Another one bites the dust. This offseason has been an absolute whirlwind for the New York Giants. Between the drug policy and injuries, who knows how many Giants are going to be left standing. These rookies should be counting their blessings with the new opportunities for positions coming their way. We all know about Will Hill being removed from the team because of his suspension due to violating the drug policy, and the suspension of Jayron Hosley for the first four regular season games also due to violating the drug policy, but the newest Giant to be hitting the bench is Jon Beason.
On Thursday Beason injured his right foot and walked off the field under his own power, so hopes were high he would be okay. After being evaluated he was diagnosed with a torn ligament and fractured sesamoid bone. In other words Beason needs surgery and will be out for three months to recover. On Monday he’ll be seeing foot and ankle specialist, Dr. Robert Anderson who preformed Eli Manning’s ankle surgery, in Charlotte to examine the injury further. Manning has come off his surgery strong so this could mean great things for Beason. I’m thinking he could potentially play early to mid-September if everything goes according to the plan.
Jon Beason is a middle linebacker and I think one of the best the Giants have. At 6’0, 235 pounds, the 29 year old is a seasoned vet. He’s had eight years NFL experience and has had a history of injuries. With 677 career tackles, 93 of those occurred in 2013 with 12 games played. This loss could be an extreme blow to the defensive line because he is so crucial to how they work. All of the 2013 season he kept his defensive line strong and working together and that’s all we could really ask for. He decided to resign with the Giants for another three years proving he liked what they had going on.
His recovery is skeptical by some but he has been nothing but positive since it occurred. According to the New York Times Beason said, “The prognosis is ‘x’ amount of time, and it is within that time frame. I expect to be back. If not, I’ll be back as soon as I can. That’s really how you have to look at it.”
The Giants have some options though when it comes to linebackers. Atkins Spencer, Dan Fox, Mark Herzlich, Jameel McClain, Spencer Paysinger, Jacquain Williams, and rookie Devon Kennard. This is absolutely Kennard’s chance to take the field and earn his spot. He had been practicing at side linebacker but fluidly slipped into the spot as middle linebacker right after Beason’s injury. Kennard is good and this opportunity is key to his future here on the Giants.
With Beason out this will give Kennard the time and practice to play the spot and learn it well. He’ll have the ability to work with the veterans and hopefully advance with them. Beason is whom I truly want at middle linebacker because he plays it so well and leads his unit, but this is a nice shot for Kennard and I hope he succeeds while we wait for Beason.