Friday, October 4, 2013
Big Blue Morning: Can Jon Beason help?
By Dan Graziano ESPN.com
Your daily morning check-in for news and notes related to the New York Giants.
The news of the day: Reports late Thursday night indicated the Giants are close to acquiring linebacker Jon Beason from the Carolina Panthers for a late-round draft choice. Certainly a big name, and the kind of splashy move for which the fans have been calling. And given the state of the Giants' linebacker corps, a player as accomplished as Beason is worth taking a chance on.
Jon Beason was selected to three straight Pro Bowls (2008-10) before injuries took a toll on his career.
He has not been a very good player, however, for the Panthers this year and was (somewhat ironically) losing practice snaps to former Giants linebacker Chase Blackburn in recent days. Injuries limited Beason to five games total over the past two years, and he's been struggling with a surgically repaired knee. So what I'm saying is, don't anticipate instant help.
The Giants will need to make a move to clear a roster spot if Beason passes his physical and the deal does go through. They also will need a roster spot for safety Will Hill if they decide to active him from the suspended list, as expected. Right guard Chris Snee is a candidate for injured reserve. The Giants also could cut a disappointing linebacker, such as Keith Rivers, to make room for Beason. The deal also would require some sort of salary-cap move from the Giants, as they don't have the room to pay the active-roster incentives in Beason's contract unless they restructure it.
Behind enemy lines: The numbers say Michael Vick is holding the ball too long. Vick says that anyone who says he's holding the ball too long needs to go watch the film. So what Vick is saying, I think, is that the numbers need to go watch the film. Why go after the numbers, Mike? They're just numbers. They can't watch film.
Around the division: The Cowboys aren't scared of Peyton Manning and the Broncos, and I can totally respect that, even though I really do think they should be. A lot of people are 100 percent certain the Broncos will win in Dallas on Sunday and that the winner of the Giants-Eagles game will be either tied for first place or one game back. I don't know. Call me crazy. I have a hunch this could be Denver's first loss.
Around the league: Texans safety Ed Reed, discussing the revelations in the book "League of Denial" by ESPN investigative reporters Mark Fainaru-Wada and Steve Fainaru, says the NFL is "shady." On next week's show, Ed will learn that grass is green and water is wet.