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WILL Linebacker: Michael Boley
Boley emerged as the main leader of the Giants' defense last season.
Though the group had many leaders, Boley was the main man for defensive coordinator Perry Fewell. He made the calls in the huddle, made adjustments prior to the snap and also elevated his play in 2011.
MIKE Linebacker: Jonathan Goff
Goff tore his ACL prior to the 2011 season, but before that, the Giants were expecting a breakout campaign from the Vanderbilt product.
Goff was one of Pro Football Focus' best run-stopping linebackers in 2010, so the job is his if he can prove he is recovered from the ACL. He is a free agent, but I believe the Giants can sign him.
SAM Linebacker: Jacquian Williams
I know most of you are expecting Mathias Kiwanuka here, but I believe, with the Giants cap situation, they are going to try and trade Osi Umenyiora.
Osi played very well last season and in the playoffs, so the Giants would be successful if they put him on the market. Kiwanuka would then be moved back to defensive end—his original position—with Williams stepping in.
Williams played very well for a rookie and got better as the season went along. With a full offseason under his belt, he should get even better next season. He has all the tools to be a successful linebacker, and the Giants may have gotten a steal with him in the sixth round last year.