Kayvon Thibodeaux

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Comes on strong late in season

Thibodeaux played in 14 games during his rookie campaign and tallied 48 tackles (32 solo), including four sacks, along with five defended passes, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries, one of which he returned for a touchdown.

Analysis: Thibodeaux missed New York's first two regular-season games after spraining the MCL in his right knee during the preseason. He made his NFL debut in Week 3 against Dallas and remained mostly healthy the rest of the way, though he got off to a slow start statistically with just 25 tackles, which included two sacks, across his first 11 contests. The Oregon product then had a breakout game on national television in a critical Week 15 win against Washington, recording a career-high 12 tackles, one of which was a sack of Taylor Heinicke on which he forced a fumble that he recovered himself and brought into the end zone. Thibodeaux followed that performance with 11 tackles, including another sack, over his final two contests before resting for the season finale against Philadelphia. Though he may not have made the impact on the stat sheet that many anticipated when he was drafted fifth overall last April, Thibodeaux drew constant praise from the Giants' staff and appears poised to be a key part of the team's defense for years to come.

Jan 13, 2023 7:43 PM EST

Posts another strong performance

Thibodeaux recorded five tackles (four solo), including one sack, and added a pass defense in the Giants' 38-10 win over Indianapolis on Sunday.

Analysis: Thibodeaux made his presence felt right off the bat in the matchup, stopping Zack Moss for a three-yard loss on the first play of the game. In the second quarter, Thibodeaux brought down Nick Foles (ribs) for one of two New York sacks in the contest. The rookie has drawn praise from the Giants' staff throughout the campaign, but he struggled to put up numbers on the stat sheet initially. That has changed over Thibodeaux's past three games, as he has racked up 23 tackles, two sacks, two pass defenses, a forced fumble and a touchdown over that span.

Jan 1, 2023 5:55 PM EST

Good to play Week 16

Thibodeaux (elbow) does not carry any injury designation ahead of Saturday's game versus Minnesota.

Analysis: Thibodeaux was poked in the eye on his final play during Sunday's win over the Commanders, but this injury did not carry over into the Giants' injury report Week 16. Instead, the rookie-first round pick was limited with an elbow injury during each practice ahead of Saturday's game against the Vikings. Nevertheless, Thibodeaux will be ready to play despite this issue, as he'll look to build on the momentum from his 12-tackle performance against Washington on Sunday Night Football.

Dec 22, 2022 12:43 PM EST

Monster performance in primetime

Thibodeaux racked up 12 tackles (nine solo), including a sack and three tackles for loss, and returned a fumble he forced himself for a touchdown in the Giants' 20-12 win over the Commanders in Week 15.

Analysis: Thibodeaux has drawn rave reviews by New York's coaching staff for his work this season, but his strong play didn't translate into big numbers until Sunday. The rookie more than doubled his previous season high with 12 tackles in the huge divisional win, and he turned the tide of the game with one play early in the second quarter. On a Commanders second-and-long from their own 10-yard line, Thibodeaux notched a grand slam of defensive stats, sacking Taylor Heinicke, forcing the QB to fumble, recovering the fumble and returning the loose ball for a touchdown to give New York its first points. This is the type of performance the Giants no doubt dreamed of when they drafted Thibodeaux fifth overall in this year's draft, and it came at an ideal time with the team dramatically improving its chances of making the playoffs with Sunday's victory. The Giants did get a scare when Thibodeaux was poked in his eye on Washington's final play of the contest, but the rookie was able to conduct a postgame interview, seemingly alleviating any concerns about a serious injury, per Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record.

Dec 19, 2022 12:45 AM EST

Registers second career sack

Thibodeaux totaled five tackles (two solo), including one sack, in a Week 13 tie with the Commanders on Sunday.

Analysis: Thibodeaux's five tackles were a career high and included his second sack as a pro. The takedown came late in overtime and was key in forcing a Commanders punt from deep in their own territory. While Thibodeaux hasn't put up big IDP numbers this season, the rookie has been a key player for New York, tallying at least two-thirds of the team's defensive snaps in each contest since Week 4.

Dec 4, 2022 8:16 PM EST

Available Sunday

Thibodeaux (illness) doesn't carry an injury designation heading into Sunday's game against the Lions, Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Thibodeaux began Week 11 prep with a missed practice Wednesday and a limited session Thursday due to an illness, but he's since returned in full Friday and expects to handle his usual starting linebacker role Sunday versus Detroit.

Nov 18, 2022 11:50 AM EST

Dealing with illness

Thibodeaux (illness) followed Wednesday's DNP with a limited practice session Thursday.

Analysis: Thibodeaux's illness resulted in a missed practice Wednesday, but he appears to be feeling better given his ability to practice in a limited fashion Thursday. Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record reports that Thibodeaux's status is "nothing to be concerned about," so he should be on the field Sunday against the Lions.

Nov 17, 2022 4:33 PM EST

Records first career sack

Thibodeaux totaled three tackles, including a sack, along with a forced fumble in a 24-20 Week 6 victory over Baltimore.

Analysis: Thibodeaux was drafted fifth overall by the Giants in the 2022 NFL Draft with the expectation that he would significantly boost New York's pass rush. That vision finally came to fruition Sunday, as the rookie got to Lamar Jackson with under two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter to record a sack and force a fumble that essentially put the game away for the Giants. Thibodeaux has recorded three tackles in each of his past three games, but this was easily the high point of his first season thus far given the impact of his first career sack.

Oct 16, 2022 10:37 PM EST

Active in Week 3

Thibodeaux (knee) is listed as active for Monday's game against the Cowboys, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.

Analysis: Thibodeaux was considered questionable after participating in a limited fashion through practice this week, but he'll suit up for his first regular season game Monday night. The No. 5 overall pick of the 2022 NFL Draft sustained a sprained right MCL during the Giants' second preseason game, and he was sidelined for the first two weeks of his rookie campaign as a result. Expect Thibodeaux to start opposite linebacker Oshane Ximines while going against Dallas' depleted offensive line, which is without starting left tackle Tyron Smith.

Sep 26, 2022 4:07 PM EST

Questionable for Monday's game

Thibodeaux (knee) is listed as questionable for Week 3 versus Dallas, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.

Analysis: The fifth overall pick of the 2022 NFL Draft sustained a sprained MCL during the Giants' second preseason game and has yet to make his regular season debut as a result. He's trending in the right direction after practicing in a limited capacity this week though, and he'd be in line to start across from Oshane Ximines if he can go Monday. If not, Tomon Fox should continue to see increased reps on the edge.

Sep 24, 2022 12:58 PM EST

Limited again Wednesday

Thibodeaux (knee) was listed as a limited participant on the Giants' injury report Thursday, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.

Analysis: The No. 5 overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft suffered a sprained right MCL during the team's second preseason exhibition against the Bengals, which ultimately forced him to watch the Giants' first two games from the sidelines. Although Thibodeaux has been a limited participant in practice since the first week in September, it seems like he might finally make his pro debut Monday against the Cowboys, given the extra day to rest. Friday and Saturday's practice reports should provide a clearer picture regarding the 21-year-old's Week 3 availability, but if he's able to play, expect him to command a starting spot within New York's linebacker corps.

Sep 22, 2022 2:54 PM EST

Will sit again

Thibodeaux (knee) is inactive Sunday against the Panthers, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.

Analysis: Thibodeaux was limited in practice all week, and the team continues to take a cautious approach with their prized first round selection from the 2022 Draft. He'll work to suit up in Week 3 when the Giants host the Cowboys.

Sep 18, 2022 9:28 AM EST

Unlikely to play Sunday

Thibodeaux (knee) is doubtful for Sunday's game against the Panthers, Darryl Slate of the Giants' official site reports.

Analysis: Thibodeaux was a limited participant at practice all week, and it doesn't look like he'll make his NFL debut in Week 2. The dynamic rookie said he was confident he'd be ready earlier in the week, but the Giants will continue to proceed with caution. Thibodeaux suffered an MCL sprain in his right knee during the Giants' second preseason game and has progressed through rehab quickly. When available, he figures to be a key piece of New York's linebacker corps.

Sep 16, 2022 11:50 AM EST

Expects to play Sunday

Thibodeaux (knee) is confident that he'll be able to play in Sunday's matchup against Carolina, Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Thibodeaux suffered an MCL sprain in his right knee during the Giants' second game of the preseason, and he was unable to play in Week 1 of the regular season against Tennessee. However, the dynamic rookie has been able to practice in a limited fashion both Wednesday and Thursday this week and appears to have a legitimate chance to make his professional debut Sunday against Carolina. "Getting close," Thibodeaux said Thursday. "Like I said, trying not to look too far -- what is today? Today is Thursday -- still have Friday, Saturday. I'm really confident in this Sunday."

Sep 15, 2022 8:53 PM EST

Limited in practice Wednesday

Thibodeaux (knee) was listed as a limited participant on the Giants' injury report Wednesday.

Analysis: Thibodeaux, who was sidelined during the Giants' season-opening win over the Titans, appears to still be recovering from an MCL sprain that he suffered in mid-August. In his stead, Jihad Ward recorded six tackles over 53 defensive snaps in Week 1. The veteran defensive end could once again see a prominent role if Thibodeaux is still unavailable this coming Sunday versus Carolina.

Sep 14, 2022 6:12 PM EST

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