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Fewell's 1st-half surprise: Jonathan Goff

And Perry Fewell's award for the first-half's most pleasant surprise goes to ... ?

"Probably Jonathan Goff, our middle linebacker," Fewell, the Giants' first-year defensive coordinator, said. "No one outside of our walls knew who our MLB was going to be, who our leader was going to be in the middle. We had lost Antonio Pierce and that was a position that was kind of up in the air and Jonathan just stepped in.

"He's done a tremendous job as far as commanding the defense. I can give him a complicated check system within our defense and he's able to execute that and get us into the right calls, so he really has been the guy that we look to and say, 'Hey that's our guy.'"

In eight games this season, the 24-year-old Goff has registered 37 tackles (26 solo) and 0.5 sacks.