Chase Blackburn

During the first day of OTAs Wednesday, it was Mark Herzlich who lined up as the Giants middle linebacker.

It comes as a bit of a surprise as the team signed veteran free agent Dan Connor to compete -- and many believe -- take the job after Michael Boley was released and the team opted not to re-sign Chase Blackburn.

In related linebacking news, Herzlich was flanked by Spencer Paysinger and Keith Rivers, not Jacquian Williams.

Tags: Chase Blackburn, Dan Connor, jacquian Williams, Keith Rivers, mark herzlich, Michael Boley, New York Giants, Spencer Paysinger
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Free agents Aaron Curry and Josh Cribbs both left their visits with the New York Giants without contracts, according to reports.

Curry, the former fourth overall selection in the 2009 NFL Draft who has been since cut by both the Seahawks and Raiders, took a physical with the team. Questions remain about Curry's knees, as he has worked out for the Bengals and Bears without signing onto a team.

The Giants may be looking to add a veteran to the linebacking corps heading into training camp. The team did not address that position during the draft after parting ways with Michael Boley and Chase Blackburn this off-season.

Tags: Aaron Curry, Chase Blackburn, david wilson, Domenik Hixon, Josh Cribbs, Michael Boley, New York Giants, reuben randle
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Entering this past weekend's NFL Draft, linebacker was an area many speculated the Giants would need to address with young talent.

Yet the team chose not to draft a linebacker.

The Giants bolstered its offensive and defensive lines, added depth to the running back corps and secondary, and even added a pair of linebackers in the form of undrafted free agents Etienne Sabino out of Ohio State and Charles Dieusel of Mount Union.

Tags: alec ogletree, Brian Urlacher, charles deiusel, charles diesuel, Chase Blackburn, Dan Connor, daryl smith, etienne sabino, jacquian Williams, Jake Muasau, karlos dansby, Keith Rivers, kiko alonso, mark herzlich, Mathias Kiwanuka, Michael Boley, New York Giants, Spencer Paysinger
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The NFL Draft is a mere three days away, so of course, all the rumors swirling around who is going to land where are beginning to heat up.

Numerous mock drafts have the Giants looking to bolster a couple different directions, including linebacker, offensive and defensive lines and the secondary. Among the players most commonly connected to Big Blue are linebackers Manti Te'o and Alec Ogletree, offensive tackle D.J. Fluker and cornerback Desmond Trufant.

Over the weekend, the New York Daily News diagnosed those same four positions as areas of need for the Giants in this year's draft, pointing out the linebacking unit lost Michael Boley and Chase Blackburn, and Mathias Kiwanuka has returned to the defensive line. It adds the offensive line -- aside from left tackle Will Beatty -- is aging; Justin Tuck and Kiwanuka are aging; and questions continue to surround cornerbacks Prince Amukamara and Jayron Hosley.

Tags: alec ogletree, Chase Blackburn, cornellius carradine, d.j. fluker, desmond trufant, jayron hosley, Justin Tuck, manti te'o, Mathias Kiwanuka, Michael Boley, New York Giants, prince amukamara, Will Beatty
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Chase Blackburn proudly showing off his two Super Bowl rings last year in NYC.

Former Giants MLB Chase Blackburn, a key member of two Super Bowl teams, has tweeted that he will be joining the Carolina Panthers this season. The deal is reportedly for two years.


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The Giants are following protocol when it comes to free agency.

The team has added placekicker Josh Brown, linebacker Dan Connor, defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins, safety Ryan Mundy, wide receiver Louis Murphy, tight end Brandon Myers and cornerback Aaron Ross.

In addition, tackle Will Beatty,?guard Keith Boothe,?quarterback David Carr, linebacker Keith Rivers and?defensive tackle Shaun Rodgers have all re-upped with the team.

Tags: aarson ross, Brandon Myers, Chase Blackburn, cullen jenkins, Dan Connor, David Carr, Domenik Hixon, Hakeem Nicks, Josh Brown, keith boothe, Keith Rivers, Kenny Phillips, Louis Murphy, martellus bennett, Michael Boley, New York Giants, Osi Umenyiora, Ramses Barden, Ryan Mundy, shaun rodgers, Stevie Brown, Victor Cruz, Will Beatty
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The Giants have remained relatively quiet during free agency thus far, but perhaps a new addition to its defense is on the horizon.

According to ESPN, the G-Men have expressed "some interest" in Bengals linebacker Rey Maualuga.

Veteran middle linebacker Michael Boley was released at the start of the off-season, leaving the rumors swirl around potential fits, most of which centered around potential first-round draft picks Alec Ogletree of Georgia and Manti Te'o of Notre Dame.

Tags: alec ogletree, Chase Blackburn, dannell ellerbee, Jasper Brinkley, manti te'o, Michael Boley, New York Giants, ray lewis, rey maualuga
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The Dallas Cowboys is being mentioned as a landing spot for Giants' free agent LB Chase Blackburn.


From Rotoworld: The Giants seem to be moving on from the lead-footed soon-to-be 30-year-old Blackburn, as they are only willing to bring him back on a one-year deal at the minimum. Blackburn could compete for the strong-side job in Dallas, but he'd likely just be a backup. He started 15 games in the middle for the Giants in 2012.

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Just when you thought all of the Manti Te'o talk was over, Giants fans.

In ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr.'s third mock draft, he projects the New York Giants to select the Notre Dame linebacker with the No. 19 pick.

The Giants released veteran Michael Boley at the start of the off-season, and perhaps the only other option they have at the position was to re-sign Chase Blackburn via free agency. According to Kiper, this moves allows them to upgrade at the position.

Tags: Chase Blackburn, manti te'o, Michael Boley, New York Giants, Tyler Eifert
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Question: did anyone think the Giants were going to start the 2013 season with Chase Blackburn as the MLB?

If you answered 'yes', why, and if you answered 'no', you get an A for paying attention.

Blackburn is eligible for free agency next week after his reps and the Giants could not come to terms on a contract this winter.

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The Giants are in the business of finding of linebackers. A Florida Times-Union report now suggests they may be chasing the best on the market.

Jacksonville linebacker Daryl Smith, who missed the majority of the 2012 season with a groin injury, has been the stalwart of the team's interior defense for nine seasons.

In my free-agent forecaster, I predicted Smith would remain with the Jags largely because they cannot afford to let the veteran go. Despite the injury he suffered last season, there will certainly be a market for Pro Football Focus' top-rated backer.

Tags: alec ogletree, Chase Blackburn, daryl smith, manti te'o, Michael Boley, New York Giants
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The Giants are in dire need of defensive makeover, a process that usually begins from the middle - out. They have already sent DT Chris Canty packing and brought back Shaun Rogers. Veteran LB and defensive signal-caller Michael Boley has also been released.

The consensus has been that another part of the makeover would be the revamping of the LB corp. Either Jacquian Williams or Spencer Paysinger would slide into Boley's WLB slot and Mark Herzlich would assume the MLB duties from Chase Blackburn, an outgoing free agent.

That may or may not still be the plan. Blackburn's agent has said that the team and his client are seeking common ground on a new contract.

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This version of the 9-7 Giants didn't translate into a Super Bowl-bound time.

As the media gathers in New Orleans, New York Giants players are watching from their couches as a new king of the football world is crowned on Sunday.

Owner John Mara and GM Jerry Reese expressed their dismay with the team missing out on the playoffs this season. Obviously, change is on the horizon.

Tags: Chase Blackburn, Corey Webster, Eli Manning, jayron hosley, Jerry Reese, John Mara, Justin Tuck, justin tucker, Keith Rivers, Kenny Phillips, kevin booth, Lawrence Tynes, manti te'o, mark herzlich, New York Giants, Osi Umenyiora, prince amukamara, Rocky Bernard, Sean Locklear, Stevie Brown, Tom Brady, Victor Cruz, Will Beatty
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Looking to upgrade its linebacking corps, the New York Giants worked out free agent Sergio Kindle yesterday.

Kindle, who left the Giants facility without a contract, was cut from the Baltimore Raven's practice squad earlier this month.

The former Texas pass-rusher was drafted by the Ravens in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft. His career hit a speed bump, however, when he fractured his skull while falling down the stairs his rookie season.

Tags: Chase Blackburn, Keith Rivers, New York Giants, Sergio Kindle, terrell suggs
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This season, the Giants lacked their signature pass rush, which had lifted them over the Patriots in Super Bowls twice and had set the tone for the rest of their defense.

Whether it's via free agency, the draft or trades, the Giants need to upgrade their pass rush, which will allow their linebackers to focus more on stopping the revent and their defensive backs on generating turnovers.

The heart and soul of the Giants D: the defensive line. Let's begin there.

Tags: alec ogletree, Antrel Rolle, Brian Cushing, Brian Urlacher, Chase Blackburn, cliff avril, Corey Webster, danielle ellerbe, dwight freeney, israel idonije, Jason Pierre-Paul, jayron hosley, Justin Tuck, justin tyron, Keith Rivers, Kenny Phillips, kevin minter, kevin reddick, manti te'o, mark herlich, marvin austin, Michael Boley, New York Giants, Osi Umenyiora, prince amukamara, ray lewis, rey maulaluga, Rocky Bernard, Stevie Brown, tim dobbins
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He's been a reserve, a signee off the street and the quarterback of a Super Bowl defense. Now, Chase Blackburn's future with the New York Giants is uncertain.

The 29-year-old soon-to-be free agent linebacker is a free agent this off-season, one in which the Giants front office will have to decide what action needs to be taken to correct the issues on the defensive side of the ball.

With his future in limbo, Blackburn is just hoping he can remain with the organization.

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I?m planning on playing unless they tell me no. I?m planning on it unless they tell me no.
Tags: Chase Blackburn, New York Giants News, Quote

In Perry Fewell's weekly spot with the media, the Giants' defensive coordinator addressed everything Big Blue D from the aftermath of Sunday's loss to the Steeelers to A.J. Green's comments about Swiss Cheese.

After Tom Coughlin tagged his defense as soft earlier in the week, Fewell agreed -- in a way -- and explained what went wrong.

"We didn?t shed well and we didn?t tackle well," Fewell said. "We could?ve tackled a hell of a lot better. We could?ve shed a hell of a lot better in that football game to make some football plays."

Tags: 2012 New York Giants, a.j. green, Chase Blackburn, Chris Canty, Perry Fewell
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With Chase Blackburn expected to miss Sunday's showdown with the Pittsburgh Steelers with a hamstring injury, cancer survivor Mark Herzlich will start at linebacker for the New York Giants.

Herzlich, a former Boston College standout, was struck with Ewing's sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, prior to his 2009 season. He had been coming off of a 2008 campaign in which he was voted a third-team AP All-American and the ACC's Defensive Player of the Year.

Herzlich returned to the Eagles' linebacking corps in 2010 and started all 13 games. He finished third on the team with 65 tackles, first with two forced fumbles, and second on the team with four interceptions. He won the Rudy Award and the ACC's Brian Piccolo Award for his effort.

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The Giants? defeat of the Cowboys was exciting and stressful, but it also comes with what could be a hefty price tag.

Several Giants, including Antrel Rolle and Chase Blackburn, were injured during the game and did not return.

Rolle suffered a possible concussion after slamming his head into the turf while defending a pass to Dez Bryant along the sidelines late in the fourth quarter. Rolle went to make a big hit, but once he realized Bryant would not make the catch, he jumped to avoid contact but landed on his head.

Tags: 2012 New York Giants, Antrel Rolle, Bear Pascoe, Chase Blackburn, cowboys, giants, Injuries, Injury Update, Keith Rivers
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Chase Blackburn (93) forcing the game-clinching fumble Sunday vs Washington

We wanted to post this up yesterday when we heard it, so we're behind the news curve with this. It is based on the below exchange between Tom Coughlin and the media pool regarding the future of the MLB spot.....

Thoughts on Chase Blackburn forcing two key turnovers:Coughlin: Plays hard, smart. Constant motion. You watch the guy play, he?s always talking, moving, always making sure that he communicates with his teammates. Always trying to put people in the right spots, always coming up, it seems, in those situations where he can be a factor in a play even if it?s as you say, not the original. He comes to try and make something happen to the ball which their team was very good at, too.

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Many of the injured Giants missed practice Wednesday. Of course, it's still very early in the week and veterans don't?need to practice Wednesday in order to suit up on Sunday.

Here's who did not participate in practice:

Martellus Bennett?(knee),?Rocky Bernard?(quadriceps),?Chase Blackburn?(hip),?Andre Brown?(concussion), Hakeem Nicks?(foot, knee),?Kenny Phillips (knee),?Corey Webster?(hand, hamstring).

Tags: 2012 New York Giants, Andre Brown, Antrel Rolle, Chase Blackburn, Chris Snee, Corey Webster, David Diehl, david wilson, Domenik Hixon, Giants-49ers, Giants News, Hakeem Nicks, Injuries, Kenny Phillips, martellus bennett, New York Giants, Ramses Barden, Rocky Bernard
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First Quarter Blues

The Giants defense should have had a stronghold on the Browns this afternoon, but early on they came out flat. Consequently, the Browns? rookies burned ?em.

Trent Richardson, who said he would find running lanes against the G-Men, showed he?s a man of his word.

Tags: 2012 New York Giants, Antrel Rolle, Brandon Weeden, Browns, Chase Blackburn, Cleveland Browns, giants, Giants-Browns, Giants Defense, Jason Pierre-Paul, jayron hosley, joe thomas, Josh Gordon, Kenny Phillips, Editorial Aside, Stevie Brown, trent richardson
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I mean, I?m an eight-year guy. I?m not old, but I?m not as young as I once was.
- LB Chase Blackburn when asked if he considered himself old
Tags: Chase Blackburn, New York Giants, Quote

Perry Fewell spoke to the media to conclude the Giants? three-day minicamp yesterday. Among the more notable tidbits, the defensive coordinator touched on the middle linebacker situation, and what we can expect to see at training camp next month. Fewell made it clear that Chase Blackburn sits atop the depth chart right now, with Michael Boley, Mark Herzlich, Greg Jones and Keith Rivers expected to compete for the position.

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Giants' DC Perry Fewell didn't get much help through the draft this year, but with multiple players returning from injury and some interesting free agents in the fold, he has a full compliment of players to work with this summer.?

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From April 26 to April 28, 253 young men saw their dreams of being drafted by an NFL team come true.? For hundreds of others, the NFL draft cruelly concluded with their names uncalled.? Most of us reading this have never known what it feels like to be a prospective NFL player going undrafted, but I imagine it might feel like your high school crush refusing your advances in front of all your friends and family.? That is, if your high school crush happened to be all 32 NFL teams.

But as much as it stings, going undrafted is not the end of the road for these young athletes with dreams of playing under the brightest of lights, on the greenest of fields, wearing the costliest of cleats.? Undrafted players who still long to make a living as a professional football player must look no further than the Super Bowl 46 champions for a sign of hope.? Several members of the Giants? 2011 roster were overlooked at the draft by every NFL team seven times over.

Not all undrafted free agents are created equal, and there are a number of players whose stories could have been ripped right out of a Hollywood script.? Mark Herzlich was named ACC Defensive Player of the Year, and was a consensus first round prospect after his junior season at Boston College.? But when he was diagnosed with Ewing?s sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, the only thing that mattered was getting healthy.? Herzlich and his doctors successfully tackled the disease, and he was miraculously able to return to the field roughly one year later.? Herzlich fell all the way out of the draft, but was quickly signed by general manager Jerry Reese the morning undrafted free agency began.? He has yet to establish himself on the field, but his story has inspired millions, and his leadership and toughness make him a coach?s dream.

Tags: Chase Blackburn, Jerry Reese, mark herzlich, New York Giants, New York Giants News, nfl draft, Super Bowl, undrafted free agents, Victor Cruz
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LB Chase Blackburn will be back to fire up the Giants' defense and special teams this season.

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The Giants have re-signed LB Chase Blackburn to a one year deal, according to Mike Garafolo.

Many believed that the trade for Keith Rivers signaled the end of Blackburn's Giants career, but fans are happy to have the hard-nosed, Super Bowl hero back in the fold. The 28-year old, previously re-signed with the Giants towards the end of the 2011 season, after making plans to retire and become a substitute math teacher. ?He made several key plays upon his return, and the defense played?noticeably?better with him in the lineup.

Linebacker still may not be a strength for this team, but the coaching staff will certainly have plenty of options with their?new-found?depth. Aside from Blackburn and Rivers, the Giants expect ample contributions from Michael Boley, Mathias Kiwanuka and Jacquain Williams. Greg Jones and Mark Herzlich may have to fight for roster spots, and it is possible that Jerry Reese will draft a linebacker in two weeks. Jonathan Goff will almost definitely sign elsewhere.

Tags: Chase Blackburn, New York Giants

By now, you?ve probably read every breakdown possible of Sunday?s win. If you?re like me, you basked in the glow Sunday night and let the party continue through the parade/rally and possibly through the rest of the work week.

It was a thing of beauty in my eyes, to be present at MetLife stadium on Tuesday with thousands of other Giants fanatics that played grownup hooky to be a part of Big Blue?s 4TH Super Bowl Title. But for a brief moment, my attention was diverted from the glory of the present and redirected to a cold Saturday night 6 years ago.

Tags: Bear Pascoe, Chase Blackburn, Eli Manning, Jake Ballard, Jermichael Finley, New York Giants, super bowl 46, Travis Beckum
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The Giants' defense has been playing with that old swagger of late. Could there be a direct correlation to the return of LB Chase Blackburn? We believe it could be. He has added the aggressiveness back to the defense

From our friend and colleague Tom Rock of Newsday...

In his first game back with the New York Giants, Chase Blackburn intercepted an Aaron Rodgers pass, one of only six non-Packers to catch a pass thrown by the presumptive MVP this season.

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SNY Insider Mike Garafolo of the Star-Ledger is reporting the Giants have finally come to their senses and are bringing back MLB Chase Blackburn.

Blackburn, who played for the team from 2005-10, could sign either today or Wednesday. It's unclear who the team will cut or place on injured reserve to make room.

Blackburn made the team an undrafted free agent in 2005 out of the University of Akron. He went on to become a spot linebacker during his five seasons with the Giants. Blackburn was also a special teams captain last season.I wrote before the season after Jon Goff went down that Blackburn should be brought back. The Giants, for some odd reason, brought Chase in for a workout, but did not make him an offer. Instead, they decided to play rookies. How's that worked out so far..?

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The Giants will be put to the test this season trying to fill the holes on their defense with players no other team seems to want.

The new challenge is at MLB where Jonathan Goff, the appointed starter, went down with a torn ACL on Monday.

The alternatives are grim. Goff's only backup is undersized rookie Greg Jones, and although he's got the heart of a lion he may not be the immediate answer for the Blue.

Tags: Chase Blackburn, Giants Defense, Kawika Mitchell, New York Giants, New York Giants News
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It is certainly not surprising that many top NFL analysts expect the Giants to select an offensive lineman with their 19th overall pick next month. The majority of the line has exhibited a lower level of performance over the past two seasons and both C Shaun O?Hara and Rich Seubert sustained serious injuries last season.

Compounding the issue, William Beatty took a step backwards in 2010 despite being projected by many as the starting LT on opening day. The offensive line needs youth and talent ASAP, therefore selecting a Tyron Smith (USC) or a Mike Pouncey (UF) would be logical.

Tags: 2011 New York Giants, Chase Blackburn, New York Giants, New York Giants Blogs
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Giants' special teams captain Chase Blackburn is finally healthy. Maybe now his unit will begin to take root and start making some plays. In this locker room interview Blackburn talks Cowboys and new safety rules.

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Kicker Lawrence Tynes missed last week's game with a sore ankle. This week he plans on returning to duty.

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The 3 -o Bear's are coming to town Sunday night and the NY Giants need a win to gain some momentum in the division and for them confidence of the team.? However the Giants have hit the training room with a rash of serious injuries that is sure to impact this team moving forward.

Pain in Neck: The biggest blow to the team is loosing Mathias Kiwanuka with a bulging disc in his neck.? After practice earlier this week, Kiwi underwent a CAT scan were he was diagnosed with a bulging cervical disc.?? He is out for a undetermined period of time time.? The versatile? Kiwanuka leads the team with 4 sacks and has had major success from the defensive line and linebacker position in this new Fewell system.

Bum Ankle: The anchor of the offensive line, Shaun O'Hara is still shut down as the Giants try desperately to get him healthy.? Adam Koates takes his place; however his on presence is greatly missed on the field and the in locker room.

Tags: Chase Blackburn, Domenik Hixon, Giant Injury Report, Giants-Bears, Giants Defense, Giants News, Jason Pierre-Paul, Keith Bulluck, Mario Manningham, Mathias Kiwanuka, Matt Forte, Meadowlands, Michael Johnson, Osi Umenyiora, Perry Fewell, Phillip Dillard, Shaun O'Hara
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Giants' head coach Tom Coughlin met the media today after the team's final practice before Sunday's nationally-televised affair in Indianapolis.

According to out colleague at CBS Sports, Alex Raskin, LB Chase Blackburn (knee) will be inactive for a regular season game for the first time since 2005

Coughlin spoke briefly about the special team captain's disappointment.

Tags: Chase Blackburn, New York Giants, New York Giants Blogs, New York Giants News, Tom Coughlin, Transcripts
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The good news coming out of Timex today is Chase Blackburn's status. Despite being carried off the field yesterday, the captain was walking to team meetings today without a limp or hard cast. He may even be able to return as soon as Sunday but did acknowledge he aggravated his MCL injury from this past summer.

Beatty on the other hand will require surgery on his broken foot. Coughlin is unsure that this injury is a ticket to IR but it looks that way. Should Beatty be done for '10, the Giants reserve linemen will consist of Shawn Andrews, Mitch Petrus, and Adam Koets.

Although the organization does need to make room for Bear Pascoe, I don't see the team proceeding without another capable reserve tackle. Shawn Andrews has been used mainly as a guard and Adam Koets is listed as a tackle but in reality is only a backup center.

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Some days, you don?t want to be right. Today, any Giants fan that shared my disapproval of keeping only Kevin Boss and Travis Beckum know exactly what I?m talking about.

So now, we here at GFB get to play the ?What if? game. Let?s spin the wheel:

Tags: Bear Pascoe, Chase Blackburn, Duke Calhoun, Kevin Boss, New York Giants, Victor Cruz
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Chase Blackburn will avoid surgery but has a sprained MCL? that will cause him to miss an undetermined amount of time according to Ralph Vacchiano of the Daily News:

Blackburn was more or less a lock to make the team if he stayed healthy. ?For the past five years he has been a quality reserve player, occasional starter, and special teams standout. ?The numbers game may hurt him though, as the Giants are likely to have several hard decisions to make when final cuts are due.
Jim Sorgi is also banged up. ?He suffered an injury to his ribs presumably after throwing his second TD pass to Cruz. ?As of now he is expected to be ready for the Steelers Saturday.
Ramses Barden is?apparently??experiencing back pain. ?Barden got the start over Mario Manningham last night but failed to stand out. ?With Victor Cruz on the rise and Derek Hagan continuing to play well, Barden cannot afford to miss time as camp winds down.
Eli Manning isn't cleared just yet. ?While both he and the team publicly claim that he did not suffer a concussion, he is still being evaluated at the Hospital for Special Surgery. ?Coughlin may choose to sit him Saturday night with or without a concussion.
Tags: Chase Blackburn, Eli Manning, New York Giants, Victor Cruz

-Victor Cruz.  3 TD's?  Granted they came agaisnt backups or lower, but the young receiver still showed valuable ball handeling skills and at least two of his big catches came in tight coverage.  Cruz is also the first player to haul in 3 TDs in a single pre-season game since T.O. in 1998.  If Moss beats him out... well frankly it just won't happen.

- Chase Blackburn has a sprained knee.  Clearly we won't see him again before the regular season, if we see him at all.  The linebacking corps is crowded. As good as Blackburn has been for New York over the past five years, if he can't contribute for a month or two he might be headed towards the chopping block. 

-Speaking of Blackburn,  Gerris Wikinson, showed signs of life.  Not good for a laid up linebacker.

-Jim Sorgi has a cannon and Rhett Bomar has wheels.  The Giants will probably be forced to cut at least one and early on it seemed that Sorgi was a fish out of water without a clipboard in his hand.  His poor play was likely a result of a struggling offensive line.  His play swiftly picked up when Cruz and Hagan took the field.  Sorgi is still the favorite to be the backup QB after showing marked improvement throughout the second half.

-DJ Ware had a decent showing against non 3rd stringers for the first time ever.  Maybe Andre Brown isn't entrenched at number 3.

-Jason Pierre-Paul seems to have come a long way from collapsing at his first pro practice back in May.  1 sack later, I am very interested to see how he factors in to the regular season attack this year.
Tags: Chase Blackburn, DJ Ware, Jason Pierre-Paul, Jim Sorgi, New York Giants, Victor Cruz

Chase Blackburn might not be the most recognizable name on?Big Blue's?roster, but at?the NFL Alumni Connecticut Chapter's Fourth Annual Golf Classic yesterday?in Darien, CT, he was?a true Giant.
Blackburn joined the Giants as an undrafted free agent in 2005. This season will be his sixth as a pro. Yesterday, he made an impact off the field by participating in the annual golf event at the Country Club of Darien, which?raises money for youth-related charities.

Festivities included an?18-hole team scramble in which each foursome was captained by a former or current player, a live auction, and an awards dinner.

Stamford Advocate/Greenwich Time reporter Jesse Quinlan wrote about the event,?and spent time talking to Blackburn. Here are some of the comments the Giants' linebacker made:

On being a role model:
"Our time in the league typically doesn't last too long but the impact we can make sure can. Our words carry a lot of weight with kids, I know I would have loved to have met a professional football player when I was growing up in Ohio. I try to get to as many charity events as I can, I just feel like it's the honorable thing to do. This is a beautiful course from what I hear, so that doesn't hurt?either."
On the New Meadowlands Stadium:
"Playing there is gonna be unreal. I can't?wait."
On last year's disappointing season:
"It was the first time in my five years that we didn't make the playoffs. Sure we had our share of injuries, but so does every team in the league. That was unacceptable, so we have plenty of motivation for the upcoming?year."
Tags: Chase Blackburn, New York Giants, New York Giants Blogs, New York Giants News

Last year, Justin Tuck and his wife Lauran founded the R.U.S.H. for Literacy charity to help underprivileged kids in New York and central Alabama read by providing them books.

Last night, Tuck along with his wife hosted a charity billiards tournament for the R.U.S.H. program. There were 32 celebrity pairings there.

Among them in attendance, Sinorice Moss, Hakeem Nicks, Chase Blackburn,? David Diehl, and Shaun O' Hara.

Tags: Chase Blackburn, Hakeem Nicks, Justin Tuck, Sinorice Moss
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