Giants' Blackburn is up to the task

The Giants certainly miss middle linebacker Antonio Pierce, but it's not like his replacement, Chase Blackburn, is a huge drop-off. Here's what defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka said about Blackburn on Tuesday:

“He’s probably one of the most underrated players in the league,” Kiwanuka said. “Yeah, obviously we miss having Antonio out there. He’s a great leader and a big part of this team. But Chase Blackburn studies. He knows every position on the field. He probably knows every special-teams position as well. We have full confidence in him.”