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New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard walks off the field after a preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard walks off the field after a preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Sterling Shepard ankle scare is officially over.

Just 11 days after he was carted off the practice field with an ankle injury fearing the worst, Shepard practiced fully with his teammates on Sunday. There appeared to be very few restrictions on the second-year receiver, who also didn't seem to be favoring his injured ankle at all.

"They cut me loose today, so I am back to doing what I do," Shepard said in a statement released through the team. "I have been doing stuff leading up to this, so I felt like I was ready for a full practice."

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New York Giants quarterback Geno Smith drops back during OTA practice at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants quarterback Geno Smith drops back during OTA practice at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Head coach Ben McAdoo said he plans to treat the Giants' preseason opener the same way he treated last year's. That means there'll likely be no Eli Manning, no Odell Beckham Jr., no Jason Pierre-Paul, no Landon Collins or many other starters.

And the starters that do actually play probably won't play much at all.

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New York Giants linebacker Mark Herzlich against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. (Brace Hemmelgarn/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants linebacker Mark Herzlich against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. (Brace Hemmelgarn/USA TODAY Sports)

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Mark Herzlich jumped at the chance to wear his old college number, 94, for the New York Giants when Mathias Kiwanuka retired after the 2014 season. So it wasn't easy a few weeks ago when the Giants told him he had to give it up.

But he really had no choice.

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New York Giants linebacker Mark Herzlich reacts after stopping Baltimore Ravens running back Terrance West on fourth and goal from the 1-yard line during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants linebacker Mark Herzlich reacts after stopping Baltimore Ravens running back Terrance West on fourth and goal from the 1-yard line during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

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Mark Herzlich has made a career out of defying the odds and exceeding everyone's expectations. Now it appears he's done it again.

The 29-year-old linebacker will be back for his seventh season with the Giants after signing a new contract with the team on Monday. He was used almost exclusively on special teams last season, though he has proven at times to be a useful fill-in at linebacker, where he's started 17 games in his six years.

In his career, though, Herzlich has become one of the leaders in the Giants locker room -- a respected and steady veteran voice, who is popular among his teammates, coaches and ownership. He's been a team favorite since making the Giants as an undrafted rookie back in 2011.

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(Kim Klement/USA Today Sports Images)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

The Giants could have somewhere near $40 million in salary cap space to play with this offseason if the cap rises all the way to $168 million, as some in the NFL project. They might even end up with more, depending on what contracts they restructure and which players they decide to cut.

And while that may not be enough to turn them into big spenders in free agency the way they were a year ago, it certainly is enough for them to re-sign some of their own unrestricted free agents. They have 17 UFAs to deal with, and several other free agents who are restricted. And a few of them could demand and command big money from someone -- particularly the two free agents on the Giants' defensive line.

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

The Giants released their injury report on Wednesday. The following players were listed...

Did Not Participate in Practice

  • S Nat Berhe (concussion)
  • LB Mark Herzlich (concussion)
  • DE Owa Odighizuwa (knee)

Limited Participation in Practice (Less than 100 percent of a player's normal repetitions)

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - In the aftermath of the Giants' 27-23 win over the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, the star of the show was asked an awkward question about the difference between being 2-4 -- as the Giants would have been if they lost -- and 3-3. It wasn't a brilliant question, and Odell Beckham, Jr. said he wasn't sure how to answer."I don't know," he said. "You want to win."That's true. And now that they finally have for the first time since Week 2, the Giants want to do it again. Because, as Beckham said later, that's really the only way to answer all the questions about the Giants, to know if this win was an anomaly or the start of a trend."I think we're on the way," he said. "It's only one game. We have to go out next week and do the same thing. That's the only way you're going to be able to tell if you're hitting your stride."So maybe they'll know more on Sunday morning when they face the Los Angeles Rams in London. But there were some positive signs from their win over the Ravens that show maybe they are hitting their stride. It wasn't all good. It wasn't all pretty. But it's all covered in my 10 takeaways from the Giants' win:

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(William Hauser)

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With final cuts looming, several Giants players are making strong cases for roster spots.

QB Ryan Nassib (16-29, 210 yards with one TD and one INT) appeared to be more poised and less erratic in his fourth preseason game. He was still sacked three times and endured much pressure in the pocket, but the experience of playing every week is beginning to pay off. Unfortunately for him, he'll be back doing sideline duty the next four months.

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New York Giants quarterback Ryan Nassib (12) passes against the New York Jets during the second half at MetLife Stadium. The Giants won 21-20. (Vincent Carchietta)
New York Giants quarterback Ryan Nassib (12) passes against the New York Jets during the second half at MetLife Stadium. The Giants won 21-20. (Vincent Carchietta)

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Like Shane Vereen said, everybody "Relax", OK? Sure, the Giants have been awful this preseason, especially on offense. Yeah, the offensive line has major issues. OK, they're paper thin at pretty much every position. And yes, the regular season is now just 11 days away.

Wait. What was I saying? Oh, right. Relax and stop panicking. There's still another preseason game to go. Yeah, maybe the starters won't play much. And the Giants do have a bunch of nagging injuries already.

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Middle linebacker Stephen Tulloch (Tim Fuller/USA Today Sports Images)
Middle linebacker Stephen Tulloch (Tim Fuller/USA Today Sports Images)

The Giants made several moves this past offseason in an effort to upgrade their long-neglected linebacker corps, drafting Clemson's B.J. Goodson in the fourth round, and signing free agents Keenan Robinson and Kelvin Sheppard. They also opted to bring back Jasper Brinkley, who played admirably at MLB the second half of the season.

In addition to the mainstays Devon Kennard, Jonathan Casillas, Mark Herzlich and J.T. Thomas, the Giants hope find a formidable three out of this bunch. Not many experts believe they will but the team will forge ahead anyway.

Does that mean they won't pursue any new options should they arise? Probably not, which is why the question is being posed of whether recently-released Stephen Tulloch of Detroit is on their radar.

Tags: Devon Kennard, J.T. Thomas, Jasper Brinkley, Jonathan Casillas, Mark Herzlich, John Fennelly
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New York Giants outside linebacker Devon Kennard (59) rushes during the second quarter at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement)
New York Giants outside linebacker Devon Kennard (59) rushes during the second quarter at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement)

The Giants have been known throughout their history for having superstar linebackers manning their defense but over the past decade, that identity has eroded under the stewardship of GM Jerry Reese.

The Giants have not drafted a linebacker in the first round since they took Carl Banks with the third overall selection in the 1984 NFL Draft. Since Reese took over the Giants' draft in 2007, the Giants have used only a handful of picks on linebackers, most of them in the middle to late rounds.

Reese has only selected two linebackers over the last five drafts. He took Clemson's B.J. Goodson in the fourth round in April and USC's Devon Kennard in the fifth round back in 2014.

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Former Eagles assistant coach Bill McGovern has joined the New York Giants as linebackers coach. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)
Former Eagles assistant coach Bill McGovern has joined the New York Giants as linebackers coach. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

The Giants hired former Eagles assistant coach Bill McGovern as linebackers coach on Friday, according to ESPN's Adam Caplan.

New York interviewed former 49ers head coach Mike Singletary earlier this week, but instead chose McGovern, who spent three years with Philadelphia.

McGovern spent 12 years as an assistant coach at Boston College and was its defensive coordinator from 2009 to 2013. In McGovern's tenure at BC, he helped develop current Giants linebacker Mark Herzlich and Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly.

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New York Giants cornerback Jayron Hosley defends against New England Patriots wide receiver Brandon LaFell at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USATSI)
New York Giants cornerback Jayron Hosley defends against New England Patriots wide receiver Brandon LaFell at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USATSI)

Giants cornerback Jayron Hosley and linebacker Devon Kennard are inactive for Sunday's game against the Vikings.

Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is inactive as he serves his one-game suspension from last week's actions against Carolina Panthers cornerback Josh Norman, and defensive tackle Markus Kuhn is also inactive.

Hakeem Nicks will start in place of Beckham, Mark Herzlich for Kennard and Jay Bromley for Kuhn.

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New York Giants strong safety Brandon Meriweather during the game against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. (Matt Bush/USATSI)
New York Giants strong safety Brandon Meriweather during the game against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. (Matt Bush/USATSI)

Giants safety Brandon Meriweather and linebacker Devon Kennard are inactive for Monday's game against the Dolphins.

Left tackle Ereck Flowers (ankle) and defensive end Robert Ayers (neck) are both active for the Giants.

Craig Dahl and Mark Herzlich will start for Meriweather and Kennard, respectively.

Joining Meriweather and Kennard on the list of inactives include wide receiver Geremy Davis, defensive back Tramain Jacobs, offensive linemen Adam Gettis and Emmett Cleary, and defensive end Stansly Maponga.

Tags: Brandon Meriweather, Craig Dahl, Devon Kennard, Ereck Flowers, Mark Herzlich, Robert Ayers

Center Weston Richburg (ankle) has been downgraded to out and will miss Sunday's game against the Redskins.

Richburg, tight end Larry Donnell (ankle) and guard Justin Pugh (concussion) did not travel with the team to Washington.

Linebacker Mark Herzlich (quad) was upgraded from out to questionable, the team announced.

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Justin Pugh (Kevin Hoffman)
Justin Pugh (Kevin Hoffman)

TE Larry Donnell, LB Mark Herzlich, G Justin Pugh, and C Weston Richburg did not practice on Thursday.

LB J.T. Thomas was limited during practice.

CB Prince Amukamara, CB Leon McFadden, DE Damontre Moore, G Geoff Schwartz, and LB Uani 'Unga were all full participants.

 

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New York Giants players Victor Cruz and Mark Herzlich were featured as part of the USA Network?s award-winning ?NFL Characters Unite? public service campaign.

The third annual documentary, presented by GMC, profiles NFL stars as they share deeply personal stories of overcoming prejudice, bullying and discrimination, with the goal of helping young people who are currently facing similar challenges.

The weekly vignette and webisode series kicked off Dec. 2 and will wrap up with the premiere of the one-hour documentary on Jan. 31 ? the Friday before Super Bowl XLVIII. The documentary is narrated by former NFL star and NBC Sunday Night Football Emmy-winning sportscaster Cris Collinsworth.

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On Thursday, the New York Giants placed starting middle linebacker Dan Connor on injured reserve with a neck injury, promptly ending his season.

In his place will be Mark Herzlich, the third-year linebacker out of Boston College whose storied triumph over cancer has propelled his popularity among diehard and casual football fans alike.

Herzlich battled Connor during training camp for the vacant middle linebacker job and, despite popular opinion placing him as the likely suitor, the former BC Eagle was outplayed by Connor and lost the job fair and square. Now, he has the chance to prove himself.

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The debate and the competition at MLB has begun. The Giants are looking for leadership and production out of their middle linebacker spot this season. During their championship seasons they relied on the likes of gamers such as Antonio Pierce and Chase Blackburn.

This year, they will be relying on one of three players to wear the headset:

Mark Herzlich, whose well-documented battle back from cancer makes him a sentimental favorite.

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Giants? defensive coordinator Perry Fewell met the media at the conclusion of Big Blue?s minicamp to discuss the state of his defense.

And one theme was apparent throughout the whole 10-minute interview: The only thing that matters is when the pads come on.

But Fewell did say he likes where the unit is right now.

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LB Mark Herzich intends on being a force in the middle of the Giants defense this season (Getty Images).

Okay, so the Giants haven't spent any high draft picks on linebackers in recent years. That has led to the notion that they have little, or second-rate talent in the middle level of their defense, which is a fair assessment. But the team is confident they have plenty of talent in-house now to get the job done.

If you look closely at the linebacker unit you will find: two top-ten overall draft picks (Aaron Curry and Keith Rivers) and two others that were first-team All-Americans - one who was an ACC Defensive Player of the Year (Mark Herzlich) and the other a Bednarik Award recipient (Dan Connor).

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

Writes Rotoworld:

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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.

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The New York Giants will host Steve Beauharnais during a local Pro Day on Wednesday, according to reports.

The former Rutgers linebacker and Saddle Brook, N.J. product was an All-State player while at St. Joseph High School (Metuchen, N.J.), and has quickly climbed draft boards after a strong outing during the Scarlet Knights Pro Day in March.

Starting in all 13 contests during his senior campaign at Rutgers, Beauharnais notched the third-highest totals in tackles (83), and ranked among the Big East leaders in tackles for loss (16), sacks (5) and interceptions (3).

Tags: alec ogletree, Dan Connor, desmond bishop, khaseem greene, manti te'o, mark herzlich, Michael Boley, New York Giants, Rutgers, steve beauharnais
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In a column written for ESPN Insider yesterday, former Indianapolis Colts General Manager-turned-NFL analyst Bill Polian ranked the league's best talent evaluators.

Among his top six was Giants GM Jerry Reese, who was praised for his ability to find the right players to thrive under the tutelage of head coach Tom Coughlin.

Writes Polian:

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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.

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LB Mark Herzlich will be front and center Sunday when the Giants play their first game since Hurricane Sandy walloped the NY Metro region. (Getty Images)

Cancer survivor Mark Herzlich will start at MLB for the Giants this week in place of the injured Chase Blackburn (hamstring). The former college superstar has fought a long, hard battle to get where he is today. He was asked how his fight with cancer equates to the battle local residents are faced with after the knockout punch delivered by Hurricane Sandy...

"I think it some ways it does because you have to start all over. You?ve basically put your life on hold. You take everything, and it stops in its track. You say, ?Now where am I going to go from here?? You lose your house, you lose everything that you?ve ever had, you have to put it in the tank and say, ?That?s it. That?s my life,? or you can say, ?where do I go from here. How do I fight back? How do I regain my possessions? How do I rebuild my life?? I think that?s the same thing that cancer patients and cancer survivors have to do. If they get a bad diagnosis, are they going to let it destroy them and defeat them or are they going to take one foot and put it in front of the other and fight back. "

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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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When Chase Blackburn went down with a deep thigh bruise today, the Giants were left with only five of their ten linebackers active for today's practice.

Mark Herzlich took Blackburn's reps at MLB with the first team, an occurrence many believe will become the norm around here.

?Reps are reps, regardless," Herzlich said after practice as per Michael Eisen of Giants.com. "It?s cool getting a feel playing with JPP, playing with (Justin) Tuck, playing with Linval (Joseph). Those guys up front and getting the communication in the back end because it?s a little different with every guy. To be able to get a feel for that, I think it?s good practice for hopefully in the games."

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Giants' second-year LB Mark Herzlich has been reportedly working out like mad in order to compete for a spot on the suddenly-crowded LB corps. He got a chance to show his stuff last year, playing in 11 games and starting two before a broken ankle effectively ended his season.

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Mark Herzlich is a determined man.

The Giants' second-year linebacker overcame bone cancer in 2009 while?he was?at Boston College. He made the Giants' roster as an undrafted free agent last year.

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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.

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Facing a player like three-time Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady and a team like the New England Patriots might seem a daunting task for a seldom-used NFL rookie in a game as big as the Super Bowl.

Maybe not though, for New York Giants? linebacker Mark Herzlich, compared to what he?s already beaten.

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The Giants are in desperate need of someone to step in to the middle of their defense to sure up the front four with the back seven. LB Jonathan Goff was on the verge of doing when he blew out his knee in the beginning of the season. Since then, the team has tried a myriad of things to alleviate his absence. It has been a rough go, to put it lightly.

The loss of Goff has expedited the learning process of four rookies linebackers: Greg Jones, Jacquain Williams, Spencer Paysinger and Mark Herzlich. Jones has been used as the MLB in the base package, which the team abandons in favor of a defensive-back-heavy alignment. Williams, who is not much bigger than a defensive back, sees time a spy and a rover.

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Giants' rookie LB Mark Herlzich's battle with cancer has been well documented. But now that he is an NFL player with a bright future his story is even more compelling.

We think his story needs a wider audience. Our friends at 60 Minutes thought so, too. They will feature him in a segment on their October 30th broadcast.

From CBS News:

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Giants' Rookie LB/cancer survivor Mark Herzlich and fellow Boston College alum Chris Snee joined Keli Coughlin on a conference call today to discuss annual ?Champions For Children? Gala and remember the late Jay McGillis, who inspired the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation.

The Champions For Children Gala is open to the public. Information is available by calling 212-627-1000 or by emailing jayfund@resevt.com. Details can be found at www.tcjayfund.org.

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Greg Jones will start at MLB for the Giants this week in Washington, but don't sleep on another rookie LB while all of this is going on. Mark Herzlich is currently Jones' backup and is very capable of playing the middle at this level as well.
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"I want to go from being a feel-good story to making an impact on the field," said Giants' rookie LB Mark Herzlich, who talks about his fight with cancer without hesitation, while giving clear hints that he would rather be discussing football.

That's his life now, and that's his focus.

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The doctors told him there was no chance he ever would play again.

None.

Mark Herzlich never was supposed to step on a football field after he was diagnosed in 2009 with Ewing?s sarcoma in his left leg.

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OK?well as long as no one was injured in the last ten minutes, I think I?m ready to unveil my final roster projection for 2011. We still have two preseason contests to go, but right around now is when the decisions start to become clear. So let?s jump right in with QB.

QB Keeping 2: In 2011, NFL teams now have the luxury of dressing 46 players on game day. This essentially means that the 3rd string QB is no longer an ?emergency option.? The Giants have chosen to forgo the 3rd QB all together since 2008, and I?m not so sure that changes this season. Obviously Eli is the number 1, but he heads up a current corps of 4 talented signal callers.

David Carr (first pick ever of the Houston Texans in 2002) is my favorite to win the job, and not just because he is less expensive than the other veteran alternative. Yes he is about 2 million cheaper than Sage Rosenfels, but he is also equally talented and more versatile. Quite frankly, I expected him to win the starting job in San Francisco last year and I still think he will be a starter again in this league before he retires. Rosenfels may also be trade bait for another CB (more later).

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