Markus Golden
Markus Golden
28-Year-Old LinebackerLB
New York Giants
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Golden broke out in 2016 by racking up 12.5 sacks, 16 tackles for loss and a colossal 22 QB hits,. In two years since, however, the 28-year-old has been debleted by injury in missing 17 games due to a torn ACL and an ankle issue. Over his final two seasons in Arizona, Golden accumulated only 2.5 sacks, six tackles for loss and 10 QB hits in 15 games. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a contract with the Giants in March of 2019.
Returns fumble for TD
LBNew York Giants
October 11, 2019
Golden had three assisted tackles, a half-sack and returned a fumble 42 yards for a touchdown in Thursday's loss to the Patriots.
Golden is enjoying a productive start to 2019 and that continued with Thursday's performance. The 28-year-old has 22 tackles (nine solo) and five sacks through six games.
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Measurables Review
How do Markus Golden's measurables compare to other linebackers?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
6' 3"
260 lbs
40-Yard Dash
4.90 sec
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Golden burst onto the scene in 2016 with a team-leading 12.5 sacks, which is quite the feat on a defense that rosters premier pass rusher Chandler Jones. The follow-up was less than ideal, though. Golden didn't make a mark in the sack department through the first three games of last season before tearing his ACL in Week 4. In the aftermath of a lost campaign, he enters the final year of his rookie contract but is still contained to a running program as of mandatory minicamp in mid-June.
Golden tapped into the potential that spurred the Cardinals to nab him in the second round of the 2015 draft, jumping from four sacks as a rookie to 12.5 sacks last season. The offseason addition of Chandler Jones aided Golden's cause, but he complemented a third-place finish in the sack department with four forced fumbles, which was good for a tie for seventh in the NFL. While the loss of Calais Campbell as a free agent removes a key piece of the pass rush, Golden will again have the newly-minted Jones operating on the other side as the unit attempts a repeat performance in the fall.
The Cardinals struck for Golden in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft with notable 3-4 outside linebackers Randy Gregory and Owamagbe Odighizuwa still on the board, surprising talking heads and viewers alike. Golden has responded by climbing the depth chart throughout the offseason and even logging first-team reps at weak-side linebacker early in training camp. If the trend continues, he could usurp the role intended for Lorenzo Alexander, which isn't a hit to the veteran due to his ability to play all four LB spots as well as his special teams prowess. In his final season at the pass-rush factory that is Missouri, Golden notched 78 tackles (43 solo) and 10 sacks in 13 games.
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Notches sack against Vikings
LBNew York Giants
October 7, 2019
Golden recorded five tackles (three solo) and a sack in Sunday's 28-10 loss to the Vikings.
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Another sack Sunday
LBNew York Giants
September 30, 2019
Golden recorded two tackles and a half-sack across 30 defensive snaps in Sunday's win over Washington.
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Two sacks Sunday
LBNew York Giants
September 24, 2019
Golden recorded five tackles (three solo) and two sacks across 61 defensive snaps in Sunday's win over the Buccaneers.
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Solid effort Sunday
LBNew York Giants
September 16, 2019
Golden racked up six tackles (three solo) and one sack in Sunday's home loss to the Bills.
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Practices in full
LBNew York Giants
September 12, 2019
Golden (hip) was a full participant in Thursday's practice, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.
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