Alec Ogletree became the new regime’s first significant off-season move and was instrumental in providing leadership a part of the culture shift int he locker room.
Ogletree rarely left the field in his first season as a Giant, providing a consistent physical presence who appeared much more comfortable moving forward than in reverse.
Ogletree is at his best when he attacks the line of scrimmage. Although he posted career highs this year in coverage, he was also too often exposed and exploited in coverage, becoming one of many current and former Giants linebackers who were helpless to close down the middle of the field.
Ogletree ended up leading the defense in tackles with 93 despite missing three games (leg, shoulder), while his five interceptions (with two returned for touchdowns) led all NFL linebackers.
Ogletree always plays hard and with bad intentions, which is what you want from your linebackers first and foremost, but again, despite his success last year in coverage, coming off the field on passing downs might be something the coaches should start looking into next year.
The opportunities that Ogletree cashed in on aren’t always going to be there, but the difficulties he had in coverage aren’t going anywhere either.