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(6): Jon Beason, Jameel McClain, Jacquian Williams, Devon Kennard, Spencer Paysinger, Mark Herzlich
The Giants will more than likely keep six linebackers, but not because of Jon Beason’s foot.
While there is always a small possibility that Beason might not be ready for Week 1—to date, there have been no indications that he won’t be, though he still has to go out there and test it in a football setting—the need to keep a sixth linebacker is more of a result of another factor.
That would be the season-ending injury to safety Cooper Taylor, who, like Beason, cracked a sesamoid bone in his foot, but who, unlike Beason, needed surgery to repair it.
In addition to making progress as a safety, Taylor was developing into a solid contributor on special teams.
That brings us to the need for a sixth linebacker: Mark Herzlich. The fourth-year pro’s role on defense remains to be seen—last year he was often used down by the goal line—but he has done nothing to show that he can’t still contribute on special teams.
As for the starters, look for Jameel McClain (strong side), Beason (middle) and Jacquian Williams (weak side) to line up in the base defense as the starters once Beason is cleared to return.
Things are looking promising for Beason, who has been spotted by reporters going through a series of agility drills and sprints at full speed during the summer, including back-to-back sessions this week.
According to Art Stapleton of The Record, Beason, who is currently on the PUP list, is scheduled to meet with the doctor Wednesday to see where things stand.
While Beason is fully expected to come off the PUP list by Sunday, the visit with the doctor will determine if he’ll be able to return to practice in the coming week.