Starters: David Harris, Demario Davis
Backups: Jeremiah George, Nick Bellore
After a couple subpar years, David Harris once again established himself as one of the game's most productive middle linebackers in 2013.
Harris' terrific bounce-back campaign included 124 tackles, two sacks, and a forced fumble.
With over 750 tackles, 27.5 sacks, seven forced fumbles, and six interceptions in his eight-year career, the Michigan product has proven time and time again that he is a capable of doing it all on the field. The 30-year-old will be the leader of the team's linebacker corps once again, and he will continue to be a staple in Rex Ryan's defense.
Davis had some bumps in the road in his first season as a starter, but the former third-round pick put together an altogether impressive year. The 25-year-old went over 100 tackles, and he added an interception and a sack. Davis is undersized, but he's speedy for a linebacker, and he gives it his all on every play. There's no reason why he shouldn't improve with more experience.
Jeremiah George and Nick Bellore are two different players who I believe will end up in the same scenario. George was taken in the fifth round of this offseason's draft, and despite being undersized, he has great strength and works hard.
Bellore plays with a mean streak and has a nose for the football. The 25-year-old has appeared in all 48 games for Gang Green over the last three years, and he should add to that number this season.
George and Bellore will rarely see the field on defense because of the presence of Harris and Davis, but they'll both be leaders on the special teams unit.