Former Carolina LB Beason a good fit at NY

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Perhaps the move back to middle linebacker is what Jon Beason needed.

In his first game for the New York Giants on Thursday night, the former Carolina Panthers weakside linebacker led the team in tackles with 12 and was in for 63 plays.

The tackles were two more than Beason had in three games combined at Carolina this season and the number of plays were one more.

Carolina coach Ron Rivera, who watched part of the 27-21 loss to the Chicago Bears, said it appears the move to middle linebacker is "a good fit."

"Yes, he played well,'' Rivera said on Friday. "Very happy to see him play as well. He's on his way back to where he needs to be."

Beason was a three-time Pro Bowler at middle linebacker at Carolina for four-plus seasons before a left Achilles injury sidelined early in 2011. He was moved to weakside linebacker when he returned in 2012 with Luke Kuechly, the NFL's Defensive Rookie of the Year, taking over the middle.

Beason struggled to start this season after undergoing offseason microfracture knee surgery. He was replaced by Chase Blackburn in the third game and was traded by request to the Giants before the fourth.

The Giants, now 0-6, were in desperate need of help on defense. So it was a good fit for everyone involved.