Projected starters: OLB Jacquian Williams, MLB Mark Herzlich, OLB Keith Rivers.
Projected reserves: MLB Dan Connor, OLB Spencer Paysinger, LB Aaron Curry, LB Jake Muasau, LB Kyle Bosworth, LB Etienne Sabino.
Who’s in: Connor, Curry, Bosworth, Sabino.
Who’s out: Michael Boley, Chase Blackburn.
The Good: Athleticism. With veterans Michael Boley and Chase Blackburn out of the picture the Giants lose valuable experience at the linebacker position. But no need to worry because this is a young mans game, and the Giants new crop of linebackers are faster and more athletic than their predecessors. The question is, can this young group take the next step and becomes leaders of the Giants Defense.
The Not so Good: Experience. The Giants lost a lot of experience when they opted to not bring back Michael Boley or Chase Blackburn, who understood the intricacies of Perry Fewell’s schemes. Now with new faces in the fold it’s unknown whether or not the new crop of Giants Linebackers will be up to the challenge. If Williams, Rivers, and Herzlich can become leaders on the field the sky is the limit for the talented young group.
Player to watch: Aaron Curry. Curry is only a few years removed from being the 4th overall pick in the NFL Draft. While things have not worked out the way most people thought they would, Curry still has the potential to make a major impact at the position. If Perry Fewell can find a way to turn Curry’s potential into production the Giants just may have stolen one of the most intriguing free agents of the NFL off-season.
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