The New York Giants have a new tight End, and it comes from a rather unexpected place. Veteran backup linebacker Mark Herzlich was approached by Giants coaches this offseason, asking him to change to a position he has not played since high school and Herzlich agreed.
Herzlich will now wear No. 44 for the Giants, but it remains to be seen if this is simply done by the Giants coaching staff as a gimmick, or if they believe this can actually work for them in the regular season.
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Herzlich has truly been an inspiration since he joined the New York Giants in 2011 as an undrafted free agent. This is due to the fact that Herzlich overcame a rare form of bone cancer, that cost him the entire 2009 football season at Boston College.
No one should ever question Herzlich’s motivation or drive to overcome an obstacle, but this seems like a move by the Giants coaching staff to give a middling player a chance to continue to play in the NFL. Herzlich has only started 18 of 88 games over the course of his six-year career, including none this past season. A move to tight end might be the only chance Herzlich has to not being cut during the preseason, and even then he faces completion from tight ends Evan Engram, Rhett Ellison, and Will Tye
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It does not seem smart to bet against Herzlich, he has defied expectations for years, from those who expected him to not return to football after being diagnosed with cancer, to overcoming that cancer and becoming a Super Bowl champion. It remains to be seen what happens down the line as we begin the move towards the summer months whether this is a gimmick or not, one thing is for sure however, Herzlich has faced greater odds and won before, so why not again now?