While recovering from the foot injury he suffered back in June, Beason went on a bit of a research quest to find out what the record was for the most tackles in season made by a Giants player, which apparently isn't even listed in the Giants media guide. So when someone told Beason what the actual number was, the 29-year-old middle linebacker made it a goal to eclipse Barrow's record.
"If that's what it is, then that's the mark," Beason told Newsday with a shrug this week. "One hundred and fifty, I think, is obtainable. I don't think it's anything that is far-fetched to be honest."
Beason is right; it's not a far-fetched goal for him, especially if he plays like he did when he was considered one of the top middle linebackers in the game and at times last season after being acquired from the Carolina Panthers, Beason did look like that guy. The most tackles Beason has ever had in a season was 141 back in 2009 with the Panthers; his second highest total was 140 in his rookie season back in 2007.
Since then, Beason ran into injury troubles while with Carolina, which ended up costing him his starting spot and then lead to the trade in early October that sent him to the Giants for a seventh-round pick and ultimately, a second chance to turn his career around. Beason made 93 of his 104 total tackles with the Giants last season in the 12 games he played with them. If Beason was with the Giants starting for the full season, his tackles total would have been a lot higher than what he finished with.
"It would have put me at about 135 or 140," he said. "Then I was coming off the [knee] injury, I know I wasn't in great shape, and having to learn a new scheme. There were some games I felt like I could have played better in. I want to have more of those big tackle games like I did [with 17] against Washington where you're kind of just blinking. Before I got hurt I would have four or five of those a year where you have 13-, 14-plus tackles. You look at stats for a guy who is a pretty good linebacker, he'll make 100 tackles.
"You make 100, you're averaging seven or eight tackles a game. If you play every down, that's a good number. Then based on how you go about your business, the extra effort, the want-to, that's when you get to nine and 10 a game. If you hit that number, now you're the best in the league. It's amazing that the margin is just one or two plays."
While Beason sets his sights on getting the tackles record, he has another goal in mind; getting back onto the field for the team's opener on September 8 against the Detroit Lions on Monday Night Football, which as of right now, looks like Beason will be back in time for and he'll be able to look towards breaking Beason's record that has stood for 11 years.
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