New Additions Powering Resurgent Giants

Mid-season acquisitions aren’t supposed to matter in the NFL, but this year’s Giants are proving to be the exception to that rule. In the four games that Jon Beason has played in since being traded to the Giants, the team is 3-1 after having not won a game until that point. Of course, it’s been more than just Beason that’s fueled the Giants turnaround, as an improved defense around him has been a huge factor.

Early in the year, the rush defense was one of the few bright spots for the Giants. They have only allowed one 100-yard rusher (DeAngelo Williams in Week 3) in all of 2013 – including the six-game losing streak to start the year. When the team was losing, however, it was hard to tell whether that was due to good defense or to an awful secondary, which allowed over 250 yards passing to four of its first five opponents. But now, with Beason added and youngster Trumaine McBride playing well in the absence of Corey Webster and Aaron Ross, the Giants have held opponents to under 200 yards passing three weeks in a row. The end result is that a defense that gave up over 30 points in their first five games of the season has now allowed only 34 in their past three games combined.

In Week 10, the Giants saw another new player take over a big role, and that was running back Andre Brown. Returning from a broken leg he suffered in the preseason, Brown paced a Giants offense to the tune of 115 yards and a touchdown against the Raiders. For players and fans who had watched a revolving door of running backs struggle in the Giants’ backfield so far this year, Brown was a welcome addition. And if he can provide the jolt to the offense that Beason has for the defense, he may be exactly what they need.

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  • ahrcshaw

    As a Panther fan you guys in NY land got a steal with Jon Beason. He is known as the beast in Carolina. His knee injury slowed him down the first of this year at Carolina as well as him being moved to Out side LB from always being the mike. I was blasted off my rocker when I learned of his trade. None the less you guys have a great team player and he will become a beast again. Go Panthers.

    • Ricky Zimmerman

      We obviously need him a lot more than you guys do. The Panthers’ D has been incredible, and MLB has been a weakness for the Giants since Antonio Pierce retired (and even before that, really). Beason’s been a revelation so far.

      • Adam Ganeles

        He’s had difficulty fighting off blocks in recent weeks.. but it’s hard to argue with W’s.

        • ahrcshaw

          He will get better the more he plays, he was inactive for the Panthers for almost 2 years due to his knee injury. They drilled holes in this knee to allow scar tissue to build up as a buffer and he was activated this fall. Jon did not play in any pre-season games but started the regular season. I think it will probably take this year to get him totally back to his normal play.

          Looks like we are trading LB’s we have Blackburn, and Connor and you have Beason. We are in better shape however as we have 3 good up and coming young guys.

          I hope your Giants keep winning, as long as it is not against the Panthers. Go Panthers.

      • ahrcshaw

        I’ll be watching him.