From SNYGiants contributor Craig Santucci:
Jerry Reese is taking a lot of heat for the gambles he took this year. Most of them came up snake eyes. However, he still has a small chance to rescue his season with his latest acquisition.
While most of the news out of Giants camp is doom and gloom and the recent news that Hakeem Nicks may be — foolishly — put on the trading block, there is a potential for a bright spot. His name is Jon Beason.
The first round draft pick and three-time Pro Bowler for the Carolina Panthers has come to the New York Giants at the right time. Over the last two years Beason has been recuperating from Achilles and micro fracture surgery.
He was attempting to play his way into shape, however, with the recent draft of world linebacker Luke Kuechly, Beason was moved to the weakside. For whatever the reason it did not work out.
But Beason got what he wanted with the Giants: a chance to play middle linebacker.
Beason received his first start against the Chicago Bears last Thursday and his presence was felt immediately. While the linebacker might have missed a lot of time over the past two years, Beason flashed some massive potential.
At home in the middle, No. 52 made twelve tackles. He also seemed to running sideline to sideline effortlessly shaking off the rust fairly quickly. His speed was on display on numerous plays and his effort in the pass game was evident.
Even being out for most of two years, the play from Jon Beason shows what a professional linebacker can actually do and the neglect from Jerry Reese all these years.
When the 2014 season rolls around and Jon Beason has had substantial time with his new teammates this will become Jon Beason’s defense. While the Defensive Coordinator is rumored to be replaced, the time Beason spends with young, up and coming players like Spencer Paysinger, Jonathan Hankins, Damontre Moore, Jacquian Williams and JPP will make a difference.
To put it into perspective the current linebacker core of Herzlich, Rivers, Paysinger and Williams breaks down like this:
Herzlich: season high: 8………. 2013: 26 tackles
Rivers: season high: 7……….. 2013: 15
Williams: season high: 7. ………2013: 17
Paysinger: season high: 10…… 2013: 35
Beason’s first game….12 tackles!
This won’t save Jerry Reese’s neck but it will sure give you something to look forward to next season.