Kayvon Thibodeaux is a man among boys. Cowboys that is. The number 5 overall pick in this year’s draft will be making his NFL debut on Monday night against the Dallas Cowboys. Giants fans have been not-so-patiently waiting to see their first pick after he strained his MCL in a scary looking play in the preseason. But his debut is now set up to be fairy tale worthy. He will take the field for the first time in a primetime game, against a division rival, and in front of a “white-out’ crowd at MetLife Stadium.
NFL News: Kayvon Thibodeaux To Make NFL Debut In Week 3
Weight on His Shoulders
The expectations of Thibodeaux are enormous. The pressure of being a top-5 pick in New York will weigh on anyone, let alone a 21-year-old kid. But the big city looks good on Kayvon. He is a very creative and expressive person, and has already been in commercials, as well as partnered with the CEO of Nike, Phil Knight, to design non-fungible token (NFT) artwork. But his creativity on the field is where he shines the brightest. At such a young age, it is rare to see a skill set like Kayvon’s at the position of edge rusher. He has the size to run you over, but the finesse and speed to get around you untouched. And that is why Giants fans are so excited to have him around.
Giants Pass Rush is Back
Wink Martindale is also excited to have him around. The defensive scheme under Martindale is an aggressive one. And alongside Thibodeaux, Azeez Ojulari will be making his season debut as well. Ojulari led the team in sacks last year as a rookie with eight. The defensive unit has been better than expected so far this season. It is a big reason the Giants have found themselves off to a 2-0 start. And they have done it without their two best pass rushers in a system that is heavily reliant on getting pressure on opposing Quarterbacks. Needless to say, the defense should expect to improve after getting two important starters back.
Beaten Up Cowboys
The Cowboys are not excited to hear the good news on the Giants injury front. For them, the year has begun in nightmarish fashion. They have lost their Left Tackle, as well as their starting Quarterback due to injury. Both of which have been to multiple Pro-Bowls. But this opens the door for Thibodeaux and the Giants to get after the QB. And under the brightest lights, Kayvon’s NFL debut could be a fairy tale.