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New York Giants’ Jon Beason “Hoping” to Play in Preseason; Confident He’ll Be Ready for Opener

July 25th, 2014 at 12:00 PM
By Dan Benton

New York Giants linebacker Jon Beason is walking around sans boot and crutches, feels ahead of schedule and not only maintains that he should return in time for the Week 1 opener against the Detroit Lions, but is now even hoping to see some preseason action.

Speaking with reporters on Friday, Beason revealed that his recovery from a ligament tear and sesamoid fracture of his right foot — an injury originally thought to require surgery — is going quite well and that rehab appears to be doing the trick.

"I would hope so," Beason said when asked if he saw himself playing in the preseason. "Based on how I feel, the way things are going, you want to keep making baby steps.

"If you go too fast, all of a sudden you have a setback and now all of a sudden you're pushing that timetable of Sept. 8. So we want to be smart about it. Obviously, I'm going to do what they tell me, but I would love to get in the preseason and get some reps."

Despite his own personal optimism, Beason says his plan is to trust team doctors and their timetable, and although he'd like to think of himself as "superhuman," he realizes that's not the case and must abide by what the experts say. Still, the fact that Beason feels up to playing in a preseason game speaks volumes about how far he's come in such a short amount of time.

Whether or not the Giants actually allow him to play in a preseason game — assuming, of course, the doctors even give him a green light — remains to be seen. In all likelihood, they'd allow him to start practicing if such a time came, but seeing live snaps against actual opponents is a whole different animal and a risk they may not be willing to take.

For the time being, Beason remains on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list and can be removed at any point prior to their September 8th game against the Lions.

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2 Responses to “New York Giants’ Jon Beason “Hoping” to Play in Preseason; Confident He’ll Be Ready for Opener”

  1.  fanfor55years says:

    Does anyone really recognize what has happened to the Giants’ linebackers? Beason looks to be headed toward full health and played at a Pro Bowl level last season. McClain could play SAM for just about any team in the league and play it well. Kennard comes in and looks good enough to get the coaching staff seriously excited about him (listen to Jim Hermann and you’d swear he’s ready to start at MLB if they needed him, and is definitely in the mix to start at SAM as soon as the season starts). Williams looks bigger and reportedly is playing more fluidly and not having to think too much now. Paysinger is just a plain old smart, savvy, talented linebacker who like Kiwi, may not be a superstar but can always be relied upon to play pretty well and make some plays. Fox comes in and surprises everyone with his talent. Herzlich comes to camp quicker, totally familiar with every facet of the defense, and ready to continue to make big plays on special teams.

    It’s time for all of us to stop complaining about the second line of defense. It’s as good as we’ve had since LT retired and, top-to-bottom, probably one of the better crews in the league. Tell me who else has the equal of Beason, McClain, Williams, Paysinger, Kennard, Herzlich/Fox as their top six on the depth chart? Yes, the Niners have the best starters. But starters aren’t the whole story.

  2.  JClare says:

    Completely agree. Our defensive backs/safeties are probably even deeper when it comes to talent. If Stevie Brown plays like he did in 2012 and JPP is truly 110% this deference is F’in scary and easily one of the best in the league! I’m expecting a lot of big plays from them!

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