New York Giants LB Michael Boley started the first three games with an interception in each contest, and hasn’t caught an interception since. However, he is a linebacker. His job isn’t to catch interceptions. His job is to run down offensive players and make tackles. It appears the Giants probably have lost faith in him doing that as well.
Boley only played in 21 snaps this past Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens. LB Chase Blackburn, LB Spencer Paysinger, LB Keith Rivers, LB Mark Herzlich and LB Jacquain Williams all played in more snaps than Boley in that game. Does this mean the Giants do not want him anymore?
This may be the case, as the Giants have played terrible in the second half, losing control of the NFC East and having their playoff hopes hang in the balance at the moment. Boley is under contract for another year, so it’ll be interesting to see what the Giants do with him.
The Giants stated they limited Boley’s playing time because of his health, as the middle linebacker has missed practices lately due to health issues. Boley said his health wasn’t that serious and he was able to play more if called upon. Who knows what the Giants thinking will be in the off-season, but Boley cannot feel like his job is safe.
It’ll be interesting to see what general manager Jerry Reese does with this roster. He received a lot of criticism for letting players walk, particularly TE Kevin Boss and WR Steve Smith. The Giants ended up winning a Super Bowl, endearing Reese to fans again. After a season in which they plummeted down the stretch, the moves Reese makes will be important.
Unfortunately for Boley, he may be one of the casualties this off-season.