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1. Jonathan Goff: Pro Football focus called Jonathan Goff one of the top run defenders in all of football last season. If he can find a way to improve his coverage ability he will surely start being recognized as one of the best middle linebackers in football. Giants fans vastly underrate Goff because they see his low tackle numbers.
I got news for you—tackles are the only bench mark of a good middle man.
2. Greg Jones: Jones has been very impressive in camp and is showing a quick ability to learn the defense and take on blockers. Fewell has been singing his praises and the Giants might look to get Jones in the starting lineup some time in the future, possibly as the strong side linebacker (if and when Osi leaves and Kiwanuka moves back to DE).
1. Michael Boley: Boley had a very underrated season last year. A lot of what he did couldn't be found on the stat sheet—covering running backs and tight ends as well as rushing the passer occasionally. Tony Romo experienced what it felt like to get hit by Boley.
2. Adrian Tracy: The Giants like Tracy's athleticism and they have to see if he's picking up where he left off after getting hurt last season. He was a sixth-round pick in 2010 and will be battling with two sixth-round picks for playing time in Greg Jones and Jacquian Williams.
1. Mathias Kiwanuka: The Giants have confirmed that Mathias Kiwanuka is going to line up at strong outside linebacker in their base defense, mostly used on first and second down. I speculated that the Giants would make this move for a while if they didn't sign someone in free agency. He's played the position before; he is the Giants' most versatile player and you can expect him to be moved around to keep him on the field.
2. Clint Sintim: Sintim has yet to make an impact on the Giants roster after being a second -round pick in 2009. Will Beatty was also a second-rounder and is getting his opportunity, so you have to wonder if Sintim is disappointed he isn't getting a shot. He will have to prove his worth this season as a backup and on special teams.