Greisen to make run at starting spot

While the Giants believe they're plenty set at MLB and SLB with newcomer Antonio Pierce and Carlos Emmons, respectively, the job on the weak side is wide open.

In one corner stands Nick Greisen, arguably New York's best linebacker last season. Greisen is a true middle linebacker, but showed himself very well at Will last year, especially down the stretch when he was a virtual playmaking machine. Greisen very well could beat out incumbent Barrett Green on his own. However, the fact that Green, who didn't exactly get along smoothly with Tom Coughlin last season, is expected to start training camp only practicing once a day following season-ending knee surgery can only help Greisen's cause.

Green was signed to man the weak side spot last offseason, but ran into trouble with Coughlin before finally succumbing to offseason surgery. In his stead, Greisen more than filled in. With Greisen heading into his free agent season, expect the Giants to allow him the chance to show his worth.

As for Pierce, all the early returns are great, with Tim Lewis and Coughlin repeatedly crowing about his smarts and ability.

Emmons is just glad that he's healthy. He's been able to do so much more this offseason and showed plenty of progress down the stretch last year.

The loser of the Greisen/Green battle will still play often, as will second-year star in the making, Reggie Torbor. Kevin Lewis, T.J. Hollowell and Jim Maxwell will fight in camp for the final one or two LB spots.

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