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New York Giants Continue Focus on Linebackers; Expressing Interest in Justin Durant

March 14th, 2013 at 10:35 AM
By Dan Benton

At this point, we'd just be better off reporting "the New York Giants have interest in every single available linebacker" because, well, they do. And in addition to Jasper Brinkley, Karlos Dansby and Rey Maualuga, the team is also keeping a close eye on Justin Durant (Detroit Lions).

A second-round pick of the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2007, Durant has spent the last two seasons with the Detroit Lions and started in 2012 as their strong-side linebacker. It was a move and situation that suited him well as he had a career-best 103 tackles to go along with .5 sacks and three passes defended.

Durant has been adamant that he'd like to remain with the Lions on a long-term deal, but thus far, the two sides are far apart and a reunion seems unlikely.

“Hopefully we get something worked out to where I’m back in Detroit," he said. I love the city, I love the fans, love playing there.”

Like the other linebackers that have drawn the attention of the Giants, Durant's value come as a run stopper – an area head coach Tom Coughlin stressed the team will focus on in 2013.

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7 Responses to “New York Giants Continue Focus on Linebackers; Expressing Interest in Justin Durant”

  1.  Nosh.0 says:

    I know I mentioned this briefly last week but the “First Draft” podcast with McShay and Kiper is really good. I just don’t know where you can find people that watch as much film as they do other than people in NFL front offices.

    I know it’s popular to hate on them because of the mock drafts (they actually talk about how they hate doing mocks) but if you’re into the draft and don’t watch College football like me, this is informative.

    Good to listen in the car or at the gym. Heres the link. New podcast each week.

    http://search.espn.go.com/first-draft/audio/7

    Also on itunes.

  2.  GOAT56 says:

    I liked him coming out of the draft. He’s kind of a healthy Rivers level player maybe slightly lower without durability concerns so he’s better. It appears we are going to sign 2 LBs from looking at so many of them, both a MLB and a SLB. I don’t mind that strategy at all because I think we need to push Kiwi back to DE. Plus I rather have Dansby and Durant than Blackburn and Rivers. Durant is athletic for a SLB and would be a huge improvement coverage wise from Kiwi.

    •  fanfor55years says:

      I think he’ll require more money than we will pay.

    •  Kevros says:

      Maybe he’s not as much of an injury concern, but he’s never started all 16 games in a season.

      I’d rather have Daryl Smith. He’s more of a stop-gap player at 31, but that should make him cheaper…

      •  GOAT56 says:

        He played 16 games in 2012 but he seems to have more durability concerns than I thought. Still more reliable than Rivers.

        Smith worries me. I don’t like signing an older player coming off of injury. I rather try Herzlich or another young player than rely on Smith it reminds me of Bullock.

  3.  rlhjr says:

    Giants need to be careful. Don’t need another Bullock, or Rivers or Arrington…
    Just find a kid who can actually play for God’s sake.

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