Giants remain on the watch for potential upgrades on defense.
The New York Giants will reportedly host visits by a pair of defensive veterans on Monday and Tuesday.
Defensive end Devin Taylor is scheduled to meet with the Giants Monday, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter while Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com reports that linebacker Gerald Hodges is scheduled to meet with the team Tuesday.
Taylor, 6’7”, 275 pounds, had been with the Detroit Lions since 2013. He’s played in 61 games with 18 starts, including all 16 regular-season starts last year. He has 69 total tackles, 15 sacks, 1 safety and 2 forced fumbles over his career.
Earlier this offseason, head coach Ben McAdoo spoke of a desire to lessen the workload of starters Jason Pierre-Paul and Olivier Vernon, each of whom played well over 90 percent of the defensive snaps last year.[table “18” not found /]
However, none of Romeo Okwara, Owa Odighizuwa and Kerry Wynn ended up separating himself from the pack as far as being that third defensive end who could take the snaps without much of a drop-off in production.
Okwara was named the starter after the Giants lost Pierre-Paul to a core muscle injury. He, Wynn, and Odighizuwa return this year, joined by rookie fifth-round draft pick Avery Moss.
Hodges, 6’2”, 236 pounds, also began his career in 2013, with the Minnesota Vikings as a fourth-round draft pick out of Penn State. He played the last two years with the 49ers, playing 25 games with 16 starts over the last two years.
Hodges has 224 career tackles, 3.5 sacks, 10 passes defensed, 3 interceptions including one for a touchdown and one forced fumble in his career.
If signed by the Giants, Hodges would probably be added to the competition for the starting middle linebacker job, where Keenan Robinson and B.J. Goodson are currently competing for the spot.