What a few weeks it has been for the New York Giants. The G-Men have been rolling of late, winning their past two games in convincing fashion and now sit 2-2 on the season. During their two game winning streak, the Giants have been firing on all cylinders, especially on defense. In the past two games, the Giants defense has forced nine turnovers and are beginning to look like a top 10 defense in the NFL. One big surprise though with the Giants playing so well on defense the past two games is because their doing it with their middle linebacker and team captain Jon Beason.
Beason has missed the past two games for the Giants because of a foot injury, that is still nagging him from when he hurt it back in mini-camp. Beason said on the his nagging foot injury after Thursday’s practice said “You break scar tissue. We didn’t have the surgery, so the scarring was actually the repair, if that makes sense. There is pain there, but not as much pain as the first time when it was a soft tissue injury. You break the scar tissue, so now I have a lot of play in my toe. That is really what is the hold up. I need my big toe to play ball, to push off, to pivot and you try to compensate for a lack thereof. That is really the biggest issue.” Because of his foot injury, Beason missed all of training camp and now after missing the past two games, he has been ruled out against the Atlanta Falcons. With Beason’s not in the lineup for Sunday’s game, the Giants will continue to have linebacker Jameel McClain play at the middle linebacker spot and have linebacker Mark Herzlich inside as well. In the past two games, both McClain and Herzlich have played well, with McClain racking up a total 16 tackles in past 2 contest and Herzlich compiling a total of 9 tackles in the two games.
Last season when he came over to the Giants from the Carolina Panthers in a trade, Beason created a spark in the Big Blue defense and helped the Giants go 7-4 in the 11 games he played in for them. The Giants sinced have realized that Beason is a very important piece to their defense and they will need him back healthy to help them reach the playoffs, which they have not done the past two seasons.