The Giants know what they have in linebacker Chase Blackburn. He's a capable backup who can get you through a game or two if someone's hurt. But the Giants need a middle linebacker who can get them through the final five games of the regular season and possibly the playoffs now that Antonio Pierce is out for the season with a neck injury.
GoffAnd it looks like they'll turn to former fifth-round pick Jonathan Goff on Sunday against the Cowboys. Goff's been a solid special-teams player and he brings more athleticism to the position than Blackburn. It looks like veteran Michael Boley will continue to call out the plays in the huddle -- as he did against the Broncos on Thanksgiving.
“I’ve been working hard all season. I’ve been following along, studying just as much as the other guys,” Goff told reporters Wednesday. “I’m ready for whenever an opportunity may come along. I’d be ready to accept it.”
They don't want to talk about it publicly, but it's pretty obvious that the Giants are in the process of trying to find out whether Pierce's permanent replacement is currently on the roster. If Goff plays well the next few weeks, he could be the odds-on favorite to take over the middle linebacker spot. Pierce has been a tremendous leader for this team, but the Giants will likely have to move on without him.