Kayvon Thibodeaux savagely thanks opposing lineman before recording 10th sack of his season
Kayvon Thibodeaux operates with supreme confidence. Call it cocky if you want. The former Oregon Duck is backing it up on the field this season for the New York Giants, a lone bright spot amidst a 3-8 campaign.
In the Giants’ 31-19 win over the Washington Commanders on Sunday, Thibodeaux said “thank you’ to Commanders left tackle Charles Leno Jr. just before halftime.
“For what?” Leno asked.
“For giving me the 10 sacks later today,” Thibodeaux responded.
With six minutes to play in the fourth quarter, Thibodeaux beat Leno off the edge for his second sack of the day. It gave him 10.5 sacks through 11 games on the season — the first defensive player to reach 10 sacks in a season while playing within a Wink Martindale defense.
Martindale is in his seventh season as an NFL defensive coordinator.
Kayvon Thibodeaux becomes the first edge player to get double digit sacks in a Wink Martindale defense
His 2nd sack of the day & 10.5 on the season pic.twitter.com/fuA9wZNm4c
— Bobby Skinner (@BobbySkinner_) November 19, 2023
“It’s such a blessing. You work your whole life to be in the NFL. You work every day to get sacks, that’s why they drafted me,” Thibodeaux told reporters after the game. “So, being able to deliver for this team and get a win gives me no better feeling.”
Added Giants head coach Brian Daboll: “I’m glad we have Kayvon. He’s a true competitor, great teammate, productive player for us and I’m happy he’s on our team.”
So far this season, Thibodeaux has 31 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, 10.5 sacks, two pass breakups, and a forced fumble. He posted six TFLs and four sacks as a rookie last season.