Monday, June 28, 2010
Phillip Dillard catching on for Giants
By Dan Graziano
Obviously our main concern with the New York Giants right now is the health of rookie safety Chad Jones in the aftermath of his horrific car accident Friday morning, but let's take a look at another member of the club's 2010 class this afternoon. Fourth-round pick Phillip Dillard out of Nebraska should be in the mix to start at middle linebacker. He admits to the Star-Ledger that he was a little wide-eyed at first, but he was starting to feel more comfortable during the recent mandatory minicamp.
"Really just be consistent with the checks and be consistent with my alignments and attention to detail," he said when asked about his personal goals for 2010. "Other than that, the hustle is going to be there so I’m just making sure I line up right and I get all the checks and stuff right.
"In the beginning I [lined up wrong a lot] but now I don’t line up wrong very often. It’s more assimilating with the plays on the field so when [the coaches] are like C-B-A, you know this is that, and you start getting the repetitions."
I think Dillard was an excellent find in the fourth round, but the Giants still have the uncomfortable prospect of an inexperienced player barking out signals in the middle. Does veteran Michael Boley have the type of personality where he can sort of take over when Dillard or Jonathan Goff seem a little overwhelmed? I'm not sure.
I think the Giants are going to be a lot better on defense this season, but you can't overlook the fact that they're counting on Clint Sintim and other young players to play significant roles. I don't think it will take long to find out how valuable defensive coordinator Perry Fewell is to this organization.
So what do you guys think? Are you feeling better about the linebacker situation or is it keeping you up nights?