“I see him in the weight room making progress, this guy’s in good spirits.”


Hopefully, McKinney can maintain this positive progression and is able to return to the field in the comings weeks.

As the young safety inches closer to his return, it is imperative that he is not rushed back into action. As a rookie with promise, the coaching staff is sure to take their time with him.


If McKinney can come back and be the player that he was at Alabama, this Giants defense can become quite a scary sight for opposing offenses.

Featured Image: Brad Penner
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