New York Giants: Barrett Ruud and 6 Linebackers to Boost Perry Fewell's Defense

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New York Giants: Barrett Ruud and 6 Linebackers to Boost Perry Fewell's Defense
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The New York Giants have a proud tradition of great linebackers.  Names like Huff, Carson, Taylor, Banks and Armstead are synonymous with the ferocious defenses which helped shape the enduring image of the franchise.

In recent seasons the Big Blue defense has been hindered by poor play from the linebackers.  A lack of big plays in either run support, pass coverage or quarterback pressure has placed an unreasonable burden on the defensive line and secondary to carry the unit.

While the Giants defense enjoyed a creditable season in 2010, the linebackers' inability to chip in with plays when it mattered the most remained a constant source of frustration.

With the end of the lockout seemingly in sight and free agency just around the corner, head coach Tom Coughlin and general manager Jerry Reese should give some serious thought to upgrading arguably the team's biggest weakness.

Here are six free agent linebackers who could help coordinator Perry Fewell fashion a more complete defense for the 2011 season.

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