The New York Giants traded their 2012 fifth-round pick for Keith Rivers, a former No. 9 overall pick in the 2008 draft. Why was he available for so little? Both because of injuries and the fact that the Cincinnati Bengals viewed him as expendable.
Rivers is eager to prove he is a steal, but where do the Giants put him? They already have Michael Boley playing the weak side and a combination of Mathias Kiwanuka and Jacquian Williams playing the strong side.
The only place he would seem to fit is the middle. Chase Blackburn is manning that spot, but don't be surprised to see Rivers take over at some point. Blackburn is a leader and knows the playbook, but Rivers' talent is on another level and he won't ride the bench long.
Rivers is just ready to do whatever the team asks of him, according to Kevin Patra from NFL.com:
"Hopefully I can come in there and contribute and do whatever they need me to do, whatever position at linebacker they need me to be," he said. "I've been working really hard this offseason to get out there and make the plays I need to on the field and stay healthy."
It could be a linebacker by committee this season, which is unprecedented in the NFL. With teams going further from traditional offenses, the defense cannot afford to stay conventional.