A Giant Addition

11/22/13 in NFL   |   alexkellman1   |   9 respect

Right in the middle, literally, of the New York Giants four game win streak and return to relevancy in the hapless NFC East has been middle linebacker Jon Beason. Beason was acquired on October 4 after his former employer for the past six seasons, the Carolina Panthers, demolished his new one, the New York Giants, in Week 3 38-0. After that beat-down Giants GM Jerry Reese decided that enough was enough and something had to be done to improve the Giants pathetic defense.  With that, Reese orchestrated a trade, a rare move mid-season in the NFL, to land the former two time all-pro Beason.  The trade makes sense for both sides considering that the Giants desperately needed a proven veteran linebacker to lead their mediocre corps and the Panthers had already moved on from Beason after injuries have limited him to just five games over the last two seasons.  The move was a low risk, high reward for the Giants too since they only gave up a 7th round draft pick and the Panthers were able to get at least something for a player that was not even starting for them and most likely would have been cut at the end of the season.  

Beasons road back onto the field has not been easy as he has been recovering from major knee, shoulder, and Achilles injuries.  The Panthers clearly believed that he was past his prime, but Beason has refused to give up and is currently proving his doubters wrong. Ever since his first game as a Giant where he led the team in tackles with 12 against the Chicago Bears, he has given this defense the veteran leadership and vocal presence that they were lacking. Beason has spearheaded the defense in this four game win streak, holding opposing offenses to only four touchdowns.  

The Giants next game happens to be their biggest and is paramount if they hope to keep their playoff aspirations alive as they look to play their division rival the Dallas Cowboys. A win here would have them tied with the Cowboys for second place in the wild and highly mediocre NFC East this season. The Giants road to the playoffs is certainly not easy, but they have been known to prove people wrong in the past. If they manage to shock the world once again and sneak into the playoffs, don't look far from the middle of the field as to why they are still playing.
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