New York Giants linebacker Jon Beason took Sunday’s game against the Washington Redskins as an opportunity to show exactly the kind of impact he is capable of. The seven-year veteran recorded 17 total tackles in the win, 13 of which were solos.
Since the Giants acquired Beason from the Carolina Panthers mid-season he has been an absolute godsend. Beason has helped resurrect a struggling linebacker corps that was composed of Mark Herzlich, Keith Rivers and Jacquian Williams. It was previously a unit that showed little signs of life, failing in the pursuit of opposing running backs and quarterbacks, and also creating gaping holes in New York’s coverage schemes.
In just seven games with the Giants, Beason is already New York’s third-leading tackler. He is 12 tackles behind first-ranked Antrel Rolle, and he has a great chance of passing him by the end of the season.
Beason was drafted by the Panthers in the first round back in 2007. He was a Pro Bowler for three straight seasons (2008-2010) and cemented himself as one of the NFL‘s top linebackers. However, Beason missed the 2011 season due to an Achilles injury. He then lost his starting spot the next season to Luke Kuechly and even lost his spot this season to, ironically enough, Chase Blackburn.
New York Giants general manager Jerry Reese hasn’t been big on forking over a lot of money to the linebacker position in recent years. However, he may need to change his ways in the offseason. Players and coaches have raved about Beason’s leadership skills on and off the field. It’s time for the Giants to boost the talent along their linebacker corps and make Beason a long-term commodity.