Giants prepping Goodson for starting MLB job

The 2016 draft pick has been working as the team's starting middle linebacker in OTAs.

| 4 weeks ago
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Giants prepping Goodson for starting MLB job


  • The Giants drafted B.J. Goodson in the fourth round of the 2016 draft, and the second-year player is in line to be the team’s starting middle linebacker, if early OTA reports are any indication.
  • Though the team’s linebacker corps was underwhelming this past season, Goodson saw just 13 regular-season defensive snaps, mostly contributing on special teams where he had six tackles.
  • In 63 preseason snaps, Goodson totaled seven stops and allowed just six yards in coverage on five targets and a 64.6 passer rating.
  • The former Clemson Tiger had just one missed tackle last preseason. During his senior season he missed just seven, the fourth-best tackling rate in the 2015 LB class.
  • Goodson’s strength is his run defense — he ranked 10th in the draft class with an 11.9 run-stop percentage. However, he showed promise in coverage during the 2016 preseason.

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Ryan Smith has been an analyst for Pro Football Focus since 2015. He is featured on the weekly ACC podcast, and is also the Philadelphia Eagles Media Correspondent for PFF.

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