Can the Giants Linebackers Core Compete in the NFC East?

By Jared Greenhouse –

After a dismal defensive performance from the Giants last year, the 2013-2014 season does not hold much more promise for Big Blue’s linebacking corps. New York’s comedy of errors was spearheaded by a slow-footed, out-of-position assortment of New York Giant linebackers.

This year presents a new set of unpleasant challenges for the Giants defense. Jason Pierre-Paul is out for an extended period of time after undergoing back surgery and linebackers Michael Boley and Chase Blackburn are gone. So now more than ever, the Giants are in need of “fresh” legs to counter the speedy playmakers in the NFC  East.

During the offseason, the Giants signed middle linebacker Dan Connor. He’s stacked with potential, but has a history of injury problems. His backup is the ever-lovable Mark Herzlich, whose cancer survival story touches the hearts of everyone, though he might be a more effective motivational speaker than linebacker.

Herzlich ended minicamp on the first team, worrying Giants fans everywhere. On the weak side, Keith Rivers will be given another opportunity to play up to his potential after displaying glimpses of destructive moments with the Bengals.

The strong side will likely be manned by Spencer Paysinger or the recently signed Aaron Curry, the 2009 4th overall pick who can’t seem to stay healthy or motivated.

All of this begs the question: Why didn’t the Giants draft an all-star caliber linebacker in April? This current rag-tag group of linebackers stand little chance of keeping up with the lightning-quick players in the NFC East.

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