Thursday, October 24, 2013
Jon Beason wants to be a Giant for life
By Kieran Darcy
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Jon Beason has been a New York Giant for just three weeks. But he hopes to be one for a long, long time.
"I don't plan on going anywhere. Ever," Beason said, when asked Thursday about his future.
You can't blame Beason for being a happy man. He'd lost his starting job with the Carolina Panthers prior to being traded for a late-round draft choice on Oct. 4. He's now starting at middle linebacker, and led the Giants in tackles the past two weeks.
Giants linebacker Jon Beason tallied 21 tackles over the past two games.
Beason said New York City has "been real cool," and called his new teammates a "great group of guys." He's playing with Antrel Rolle, one of his best friends, dating to their days together at the University of Miami.
But it goes even deeper than that.
"It's a big stage, man," Beason said. "Everybody knows about the Giants. You're (playing) in prime time all the time. The media coverage is No. 1. When you do well, things get magnified. And when you do bad, things are equally the same.
"Great players like that, they like that pressure. And that’s what being a Giant is. You’re supposed to uphold a certain level of performance."
Beason has certainly lived up to the Giants' expectations thus far. Justin Tuck called Beason "a godsend" after the team's win against the Minnesota Vikings on Monday.
Defensive coordinator Perry Fewell said Thursday that Beason has already become a leader on his unit.
"He's got a nice voice," Fewell said. "And when I say voice -- he has good command. I've talked to you guys in the past about a "Mike" backer being able to command that front -- being able to make them get down, put their hand in the dirt, listen to the call. And when he commands them, they know that he's giving the right command.
"He's a very smart football player. He can visualize plays, when you talk to him he understands concepts. So I think that's a nice addition to have."
In-season trades are relatively rare in the NFL -- the Giants hadn't made one since 1986. And it can be tricky joining a new team midseason, especially a veteran team like this one.
Beason has made the transition look easy.
"I think being a leader, you go out and first you gotta lead by example," Beason said. "You come early, you stay late, and you do your job. And then how you go about your business, I think people will respect that. If people are saying I'm leading, it's just because I'm just trying to do things the right way, that's it."
Injuries helped derail Beason's once-promising career in Carolina. But the three-time Pro Bowler seems rejuvenated by the change in scenery.
If he can continue to help turn around the Giants' defense, the 28-year-old could have a job here for many years to come.