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Perhaps one of the shining lights of the Giants defense has been the play of their linebackers, and specifically, the play of linebacker Jon Beason. Beason, who was acquired?from the Carolina Panthers at the beginning of October, has done a tremendous job at the middle linebacker position and he has gained a lot of attention from the media, fans and more importantly, the respect from his team.

"He walked in the door and like I said earlier, the guys gravitated to him and he has that type of personality, he?s that type of a leader," said linebackers coach Jim Herrmann. "He?s a very upbeat leader and it is.? He has an infectious personality.? Most great leaders are.? You see that in him.? To be able to walk into the door and play right away, that?s not easy."

Tags: jacquian Williams, Jon Beason, linebackers, midseason report card, New York Giants, Spencer Paysinger
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Giants linebacker Jacquian Williams is still recovering from a knee injury he suffered during the 2012 season.

The weakside linebacker missed six games last year due to the PCL injury is expected to help fill the void left by the now-departed Michael Boley -- arguably the most vital position among the linebacking unit.

Tags: Aaron Curry, Dan Connor, etienne sabino, Hakeem Nicks, jacquian Williams, Keith Rivers, mark herzlich, New York Giants, Spencer Paysinger, Tom Coughlin
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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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Today marks the first of two New York Giants organized team activity sessions set for this week at the Timex Performance Center in East Rutherford, N.J.

And for a team that did not make the playoffs in 2012, there are a plethora of storylines as new faces and veterans in need to reviving their image return to the field.

1. The health of Hakeem Nicks

Tags: Aaron Curry, Cooper Taylor, Corey Webster, cullen jenkins, Damontre Moore, Dan Connor, Eli Manning, Hakeem Nicks, jacquian Williams, james brewer, Jason Pierre-Paul, johnathan hankins, Justin Pugh, Justin Tuck, Keith Rivers, mark herzlich, Mathias Kiwanuka, Michael Boley, michael cox, New York Giants, Ryan Nassib, Spencer Paysinger, Tom Coughlin, Victor Cruz, Will Beatty
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In a Football Outsiders piece on ESPN Insider, the analysts suggest linebacker remains the New York Giants' biggest red flag heading into 2013.

FBO calls the current starting trio -- Dan Connor, Keith Rivers and Jacquian Williams -- a patchwork unit, which is the M.O. for Giants general manager Jerry Reese.

"For a team with such a rich a history at the linebacker position, it's hard to remember the last time the Giants had even one really good player in their linebacking corps."
FBO criticizes the Giants' off-season plan of attack to address its less-than-mediocre linebacking corps, failing to draft a premier prospect and signing Aaron Curry via free agency.

Tags: Aaron Curry, Brian Urlacher, Dan Connor, jacquian Williams, Jerry Reese, Keith Rivers, Michael Boley, New York Giants
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It is only speculation that Mathias Kiwanuka will play along the Giants defensive line, according to Giants.com, though general manager Jerry Reese did hint at the move prior to the NFL Draft last month.

"He will probably play more on the defensive line" this year," the GM said.

With the shakeup along the defensive line this off-season -- losing Osi Umenyiora to the Falcons -- Kiwanuka can serve as another pass rusher to complement Jason Pierre-Paul and Justin Tuck, who will line up at numerous positions up front.

Tags: Aaron Curry, Antrel Rolle, Dan Connor, jacquian Williams, Jason Pierre-Paul, Jerry Reese, Justin Tuck, Keith Rivers, Kenny Phillips, mark herzlich, Mathias Kiwanuka, New York Giants, Osi Umenyiora, Stevie Brown
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In Rotoworld's newly configured post-NFL Draft lineup rankings, the New York Giants are slated at No. 11.

Offensively, the team re-signed left tackle Will Beatty and added Brandon Myers to replace Martellus Bennett, who signed with the Chicago Bears. Also making the lineup is first-round selection Justin Pugh, who is penciled in at left guard, as well as Victor Cruz, who has yet to re-sign with the team for the coming season.

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Tags: 2013 New York Giants, Antrel Rolle, Brandon Myers, Corey Webster, cullen jenkins, cullen junkins, david wilson, Hakeem Nicks, jacquian Williams, Justin Pugh, Keith Rivers, Kevin Gilbride, Linval Joseph, mark herzlich, martellus bennett, Michael Boley, New York Giants, Osi Umenyiora, prince amukamara, Stevie Brown, Tom Coughlin, Victor Cruz, Will Beatty
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Both Johnathan Hankins and Justin Pugh are poised to start for the New York Giants at the start of the season, Giants.com writer John Schmeelk writes.

Pugh and Hankins were the Giants' first and second-round selections in the 2013 NFL Draft, respectively. Pugh, the offensive tackle out of Syracuse, should start Week 1, filling an immediate need along the offensive line.

Giants.com writers believe Hankins could make an impact right away and eventually take over for Linval Joseph, while Schmeelk believes he'll be a Day 1 starter, alongside Pugh.

Tags: cullen jenkins, David Carr, jacquian Williams, johnathan hankins, Justin Pugh, Keith Rivers, Linval Joseph, Michael Boley, New York Giants, Ryan Nassib, Spencer Paysinger, Tom Coughlin
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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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In Mel Kiper Jr.'s first two-round mock draft, the longtime NFL Draft prognosticator suggests the New York Giants will select a cornerback and linebacker, respectively, with their first and second-round picks.

At No. 19, Kiper projects the Giants to draft cornerback Desmond Trufant from the University of Washington. The 6-foot, 190-pound former Huskie impressed at the NFL Combine, solidifying his status as a first-round talent.

NFL.com compares Trufant to Cardinals cornerback Antoine Cason, praising him for his size, athleticism and short-area foot quickness. However, experts believe he'll have to improve his overall strength on the professional level.

Tags: antoine cason, Corey Webster, desmond trufant, jacquian Williams, jayron hosley, Keith Rivers, Mathias Kiwanuka, Michael Boley, New York Giants, prince amukamara, sio moore, Spencer Paysinger, Terrell Thomas, zak deossie
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Michael Boley was a productive outside linebacker for the Giants the past four seasons, especially down the stretch in 2011 ? the Giants? most recent Super Bowl winning season.

But football is a business, and with the imminent salary cap issues the Giants will face, Boley, who was due to earn $4.25 million in 2013, was released.

The move was not a total shock, but it now opens the door for the 25-year-old Jacquian Williams to slide into a starting role.

Tags: 2013 New York Giants, boley released, Free Agency, giants, giants salary cap, jacquian Williams, Jerry Reese, linebackers, Michael Boley, New York Giants, NFL Salary Cap, NYG, Editorial Aside, Tom Coughlin
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If the Giants' defense and special teams seem a little bit slower these days, don't fret. There's nothing wrong with your eyesight. That's probably because LB Jacquain Williams has been out since Week Seven with a hamstring injury. He is the Giants' top special teams player and the defensive player they sick on the opponent's fastest player. The Giants are expecting Williams to be back in action this week. He spoke to reporters yesterday.

Do you think you?re ready to go for Sunday?

I practiced more than I ever did since the injury, so that?s a good thing. I?m waiting to hear back from the coach and the medical staff, but I?m ready to go. I practiced well.?

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The Giants' blowout victory over the 49ers yesterday said a lot about Big Blue.

But just how much?

The Giants earned a series of "firsts" and caused a series of "firsts" for the 49ers.

Tags: 2012 New York Giants, 49ers, Adrian Tracy, Ahmad Bradshaw, Alex Smith, Eli Manning, giants, Giants-49ers, Jacquian Williams, Jason Pierre-Paul, Mathias Kiwanuka, Editorial Aside, price amukamara, Prince Amukamara, Tom Coughlin, Victor Cruz
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In the seven years since the Giants traded their first-round pick to San Diego in the wow-that-worked-out-pretty-well Eli Manning deal, they've drafted a defensive player with their first pick every year except 2009, when they took Hakeem Nicks. None of those draft choices can be qualified as busts, as Corey Webster (2005), Mathias Kiwanuka (2006), Aaron Ross (2007), Kenny Phillips (2008), Nicks (2009), Jason Pierre-Paul (2010), and Prince Amukamara (2011) have all been contributors on at least one of Big Blue?s two 21st century SuperBowl title teams. (Note: Webster was technically a second round pick, but the Giants? first pick of the 2005 draft nonetheless.)

Although defense has been the norm in recent years, predicting what the Giants will do with this year?s first-round pick is no easy task. Jerry Reese tends to stray away from addressing immediate needs early on in the draft. He is a strict believer in the ?best player available philosophy?, preferring to stock talented players for the future--even if those players are not ready to make an impact right away.

Tags: 2011 New York Giants, 2012 NFL Draft, Andre Brown, Da'Rel Scott, Dave Tollefson, Eli Manning, Giants Defense, Giants Offense, Hakeem Nicks, Jacquian Williams, Jake Ballard, James Brewer, Jason Pierre-Paul, Jerry Reese, Mario Manningham, New York Giants, NFC, NFC East, Perry Fewell, Ramses Barden, Super Bowl XLVI, William Beatty
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Counting down Jerry Reese's eleven best draft picks/ undrafted free agents

Jacquian Williams: 6th Round (Pick 202) , 2011

The general consensus on Williams is that he was a sixth or seventh round pick, so this is the first player that can?t be considered great value. He is another name to throw into the picture at linebacker, though, which I consider the greatest need.

--Rich Resch, April 2011

Tags: best picks, jacquian Williams, Jerry Reese, New York Giants, nfl draft, Standard
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Giants' LB Jacquian Williams did not practice yesterday, his leg stabilized by a walking boot. He is a key element on the Giants' special teams, as illustrated by his forced fumble on San Francisco's Kyle Williams in overtime last Sunday.

He says he does not know how or when his foot was sprained, except that it happened during the NFC Championship Game.

?It?s something that just happened,? he said as per Brendan Prunty of the Star-Ledger. ?The day after, I thought it was just some game soreness, and I asked about it and they decided to give me an MRI. Doctors decided that I should take some rest.??

Tags: jacquian Williams, Jacquian Williams, New York Giants, Supe Bowl XLVI
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For those who saw last night's documentary "The Dotted Line" by Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me) on ESPN about sports agents, you can't be feeling warm and fuzzy about Giants' rookie LB Jacquian Williams today.

Williams was one of the players featured in the doc, being sold hard to NFL teams by his fledgling agent Eugene Lee. Lee worked his tail off for Williams, making sure his name stayed on the forefront of NFL GM's minds as this year's draft barreled on. Williams was finally picked by the Giants in the sixth round.

Shortly after, Jacquian upgraded his representation to ProStar Sports, leaving Lee with little to show for his efforts.

Tags: Drew Rosenhaus, ESPN, Jacquian Williams, Mario Manningham, New York Giants, New York Giants Blogs, New York Giants News, The Dotted Line
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Who knew? Who knew that the Giants would possibly find the future of their defense in a 224-lb kid out of nowhere in the sixth round of the NFL Draft?

When LB Jacquian Williams of South Florida, a "tweener" in every sense of the word, had his name called at Radio City Music Hall on the third day of the draft, it hardly caused a stir.

Many were curious what the Giants would do with a kid who surely could not play anything other than specials at that size. ?Six months later, their curiousity has grown more intense.

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- The first thing you notice about this draft is speed.? The Giants lacked great team speed last season, and Jerry Reese clearly wanted to improve on that.? First round pick Prince CB Amukamara has solid, but not elite speed.? The same cannot be said for third round pick WR Jerrel Jurnigan and seventh round pick RB Da?Rel Scott, who are possibly the fastest players at their position in this draft.? Jurnigan should immediately be in the mix as the team?s return man, an area the team struggled with last season.? Scott has experience as a returner as well, but I doubt we?ll see him returning too many kicks with Jurnigan and a healthy Domenik Hixon.

- Another area that Reese improved was special teams.? Jurnigan aside, a number of the other draftees should help out on kick coverage.? Tyler Sash, Greg Jones and Jacquain Williams should all be special teams contributors.

- ?Prince Amukamara? was not the most interesting name to join New York sports on Thursday; that honor goes to ?God?s Gift Achiuwa,? who committed to St. John?s basketball.

Tags: da'rel scott, greg jones, jacquian Williams, james brewer, jurnel jurrigan, marvin austin, New York Giants, prince amukamara, Tyler Sash
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The Giants drafted two linebackers on Day Three of the NFL Draft yesterday, but the names were ones that few had discussed or mocked to the team during the past few months.

After watching the likes of UNC's Bruce Carter and Oregon's Casey Matthews go to hated rivals Dallas and Philadelphia respectively, Giant fans were served with Michigan State's Greg Jones and USF's Jacquian Williams.

Tags: 2011 New York Giants, greg jones, jacquian Williams, New York Giants, New York Giants Blogs, New York Giants News
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With their final compensatory sixth round pick, the Giants have selected South Florida OLB Jacquain Williams.

The general consensus on Williams is that he was a sixth or seventh round pick, so this is the first player that can't be considered great value. ?He is another name to throw into the picture at linebacker, though, which I consider the greatest need.

Tags: jacquian Williams, New York Giants, nfl draft