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New York Giants Could Start LB Jon Beason on Thursday Vs. Chicago Bears

October 9th, 2013 at 9:00 AM
By Doug Rush

Because the New York Giants made their very rare in-season trade to land three-time Pro Bowl middle linebacker Jon Beason just 48 hours before they played the Philadelphia Eagles, he didn't have much time to get acclimated into the Giants defense and thus, only saw five snaps this past week, which were all on special teams.

This week will be a different story, even though the team has a very short turnaround from Week 5 into Week 6, the Giants are thinking about breaking out their latest addition on defense against the Bears offense, as not only could he end up playing, but potentially start at middle linebacker when the 0-5 Giants look to get in the win column in the Windy City. Tom Rock from Newsday asked the 28-year-old about it, and while he wasn't definitive about it, he certainly seemed like someone with a plan.

"Possibly," Beason said with a smile. "It's possible."

After seven seasons with the Panthers, Beason is now getting accustomed to the Giants and Perry Fewell's defensive playbook and while it is a different defense that he hasn't played in before, Beason told Dave Hutchinson of the Newark-Star Ledger that it's a 4-3 scheme and something he is very comfortable playing in and getting the terminology of the schemes set.

“I’m in the playbook heavy,” he said. “It’s different terminology but I’ve played football in this league for a long time so I feel pretty comfortable. I have a vet out there in (outside linebacker) Spencer (Paysinger) who has been doing it. With the both of us together, it’s definitely something I want to do.”

Beason and Paysinger felt comfortable enough with each other that on Tuesday, the two linebackers switched jersey numbers, as Beason will wear the number he's worn since 2007, which is 52, while Paysinger will switch to the number that was assigned to Beason for the week, which was number 54; Art Stapleton of the Bergen Record said Paysinger gave Beason the number because of the kind of leader he is in the league and thought it was proper for him to get his particular number back.

"Spencer Paysinger told me he gave up 52 to Jon Beason "because of who he is" as leader on field. Wouldn't say if there was compensation #nyg," he tweeted.

Beason was originally the Panthers starting outside linebacker to start the season, as Luke Kuechly ended up taking over the middle linebacker spot when Beason was hurt, but Beason ended up losing his starting job to former Giant Chase Blackburn, which lead to Panthers GM Dave Gettleman calling his former co-worker and colleague in Giants GM Jerry Reese to pull off the trade last Friday.

For the first four years of his professional career, Beason was one of the best linebackers in the sport, but injuries have hampered him over the last two years, suffering a torn Achilles in the 2011 opener and undergoing microfracture surgery on his knee last October which cut his 2012 season short, so Beason's had a long way to go in order to making the comeback into the league, much less, as the same level he once played at.

But Reese was willing to part with a draft pick, even though it was a late-round one, but still had enough interest to take a chance on Beason and see if he can regain his old form for the Giants in 2013 and breathe some new life into a struggling defense that has allowed over 30 points in every single game this season.

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