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Kayvon Thibodeaux sparks Giants pass rush dreams as teammate

You are a real Blue Giants fan and have a dream:

Kayvon Thibodeaux blows past the tackle and sacks the quarterback. Or Kayvon Thibodeaux and Azeez Ojulari free Leonard Williams to sack the quarterback. Or Kayvon Thibodeaux and Azeez Ojulari meet at quarterback like Michael Strahan and Osi Umenyiora did back then.

This is what the Kayvon effect will look like.

It’s a dream feverishly pursued by the ailing Giants fan who’s tired of seeing his quarterback on his back while the other quarterback stands tall and has enough time to bag “War and Peace.” read.

It’s a dream where the other quarterback flinches or runs for his life or gets buried under Big Blue predators that make the Giants defense feared again.

Of course, it’s unfair to have high expectations of Thibodeaux and the sudden impact he could make himself as the fifth overall winner of the draft.

But if you can’t let your imagination run wild in May, then when can you?

And if Williams and Ojulari already are, why can’t you?

Because after three easy exercises he is Rave-on Thibodeaux.

“He’s shown great speed, great pass rush IQ and stuff like that,” Williams said. “That means… he knows when to dash around the corner, he knows when to try to punch a guy inside. From what I’ve seen he seems to have a good understanding of how to read the offensive lineman’s set and stuff like that.

Kayvon Thibodeaux leads a drill at the Giants' mini-camp.
Kayvon Thibodeaux leads a drill at the Giants’ mini-camp.
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Williams broke to 6.5 sacks last season from a career-high 11.5 in 2020. If Thibodeaux and Ojulari can form a Batman-Robin tandem, Williams should benefit.

“It’s going to be great for me to play with guys like that who get the quarterback going up,” Williams said, “and if I’m playing down center and they do their job, I’m going to get them rolling to them and vice versa.” We feed on each other.”

Ojulari, who recorded eight sacks as a rookie last season, is excited about his new bookend.

“He sure is explosive,” said Ojulari. “A great athlete too. I can’t wait to keep playing with him and getting better with him every day.”

Ojulari gained 10 pounds of muscle and is now 255.

“I feel like you have to have a certain power to be a rusher,” said Ojulari. “When you charge, you can’t always go fast, these duels are sporty and good these days. They are professional so you need to change it up a bit. ”

Thibodeaux is no dwindling violet, but his much-vaunted great personality has taken a back seat to the task at hand.


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“Honestly, I thought he was more than he was just because you see that on TV and his draft day and stuff,” Williams said, “I thought, ‘This guy is definitely a character. ‘ … But when I meet him in person, he’s a humble guy and he’s willing to work and he’s one of the first [defensive] guys go in there and [give offensive linemen] a show look and stuff like that. I am definitely impressed by these things.”

Kayvon Thibodeaux
Kayvon Thibodeaux’s teammates were impressed with his take on the minicamp.
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Williams was the Jets’ sixth pick of the 2015 draft and may serve as a mentor to Thibodeaux, the fifth pick of the 2022 draft.

“He’s definitely a confident guy — in a good way,” Williams said. “He’s confident, not too cocky or anything. He knows he’s a beginner. He knows when it’s time for him to do his rookie duties and such. He is a good boy.”

Big Blue’s personality is changing under blitz-happy new defensive coordinator Wink Martindale.

“He makes the offense respond to us and not the other way around,” Williams said.

With secondary change and the need for talent infusion, the Kayvon effect will be all the more important in this quarterback-dominated league. Lawrence Taylor won’t be walking through the door … although he recently did, along with Super Bowl XXV MVP Ottis Anderson.

“He said that LT wasn’t much of a talker and he talked about demonstrating his leadership just by being there,” Williams told the Post, “and I felt that as soon as he walked in. You hear the whole defense like, ‘Ohhh, that’s LT!’ ”

The true Blue Giants fan has a dream:

“Ohhhh, that’s KT.”

https://nypost.com/2022/05/19/kayvon-thibodeaux-sparks-giants-pass-rush-dreams-as-teammates/ Kayvon Thibodeaux sparks Giants pass rush dreams as teammate

JOE HERNANDEZ

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