In case you are just waking up and missed the news, the New York Giants might have a new linebacker later Friday. The Giants have acquired linebacker Jon Beason from the Carolina Panthers, pending the oft-injured Beason's ability to pass a physical later today. We will keep you posted if we hear anything about the physical, and we will try to get some further info on Beason from the folks at SB Nation's Panthers web site, Cat Scratch Reader.
Now for some of the other stories making headlines around the Giants this morning.
Cullen Jenkins hoping to play Sunday
Defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins is dealing with achilles and knee injuries and has not practiced this week. He said Thursday "there's still hope" he will play Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles, the team he played for last season.
Jenkins expressed confident that if he, Linval Joseph (ankle/knee) or Shaun Rogers (back) can't play that second-round pick Johnathan Hankins will be able to step in. Hankins has been inactive for all four games thus far.
"Hankins has been ready. He's been sitting back patiently waiting his turn," Jenkins said. "He's a heck of a player, he'll get out there and he'll do well regardless of the situation. So we have all the confidence in the world in him."
Giants' Paysinger knows Kelly's offense
Giants' linebacker Spencer Paysinger practiced against Chip Kelly's offense every day when he attended Oregon. He says he never had any doubt Kelly's fast-faced read-option style offense could be effective in the NFL.
"I was at Oregon, I was on his side back then so I was thinking that if it could work there, it would work in the big leagues," Paysinger said. "Obviously this is his first year here, so he's not playing with all of the pieces he probably wants to play with. You've got to give him a couple years to get his personnel, get his players in. But for right now, I think he's done a pretty good job of playing to the players' strengths on this team."
Paysinger said discipline on defense will be a key to slowing the Eagles, second in the league in yards per game at 458.8.
"You've got to have players that have set rules. You don't want to have to think too much against this type of offense because that's what they're banking on, you thinking too much, getting a half-man out of the gap and they can pop a good run," Paysinger said. "I'll be interested to see, once I'm on the field, if I hear any calls or stuff that kind of bring back some memories."
David Wilson ready for bigger role
With backup running back Da'Rel Scott having been waived, David Wilson expects that he will be asked to carry a bigger role in the Giants' offense.
"The main thing is to be consistent and not be consistently bad, but be consistently good and do the positive things to help move the ball down the field and give our defense a break and score points. That's how you win games," Wilson said.
Around the Inter-Google
Steve Serby of the New York Post says disappointing play from first-round picks Jason Pierre-Paul, Hakeem Nicks and David Wilson is part of the reason for the Giants' 0-4 start. He has a good point.
Eagles' Riley Cooper, teammates moving on after slur.
Michael Eisen and Carl Banks break down the Eagles.
Offensive lineman Jason Smith, the second overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, reportedly visited with the Giants recently.
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