Mark Herzlich LB NYG 24 Hrs
Giants re-signed LB Mark Herzlich.
A former UDFA out of Boston College, Herzlich opened last season playing significant snaps at middle and strong-side linebacker, but was eventually weeded out in favor of more skilled players. He did rack up ten special teams tackles, which is really where 26-year-old Herzlich's strength lies in the NFL.
Mark Herzlich LB NYG 6 Months
Mark Herzlich will take over as the Giants' starting middle linebacker.
Herzlich lost the job to Dan Connor during the preseason, but Conner has since landed on I.R. The Giants don't use their middle linebacker as an every-down player, severely capping Herzlich's IDP upside. For instance, Herzlich may only play 30 percent of the snaps in Sunday's game against three-receiver heavy Denver. WLB Spencer Paysinger will be New York's defensive playcaller.
Mark Herzlich LB NYG 7 Months
The Giants released their first unofficial depth chart Thursday, and listed Mark Herzlich (MLB), Keith Rivers (SLB), and Spencer Paysinger (WLB) as starters.
The Giants have a nice group of linebackers in camp -- including Dan Connor, Aaron Curry, and Jacquian Williams -- but the trio of Herzlich, Paysinger, and Rivers are expected to open the season as starters. None of the three have a ton of IDP value because they'll be rotated too often.
Mark Herzlich LB NYG 9 Months
Mark Herzlich will open training camp as the Giants' starting middle linebacker.
Herzlich lined up with the first-team defense during OTAs and minicamp. He remains the favorite to start, with Dan Connor likely to see playing time in sub-packages. "He has been very commanding," DC Perry Fewell said. "He's taken a leadership role out there and I think he has some respect from his teammates. Obviously, we want to find out what happens when the pads come on."
Mark Herzlich LB NYG 9 Months
Mark Herzlich has continued to work as the Giants' first-team middle linebacker at OTAs.
It's unclear whether the Giants have designs on using Herzlich in sub-packages, but he could offer quite a bit of IDP upside if they do. He's likely competing for that role. The other tentative Giants starters are Keith Rivers (strong side) and Jacquian Williams (weak side), with Spencer Paysinger competing.
Mark Herzlich LB NYG 10 Months
Giants LB Mark Herzlich lined up as the first-team middle linebacker at OTAs Wednesday.
Herzlich and Dan Connor are expected to compete for the spot this summer. Either one would be an upgrade on since-departed Chase Blackburn. Herzlich was flanked by Spencer Paysinger and Keith Rivers at outside 'backer.
Mark Herzlich LB NYG 11 Months
ESPN New York expects Mark Herzlich and Dan Connor to compete for the Giants' starting middle linebacker job.
An early-round draft pick could also enter the mix. The Giants finished No. 25 against the run last season, and Herzlich or Connor would be an upgrade over since-departed Chase Blackburn. Connor graded out positively in run defense as the Panthers' starting MIKE 'backer in 2011, per Pro Football Focus.
Mark Herzlich LB NYG Apr 25 '12
Mark Herzlich expects to compete for the Giants' starting middle linebacker job this year.
Herzlich started two games in the middle before an ankle injured ended his season in Week 12. The Giants have since re-signed Chase Blackburn and have also talked about moving Michael Boley to the middle. The odds are now stacked against Herzlich emerging as the starter.