Reading the transcript of Perry Fewell's remarks after Wednesday's OTA I was struck by how much the New York Giants defensive coordinator talked about the depth and versatility of the linebacking group.
Fewell's response when asked how he would envision using his linebackers gave you the idea that he really doesn't know the answer right now.
"I think it's important to see where guys fit with other guys... if we can play different combinations. That's kind of what we would like to do. That gives us an array of coverages, of pressures, of defenses that we would like to run. We'll try some different combinations that we will experiment with during the OTAs," Fewell said. "We're experimenting a little bit because with the addition of Rivers, obviously, we've gotten more athletic and we think we're a little better at linebacker now."
Here is my best guess at what the linebacker depth chart looks like right now, with Fewell having revealed that second-year player Greg Jones is being moved to the outside and Adrian Tracy will play defensive end.
Weakside (WILL) -- Michael Boley, Keith Rivers, Jacquian Williams, Spencer Paysinger
MIddle (MIKE) -- Chase Blackburn, Mark Herzlich, Jake Muasau [Rivers may eventually fit in here as well].
Strongside (SAM) -- Mathias Kiwanuka, Greg Jones, Clint Sintim [The Giants might also have the option of moving someone like Herzlich out here, but that has not been mentioned].
All 10 of these guys are not making the roster. It should be very interesting to see how this shakes out, and which combinations Fewell and head coach Tom Coughlin utlimately decide are their best ones.