5 Things You Should Know About The New York Giants’ Linebackers

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Oct 19, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray (29) runs with the ball against the New York Giants defense at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports /

The New York Giants linebackers are one of the weaker groups on the team, but crucial to the team’s success in 2016.

As the July 28th start date of training camp quickly approaches, plenty of question marks still loom around the defense, particularly the linebacker core.

What started as a group of J.T Thomas on the weak side, Jon Beason in the middle, and Devon Kennard on the strong side, deteriorated into a cast of many faces after a plague of injuries landed all three starters on the injured reserve list in 2015. Among these backups included Jonathan Casillas, Jasper Brinkley, Mark Herzlich, and Uani’ Unga.

There is no denying that injuries, lack of depth and overall talent at these positions were factors to the downfall of the defense. In fact, over at NFL.com, Chris Wesseling named the Giants’ linebackers as the worst in the NFL.

Considering the 2015 injury bug and inconsistent play, we won’t know a lot until training camp begins and the pads go on. Who will be the starters? Who will get cut?

Here’s what we do know, however.

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