New York Giants’ LB Jacquian Williams in going into his third season in the NFL, drafted out of South Florida in the sixth round of the 2011 NFL Draft. Not expected to contribute right away, Williams still racked up 78 tackles in his rookie season, and forced the fumble on San Francisco 49ers’ WR Kyle Williams that helped the Giants reach Super Bowl XLVI.
Williams was limited by injuries last season, but he’s coming into the season believing he is a starter and belongs on the field for all three downs. However, the Giants have Williams playing primarily with the second unit, instead choosing to go with LB Keith Rivers and LB Spencer Paysinger with the first team.
The Giants also have LB Mark Herzlich working with the starting unit, so it’s not the best assembly of linebackers. The Giants still have LB Dan Connor and LB Aaron Curry to go along with Williams to compete for starting positions. This is a weak unit for the Giants, as they didn’t do much in the offseason to improve it.
The Giants are probably purposely keeping Williams with the second unit to bring an edge or burning desire out of him. However, it’ll also be good for the team to look at all of their linebackers with the first team unit. The competition is close because the talent is average at this point.
Williams is now the most versatile and athletic linebacker on the team. If he doesn’t win a starting position, it would mean Williams had a terrible training camp to not prove himself over the others.