2. LB Darrian Beavers
Similar to Johnson, linebacker Darrian Beavers saw his 2022 season end before it could even get started. In a preseason game, Beavers went down with a torn ACL – it was really heartbreaking to see for the former Cincinnati standout. In his limited action in the preseason, the 6-4, 255-pounder impressed a lot of people.
A sixth-round pick in last spring’s NFL Draft, Beavers was hoping to not only make a name for himself during Year 1, but also see significant playing time for Daboll and defensive coordinator Wink Martindale. Again, things didn’t go according to plan for Beavers, but there’s optimism that he’ll be able to do big things in 2023.
We don’t have to tell you that the linebacker play was a nightmare for this team last campaign. This offseason, though, general manager Joe Schoen made a big splash by signing Bobby Okereke to a $40 million deal. Some more LB help will surely be on the way in late April’s draft too, as no more Jaylon Smith or Tae Crowder games will be an option for NY.
Folks are excited to see which other LBs will make their way to East Rutherford later this year, but Beavers will be a player to watch one camp rolls around as well. He’s motivated to bounce back and be a key contributor for this defense. He has all the tools to be a solid ‘backer for the G-Men next fall.