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Three New York Giants Make Matt Miller’s “Top 35 4-3 Outside Linebackers from 2014″ List
June 29th, 2015 at 3:00 PM
As noted this morning, the Bleacher Report 1000 is winding down and only a few defensive positions remain. And after going over the defensive tackles, Matt Miller has now moved onto linebackers -- specifically, outside linebackers in 4-3 systems. And quite shockingly, the New York Giants have three players ranked...

New York Giants’ Jameel McClain Believes Steve Spagnuolo’s Honesty, Character Will Motivate Defense
June 29th, 2015 at 11:00 AM
For New York Giants linebacker Jameel McClain, the transition into a new defensive system under Steve Spagnuolo hasn't been overly complex. Having experience with his coaching style from their time with the Baltimore Ravens, McClain has eased into the new defense and helped mentor some of the younger players who...

New York Giants Tuesday Morning Storylines: Cooper Taylor Locked in as a Starting Safety?
June 23rd, 2015 at 7:00 AM
Happy Tuesday, New York Giants fans! And welcome to Day 2 of a five-week long football-free break. The big news is that you made it through day one -- that's always the hardest part. Unfortunately for those of you desperate for some legitimate news or excitement, with the official signing...

New York Giants Linebacker Jameel McClain Laughs Off ‘Weakest Position Group’ Label
June 22nd, 2015 at 11:00 AM
Chris Wesseling of NFL Network recently broke down the weakest positional groups in the league and determined that the New York Giants' linebackers fit the bill -- coming in just ahead of the Giants' safeties. Needless to say, he's not at all impressed with the team's defense and specifically the...

Devon Kennard Named New York Giants’ “Secret Superstar” by Pro Football Focus
June 20th, 2015 at 7:00 AM
Midway through minicamp, New York Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo made a very bold statement, saying linebacker Devon Kennard "can be as good as he wants to be." It's the same kind of hype Kennard received a year ago when he burst onto the scene throughout training camp and the...

Jim Herrmann Believes New York Giants Have Best Linebacker Talent of His Tenure
June 17th, 2015 at 1:00 PM
There was no holding back on Tuesday when New York Giants linebackers coach Jim Herrmann was asked about his group and what he believes their talent level to be. And contrary to what many experts believe, Herrmann stated emphatically that this crop of linebackers are, by far, the most talented...

New York Giants Friday Morning Storylines: Jon Beason is More Important than You Might Think
June 12th, 2015 at 7:00 AM
Happy Friday, New York Giants fans! And welcome to the final day of Organized Team Activities (OTAs). Big Blue will return next Tuesday for mandatory minicamp and then take what amounts to a five week break prior to the start of training camp. So enjoy the news while you still...

New York Giants Sign Linebacker Tony Johnson, Waive Linebacker Ryan Jones
June 11th, 2015 at 12:11 PM
The New York Giants made a few minor roster moves on Thursday, officially announcing that linebacker Ryan Jones had been waived. The team also announced the signing of rookie linebacker Tony Johnson, who went undrafted out of Louisiana Tech. ***PHOTO1*** The 6-2, 255 lbs. Johnson played two seasons for the Louisiana Tech...

New York Giants Linebacker Jon Beason Says Past Injuries are “Literally a Non-Issue”
June 9th, 2015 at 9:00 AM
New York Giants linebacker Jon Beason may not be participating with his teammates on the field during Organized Team Activities (OTAs), but that doesn't mean he's still dealing with lingering injuries. In fact, Beason declared himself healthy on Monday for the first time in several years, saying he's "ready to...

New York Giants Waive Linebacker Ryan Jones with an Injury Designation
June 6th, 2015 at 9:00 AM
Injuries have claimed yet another body for the New York Giants as the team announced on Friday that linebacker Ryan Jones had been waived with an injury designation. ***PHOTO1*** Jones, who went undrafted back in 2014, originally signed with the Baltimore Ravens in May of last year, although he was waived a...

NFL Network Lists New York Giants Linebackers as “Weakest” in League; Safeties not Much Better
June 5th, 2015 at 9:00 AM
In recent days and weeks, we here at Giants 101 have been raving about the depth the New York Giants have established at the linebacker position. We've also taken note of the development of Devon Kennard, the health of Jon Beason and the potential of both J.T. Thomas and Jonathan...

Is Devon Kennard Poised to Become New York Giants’ Defensive Superstar?
June 4th, 2015 at 3:00 PM
The New York Giants have long had a tradition of dominate linebackers, but in recent years -- at least dating back to the Antonio Pierce days -- that has not necessarily been the case. However, with the addition of savvy veterans Jon Beason and Jameel McClain over the previous few...

New York Giants LB Jonathan Casillas: Defense is Establishing an Aggressive Culture
June 4th, 2015 at 1:00 PM
It has been quite some time since the New York Giants have seen quality depth at the linebacker position. In fact, it appears as if fear of the injury bug -- you know, the one that always seems to hit Big Blue -- has led to a deeper team than...

Jon Beason: New York Giants Defense “the Most Complex System I’ve Been In”
June 3rd, 2015 at 3:00 PM
One of the knocks against defensive coordinator Perry Fewell over the previous few seasons was that his defensive schemes were entirely too complex for the players and eventually had to be simplified before things began to take shape. Any hope that would change under the returning Steve Spagnuolo went out...

New York Giants’ J.T. Thomas Has Lofty Goals for 2015: Wants to Lead NFL in Takeaways
May 16th, 2015 at 3:00 PM
Early on in free agency, the New York Giants made it a point to address depth at the linebacker position and did so with the additions of Jonathan Casillas and J.T. Thomas -- each of whom were signed to unexpectedly large deals and widely considered two of the worst free...

Giants’ Steve Spagnuolo Won’t Promise an Immediate Turnaround: “I’m not a Magician”
May 9th, 2015 at 2:45 PM
For the first time since returning to the New York Giants earlier this offseason, defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo met with the media on Saturday and immediately took steps to temper some of the expectations that have come along with his return. Rather, Spagnuolo says, it's unrealistic to expect an immediate...

New York Giants Terminate Contract of WR Kevin Ogletree, Waive LB Terrell Manning
May 7th, 2015 at 1:15 PM
The New York Giants announced two roster moves on Thursday after terminating the contract of wide receiver Kevin Ogletree and waiving linebacker Terrell Manning. ***PHOTO1*** The move comes on during the first week of rookie mini-camp and signals the end of these players' respective runs with the Giants. The #Giants have terminated the...

Jonathan Casillas Determined to Take Over as Starting Linebacker for New York Giants
April 25th, 2015 at 9:00 AM
Jonathan Casillas may not be a recognizable name, but there’s no denying his success thus far. The 27-year-old linebacker has already earned two Super Bowl rings in 2009 and 2014 with the New Orleans Saints and New England Patriots respectively. And his key second half onside kick recovery in Super...

Revitalized New York Giants Defense “Excited” to Play for Steve Spagnuolo
April 21st, 2015 at 9:00 AM
It didn't take long for the energy and excitement to start flowing when the New York Giants arrived for the offseason workout program on Monday morning, particularly for the defensive players, many of whom got to meet the returning Steve Spagnuolo for the very first time. ***PHOTO1*** What Spagnuolo did and what...

New York Giants’ Jon Beason Expects to Play 16 Games, Believes He’s “Best in the Game”
April 20th, 2015 at 3:15 PM
Of the many New York Giants players who expressed their excitement in returning to work on Monday, perhaps none were more excited or grateful than linebacker Jon Beason. ***PHOTO1*** After being traded to the Giants in 2013 and revitalizing his career, Beason entered the 2014 season with high hopes. Unfortunately, an offseason...