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Linebackers becoming a Big Blue strength

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Posted: 7/27/2014 1:18 PM

Linebackers becoming a Big Blue strength 


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Posted: 7/27/2014 1:59 PM

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At this point in time the health of Beason is a critical difference between the LB corp being adequate vs something more than adequate.  Clearly, the presence of Beason ensures that Kiwi can be a full time DE.  Without Beason, I can see Kiwi dropping back into LB on a situational basis.  Hopefully we will continue to hear some good things about Kennard.  I believe that the LB corp could be outstanding if;

1.  Beason is healthy
2.  Kennard turns out to have the abilities of a solid starter.
3.  Williams and Paysinger continue to improve their overall linebacking abilities.
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Posted: 7/27/2014 9:56 PM

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Ah.......the pre-season springs eternal optimism.......


I really want to believe this group of LBs will take a step up.    Our depth at the position scares me.......but you could say that about most of the LB corps in the NFL.   I agree with Gordon that the amount of contribution Beason can provide will be a significant determinant in how well the LB corps will play.    Just saying Kiwi and LB in the same sentence makes me cringe.     That poor guy has been jerked around way too much within our defense.    Just like Rolle got jerked around a lot b/c of all of the secondary injuries.     



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Posted: 7/27/2014 11:56 PM

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JeffHostetlerFan wrote: Ah.......the pre-season springs eternal optimism.......


I really want to believe this group of LBs will take a step up.    Our depth at the position scares me.......but you could say that about most of the LB corps in the NFL.   I agree with Gordon that the amount of contribution Beason can provide will be a significant determinant in how well the LB corps will play.    Just saying Kiwi and LB in the same sentence makes me cringe.     That poor guy has been jerked around way too much within our defense.    Just like Rolle got jerked around a lot b/c of all of the secondary injuries.     



T minus less than a week to the HOF game!!!!!
Jeff, couldn't have said it better.
This in many ways for football fans is the best time of year. 'Hope springs eternal'.

I'm not a big fan of Kiwi either on the line or LB. Beason looks good compared to MLB that have played their
over the last 4 yrs. The best that could be said was adequate.

Still quite a few question marks.
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Posted: 7/28/2014 1:19 PM

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I feel that there is some decent talent on this linebacking crew, but the depth is VERY thin. Beason absolutely has to stay healthy all year for this unit to be a better than average unit. That would allow McClain to play the outside along with Williams or Paysinger. Kennard is all the rage in camp so far, but he's still a rookie and needs time to come along. I'd like to see him excel on special teams this year and get a little time on D before moving into a starting spot next year. Sort of how Jessie Armstead came along.
If Beason and/or McClain get hurt that forces people to start playing out of position and earlier than they should.

Good teams rely on their stars,
Great teams rely on each other.

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Posted: 7/29/2014 1:19 AM

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You really have to live in an alternate reality to think that the Giants LBs are becoming a strength.  Can we get at least one good season out of the unit before making such claims?

I have no idea why Giants fans are so crazy about Beason--I suppose they are so desperate for a great LB and so like to pretend that Beason is an exceptional player even when he isn't.  Beason was once a good player, but the injuries have taken their toll.  He was exploited in pass defense last season on a regular basis and has yet to prove he can stay healthy for 16 games.  The Giants spent too much money on him, but they suck at evaluating LBs and so I can't say I'm surprised.  Since it is almost a given that Beason will miss time due to injury, the Giants need depth at MLB but it is not clear they have it.  The Giants are hyping up Kennard in a big way, but can we wait until he plays a game?  Frankly, the Kennard hype is something I would expect from the Jets organization, not the Giants.  Sure, I like Paysinger and Williams at WLB, but we aren't talking about great players -- good players but not great.  McClain is a bad football player, a guy who probably doesn't belong in the league anymore.  He was a free agent, no one was interested in signing him, and the Giants came in with a low offer (comparatively speaking to what quality starting LBs make) and he took the Giants offer.  After all, it was better than nothing.

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Last edited 7/29/2014 1:24 AM by callmeSage

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Posted: 7/29/2014 3:56 PM

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I totally agree.  Please wait until we are 4 games into the season before you start identifying our linebacking corps as a strength.  We all hope we " caught lightening in a bottle " with Kennard but, truth be told, he wasn't very highly rated coming out of USC.

Beason appeared great to us because our other linebackers were so horrible.  It was greatness by comparison.

Our defense has to rely on a good group up front, creating pressure and stuffing the run, and fabulous work in coverage by the DB's.

Those two positions are where we can look for improvement.  The key to it all is JPP.
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