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Robert Ayers | Defensive Lineman

Team: New York Giants
Age / DOB:  (29) / 9/6/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 275
College: Tennessee
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Giants DE Robert Ayers missed Friday's practice with neck spasms.
It is a new injury for Ayers, who had practiced in full all week. The Giants listed Ayers as questionable, but Tom Coughlin did not sound optimistic. "Hopefully he’ll be fine," Coughlin said. "I hope he feels better tomorrow morning." Ayers has nine hurries and three sacks in only 162 snaps this season. Oct 11 - 8:23 AM

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New Giants DE Robert Ayers blames his low sack total throughout his career on misuse.

Ayers notched just 12 sacks in five seasons with the Broncos after being the 18th pick in the 2009 draft. "I feel like I was out of position a lot of times but last year when Von [Miller] was suspended, they had to play me," Ayers said. "I was put in the situation and I was able to capitalize." He should get more opportunities to rush the passer in New York, but Ayers is primarily a run-stuffer. He tallied only three sacks as a senior at Tennessee.
Apr 25 - 11:51 AM

Giants agreed to terms with DE Robert Ayers on a two-year contract.

With Justin Tuck now in Oakland, the Giants were looking for some depth off the edge. They find it in the form of Ayers, a 28-year-old who notched 12 sacks across five seasons as a rotational player for the Broncos. As a solid run defender, he'll push Mathias Kiwanuka and Damontre Moore for snaps opposite Jason Pierre-Paul.
Apr 2 - 10:39 AM

Free agent DE Robert Ayers visited the Giants.

It's Ayers' first trip in over two weeks. He made a visit to Cincinnati shortly after the start of free agency. He'd be a situational pass rusher for a Giants team that's remaking its defensive line.
Apr 1 - 6:09 PM

Free agent DE Robert Ayers will visit the Bengals Tuesday.

Even after losing Michael Johnson to the Bucs, the Bengals are solid at defensive end with Carlos Dunlap, Robert Geathers, Wallace Gilberry and Margus Hunt. Ayers, who is coming off a career-high 5.5 sacks, would be a rotational rusher.
Mar 17 - 11:54 AM

The Dallas Morning News reports the Cowboys are interested in free agent DE Robert Ayers.

Ayers notched a career-high 5.5 sacks in 2013, and was solid against the run. He wouldn't come close to making up for the loss of DeMarcus Ware, but would be a welcome addition to what is now an absurdly-thin defensive line.
Mar 11 - 7:50 PM

Executive VP John Elway confirms Robert Ayers will be the Broncos' starting right end.

With the Broncos out of the mix for Dwight Freeney and John Abraham, Ayers will slide into Elvis Dumervil's old spot after Shaun Phillips was signed to be a nickel rusher. Ayers should cede snaps to Phillips on passing downs.
Tue, May 7, 2013 03:54:00 PM

The Denver Post reports "it's looking more likely" that DE Robert Ayers will open 2013 in a starting role.

With Dwight Freeney seeking $6 million per year and their interest in John Abraham waning, Denver is exploring low-cost alternatives to replace Elvis Dumervil. Rather than overpay for pricey vets, the Broncos "are starting to warm up" to the idea of starting Ayers on run downs and drafting a situational rusher.
Source: Denver Post
Thu, Mar 28, 2013 12:59:00 PM

Broncos DE Robert Ayers has taken a leave of absence after the Saturday night passing of his father, Robert Sr.

Robert Sr.'s passing was unexpected, and Robert Jr. led the Broncos out of the tunnel ahead of Sunday's win over the Chiefs, going on to play with a heavy heart. Although Ayers is no longer a starter along Denver's defensive front, he is a key role player and "wave" lineman. He has a sack and 12 tackles on the year.
Source: USA Today
Mon, Nov 26, 2012 02:20:00 PM

Robert Ayers has lost his starting left defensive end job to Jason Hunter.

Although the 2009 first-rounder has been a stout run defender, he's provided no semblance of a pass rush through three seasons. Hunter has earned more snaps with a physical camp, but he's going to be pushed by fast-rising second-round DT Derek Wolfe, who is seeing plenty of action at defensive end.
Source: Denver Post
Tue, Aug 7, 2012 02:12:00 AM

Broncos DL coach Wayne Nunnely announced his retirement from football.

Nunnely was set to enter his fourth season as Broncos defensive line coach after 12 years in the same role with the division rival Chargers. Denver's front four experienced a major leap in 2011 under Nunnely's tutelage, so he will be missed. They're turning to assistant Jay Rodgers to replace him.
Mon, May 14, 2012 05:36:00 PM

Broncos LE Robert Ayers' three sacks in his past two games are as many as he tallied through his first 41 career games.

The Broncos' 2009 first-round pick took advantage of an injury-ravaged Steelers line for two sacks in Denver's Wild Card upset. Ayers graded out as just the 43rd best 4-3 defensive end by Pro Football Focus this season, but somewhat offset his ineffectiveness as a pass rusher by standing tall against the run. Ayers is under contract for an affordable $965,000 in what will be a make-or-break 2012 campaign.
Source: Denver Post
Sat, Jan 14, 2012 01:38:00 PM

The Broncos are hoping that Robert Ayers' switch to defensive end will result in a "breakout year."

Defensive end was Ayers' college position, and he was slow to pick up outside linebacker in the Broncos' old 3-4. Our expectation is that Ayers will start at left end on early downs, and kick inside to tackle in passing situations. Von Miller would then be the left end opposite RE Elvis Dumervil, allowing Denver to play its best three pass rushers in the nickel.
Source: Denver Post
Sat, May 14, 2011 06:27:00 PM

Broncos coach John Fox confirmed Thursday that he envisions Robert Ayers as a defensive end in the team's new 4-3 defense.

Ayers, a linebacker in the Broncos' old 3-4, is built to play strong-side end in the new 4-3 scheme at 6-foot-3 and between 270 and 280 pounds. With Elvis Dumervil locked in at weak-side defensive end, look for the Broncos to target positions other than DE with the No. 2 overall pick. Nick Fairley and Marcell Dareus, both tackles in a 4-3, are very strong possibilities.
Thu, Feb 24, 2011 11:12:00 AM

Robert Ayers is expected to play left end in the Broncos' new 4-3.

The Denver Post suggests that Ayers will begin camp as only a "run-down player," needing to work his way into the passing down mix after managing just 1.5 sacks in his first two NFL seasons (26 appearances). The 18th overall pick in the 2009 draft, Ayers does have the size for the switch at 6'3/272.
Source: Denver Post
Sat, Feb 12, 2011 11:04:00 AM

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