Excerpt: "Question 13: How many linebackers will the Giants keep on the final 53-man roster?
SCHMEELK: The Giants will keep five linebackers, and all will be able to contribute at all three linebacker positions and on special teams. The Giants teach their players all the position spots and all the linebackers on the roster can play inside and outside. Linebackers are also essential to special teams play, and the Giants backers on the roster will be no different.
SALOMONE: Iím going with six. This could fluctuate depending on health, but thatís the number they went with last season when they kept Jon Beason, Jameel McClain, Jacquian Williams, Devon Kennard, Spencer Paysinger and Mark Herzlich. After parting with Williams and Paysinger this offseason, the Giants added J.T. Thomas and Jonathan Casillas to bolster those spots both defensively and on special teams.
MEDOW: Thereís no trend here given that the number of linebackers the Giants have kept over the last few seasons has fluctuated. Last season, they kept six. In 2013, it was five, and in 2012 and 2011, the total was seven. Iím going with six. Three starters and three reserves should be sufficient considering Devon Kennard, Jameel McClain and J.T. Thomas can play multiple positons. Plus, who knows how many downs Steve Spagnuolo is going to use three linebackers. The league has changed a lot since his first stint as defensive coordinator and if the Giants are going to rely on an extra corner or safety more often than not, keeping an extra linebacker on the roster may be a luxury they can survive without." Read more...