Not many pegged Kerry Wynn to be an impact player for the New York Giants, but he might be the best and most productive edge rusher on this team right now.
Wynn is on pace for a career season, one where he could post the best tackle and sack numbers of his five years in the NFL. He’s coming off a big game on Sunday at the Houston Texans, his play off the edge helping the Giants to a 27-22 win, their first of the season.
And if he can duplicate production like Sunday’s six tackles and a forced fumble on a consistent basis, then a Giants defensive line that is very much a work in progress can take a major step forward as a unit.
True to his style – soft-spoken and self-deprecating – Wynn didn’t try to make the Week 3 performance about himself. Instead, he sees his style off the edge in this 3-4 defense as simply a natural fit.
“This defense is a very attacking defense, very aggressive and D-linemen love that,” Wynn said. “I try to make sure I’m always around the ball. When you’re around the ball, good things tend to happen. Just running around and trying to make stuff happen. I’m having fun with the defense. I love it so far.”
Wynn has 13 tackles through three weeks, which puts him on pace for 69 for the year. His career-best came in 2015, his second season in the league, when he had 53 tackles. As a player, he seems to be coming into his stride.
For left tackle Nate Solder, Wynn’s performance isn’t a surprise. Though Solder admitted he didn’t actually see Wynn’s performance because he was too busy making adjustments on the sidelines with the offensive line coaches, Wynn’s solid effort is something that Solder has seen and competed against in practice. Solder knows very well the ability that is in the former undrafted rookie free agent.
“Practicing against him, he is a competitor,” Solder said. “He plays really hard, he’s a strong guy, a competitive guy.”
If Wynn can continue this solid start to the year, it will be a major help for the Giants as they look to move on from Jason Pierre-Paul, who was traded this past offseason. The development of a true, legitimate pass rush will help a defense that is transitioning to the 3-4 to get some balance, something that just might help the G-Men rattle off a few more wins this year.
“I feel like at the end of the day, football is football.” Wynn said. “It’s a tough sport. It’s a gritty game. Often times, the grittier, the tougher, the hungrier team comes out up at the end. It’s going to take that every Sunday to stack these wins.”
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