The New York Giants lost Keith Rivers, but they signed Jon Beason, who is out with a foot injury. They will look to use their depth to their advantage.
At linebacker, the New York Giants are already facing an injury with one of their key starters, who has yet to play a down in New York.
Jon Beason is recovering from a foot injury, so he may not be ready for the season opener. If he’s not, the Giants have capable backups who can make spot starts.
Jameel McClain will probably fill in for Beason if he’s out, but he is already on track to start at middle linebacker after being signed away from the Baltimore Ravens.
Spencer Paysinger and Jacquian Williams will battle for the final starting linebacker spot. They will likely split time since they are about evenly matched. Williams offers more as a pass rusher though, so he will likely be used on blitzing plays. He and Paysinger are both solid tacklers, but neither are particularly threatening.
Rookie Devon Kennard will be a key reserve who may see immediate playing time if Beason’s injury lingers.
Mark Herzlich is rumored to be on his way out since he has failed to impress and win a starting job in the last two seasons. While the former undrafted free agent has been a special teams contributor, Dan Fox is expected to take his place since he can offer the same value along with versatility.
Fox is also an undrafted free agent, and he has experience playing in a 3-4 scheme at Notre Dame, so he may be able to fill in at either position if the time calls for it.
The Giants are expected to keep six linebackers on the roster, and their free-agent signing of McClain and drafting of Kennard will come in handy if Beason doesn’t recover quickly enough.