Jonathan Goff collided knees with a teammate tearing his ACL Monday night, and everywhere in Big Blue Nation it felt like the tectonic plates were colliding.
Really what does this team have to do to catch a break? Before I talk about Greg Jones, let’s run down the list of major injuries.
- Bruce Johnson – torn Achilles out for the season
- Prince Amukamara – broken foot out 8 weeks, four regular season games at the least
- Terrell Thomas – torn ACL out for the season
- Brian Witherspoon – torn ACL out for the season
- Brian Jackson – torn ACL out for the season
- Clint Sintim – torn Patella tendon and ACL – out for the season
- Jonathan Goff – torn ACL out for the season
- Marvin Austin – torn pectoral muscle out for the season
- Osi Umenyiora – surgery on MCL out a month, 1-2 regular season games
Five players tore their ACL..BEFORE THE SEASON STARTED! This is really the worst plague of injuries I’ve ever seen a team go through before they’d even played a game.
Which leads me to the point of the article. After meeting and working out several veteran linebackers, the Giants did not offer any of them a deal.
This means that rookie sixth round pick Greg Jones will be starting at middle linebacker in Week 1. Oh, and backing him up is undrafted free agent rookie Mark Herzlich.
Is anyone else worried about this?
Sure, Greg Jones was impressive in camp and has a ton of upside, but is he ready to be the main man already? The Giants sure are going out on a limb so they don’t have to sign a vet to a guaranteed deal.
You see, the Giants can sign a veteran linebacker next week and his contract wouldn’t be guaranteed. I am guessing that’s the reason they haven’t signed either a linebacker or tight end in the last couple days.
Though I am expressing some doubt in Jones with the tone of this article, his teammates believe he’ll be able to get the job done. Deon Grant was very impressed.
“I’m telling you, as soon as I stepped on the field and he was in there, I was impressed. I didn’t even know his name, I didn’t know who he was. The way he was getting to the ball, the way he was hitting, the way he was controlling the defense.”
Jones got to work with the starters this week and said he feels confident in his ability.
“I can do it, I believe in myself that I can do it. I am not going to doubt myself. I have been preparing for it all this time. I know it has been a short time [with] no OTAs , but I believe in myself. I can do it.”
Alright then young blood, let’s see that confidence transfer to the field against the Redskins.