Torbor joins first team

Aug. 17: Barrett Green's questionable status has forced coach Tom Coughlin to shuffle his linebackers. Second-year man Reggie Torbor, coming off a solid game in Cleveland, has taken Carlos Emmons' place at strong side LB in the starting lineup and Emmons has moved from SLB to WLB to replace Green. All parties involved were told of the move only minutes before the start of practice on Monday.

Coughlin's been very pleased with Torbor thus far.

"Torbor's performance the other night was very strong and what we wanted to do is make sure we are very, very good against the run," Coughlin said. "So we thought this move will allow us to be better against the run.

"He is a big, strong, powerful man and he's a good rusher. He plays well over the tight end and he gets his hands on the tight end."

Emmons has also been impressed with New York's fourth-round pick in 2004.

"He has the size and speed to cover the tight end," he said of Torbor. "This year he's a lot more comfortable and is playing the game the way it should be played."

The athletic Torbor is hoping to capitalize on his opportunity.

"It's good, it's an opportunity for me to step up," he said. "Of course I like it. Anyone would like the chance to step up and play more."

Torbor admitted he struggled mentally last season, but said that he doesn't have any doubts that he'd be able to do the job.

"You always want a chance to be the best," he said. "I definitely think I can handle it."

Emmons, who played some weak side towards the end of last season, is excited about getting the chance to make more plays. However, he said it's going to take a little while until he's fully comfortable at a new spot.

"I'm playing a little slower than I'd like," he said. "I'm trying to get it down. I'm playing a step slower than when I get it all down."

Green still contends that he'll be ready for the start of the regular season, which would make Coughlin's latest changes irrelevant. However, he said he understands the moves.

"They have to prepare themselves for me not to be out there on the football field," he said.

Green, who earlier in camp told TGI that he'd be back for the third preseason game on Aug. 26, now says that won't be necessary.

"I don't feel a sense of urgency to play in a preseason game," he said.

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