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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 (pectoral) remains without a timetable for recovery.
Ayers "badly" tore his pec in Week 13 and can't yet lift weights. We tentatively expect Ayers ready for training camp. He was arguably the Giants' best defensive end last season, as he was tied for the team lead in sacks and played stout run defense. GM Jerry Reese will find pass-rushing help this offseason. Feb 13 - 9:27 AM

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Giants DE Robert Ayers tore a pectoral in Sunday's Week 13 loss to the Jags and is done for the season.

Ayers, signed to a two-year, $4M deal in March, turned out to be one of GM Jerry Reese's best finds. Despite limited playing time, Ayers was tied for the team lead with five sacks and was PFF's No. 4 overall 4-3 end. Mathias Kiwanuka (knee) is also hobbled, leaving Damontre Moore and rookie Kerry Wynn to pick up more playing time down the stretch. Ayers' $1.23M contract for 2015 is not guaranteed.
Source: ESPN.com
Tue, Dec 2, 2014 09:12:00 AM

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.
Sat, Oct 11, 2014 08:23:00 AM

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.
Fri, Apr 25, 2014 11:51:00 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.
Wed, Apr 2, 2014 10:39:00 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.
Tue, Apr 1, 2014 06:09:00 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.
Mon, Mar 17, 2014 11:54:00 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.
Tue, Mar 11, 2014 07:50:00 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

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