Training Camp Roster Preview: Olsen Pierre

Here's what you need to know about defensive lineman Olsen Pierre.

Background

Olsen Pierre originally signed with the Bears as an undrafted free agent following the 2015 draft but didn't make the final roster cut. He landed with the Cardinals, where he appeared to have found a home

Pierre enjoyed his finest NFL season to date under Bettcher in 2017 when he recorded 30 tackles, 5.5 sacks, 2 passes defensed and a forced fumble (all career highs). When playing under Bettcher, Pierre saw the majority of his snaps at defensive right tackle, but at times he moved to defensive end in the base 3-4 defense.

After Bettcher left, Pierre saw his snaps decrease. He appeared in 10 games, mostly as an inside player, before being placed on injured reserve on December 4, 2018, with a knee injury.

Looking Ahead

Pierre is going to compete to be a part of that defensive line rotation, which is in the process of undergoing a significant makeover.

Pierre has mostly been a rotational guy for the Cardinals, having played in 597 career snaps over two seasons. He recorded 5.5 sacks when he played for Bettcher in 2017, which would undoubtedly explain Bettcher’s belief that he can maybe help Pierre recapture that production.

If he can, then that would be a big boost to a Giants defensive line whose leading sack master was rookie B.J. Hill (5.0). The Giants have been looking for guys who can help push the pocket upfront, and are no doubt hoping for Pierre to do just that.

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Something tells me that even though he's done nothing all spring they'll keep him.



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