Breakout in 2018: Dalvin Tomlinson
The New York Giants have had dynamic playmakers on the defensive side of the ball throughout their elusive history. At linebacker, the G-Men had Sam Huff and Lawrence Taylor. At defensive end, Michael Strahan was a force to be reckoned with during his time with Big Blue. While all three of these men rightfully belong in Canton defensive tackle is one position where the Giants have not had a legendary performer, until now.
Damon “Snacks” Harrison has made his impact felt in his first two years with the G-Men as he is among the conversation of being the best defensive tackle in the league. Yet as good as Harrison is the person ready to have a breakout year is Dalvin Tomlinson. Harrison has received the well-deserved accolades but Tomlinson could breakout in 2018 and become a lethal force with Harrison.
Chaotic would be one of the choice words that could be used to describe the 2017 Giants season with all the injuries, loses, and firings that occurred. Despite the organization imploding around him, Tomlinson had a solid rookie campaign as Tomlinson made 50 stops at defensive tackle and showed a glimmer of hope that can expand to a bright future if Tomlinson keeps on developing.
While the 2nd round pick from Alabama did show promise with the change in defensive scheme Tomlinson’s development has become more of a necessity for the Giants to be successful. As of now, the Giants will switch to a 3-4 defense and it looks like Tomlinson will be lining up as an end instead of at tackle. For this defense to be successful Tomlinson would need to stop the run and free up lanes for linebackers to pursue the running back or quarterback.
This is his breakout moment.