The New York Giants have had a solid start to the offseason, bringing back Daniel Jones, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, and Darius Slayton while also bringing in Parris Campbell, Bobby Okereke, and Rakeem Nunez-Roches.
On Monday, general manager Joe Schoen will host another free agent in former Los Angeles Rams defensive lineman A’Shawn Robinson.
The 6’4″ 330-pound tackle was taken by the Detroit Lions in the second round of the 2016 draft. He played four years in Detroit before joining the Rams for three years, including their Super Bowl win two years ago.
While not a household name, Robinson is one of the better run-defenders in the NFL. Through Week 10 last year, he had 42 tackles, two for a loss, and made 38 of those tackles on designed rushing plays, which was tied for fourth-best among defensive linemen.
He was injured in Week 11 and landed on the IR, but is believed to be fully healthy, which is something the Giants and their medical staff will certainly check during the visit.
For his career, Robinson just seven sacks in his seven seasons, but has 293 career tackles, 20 for a loss, five forced fumbles, and three fumbles recovered. He also intercepted a pass and returned it for a touchdown and was ranked 83rd in NFL.com’s top 101 free agent rankings for this offseason.
While the Giants already signed former Tampa Bay lineman Rakeem Nunez-Roches in free agency and will return Leonard Williams and Dexter Lawrence from last year’s team, Robinson would make the defensive line a deeper unit that could use rotations to keep defenders fresh throughout the game.
Considering the Giants; frontline allowed the sixth most rushing yards in the NFL last season and was one of just three teams to allow over five yards per carry, adding a little more punch up front makes sense.
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