Mark Herzlich is close enough to the New York Giants' starting middle linebacker job that he can taste it. He talked Tuesday about the opportunity.
"It’s been 25 years in the making. It’s been my dream my whole life to be a starting linebacker in the NFL and tasting it here and there my first season and second season, gets you really excited for this opportunity. When we come into the sport, all we really want is an opportunity and when we get that opportunity to make the most of it. It’s a lot of learning, a lot of physical play and that’s what I try to move for and get better every day."
Cornerback Corey Webster gave a lengthy interview to many members of the media on Tuesday. We will have a full report on Webster eventually, but for now here is a snippet.
"You fall to one of the worst defenses in the league, yes, we want to be the top five or even the best defense in the league, so we’re coming out here with those motivating factors for us to get better. ... Defense wins championships, offense wins games and sells tickets. So understanding that, we want to win championships so we have to be the best defense that we can possibly be."
Cornerback Aaron Ross has been lining up as the first-team slot corner, and had interceptions on Monday and Tuesday. Ross, who spent last season with the Jacksonville Jaguars after beginning his career with the Giants, was asked what is being done to eliminate the high number of big plays the secondary surrendered a season ago.
"I think the coaches are doing a great job. They're breaking down the defense so everybody can understand what's going on. All the corners will know exactly what the safeties are doing; all the safeties will know exactly what the corners are doing. We can all be on one accord. I think that's the biggest way that we can eliminate the mistakes in the back."
Recuperating fullback Henry Hynoski said Tuesday he isn't hesitant to help Ryan D'Imperio, the fullback the Giants recently signed as a potential fill-in while Hynoski remains on the PUP list.
"He's a great kid, nice guy and it's my job, as a veteran player, to help new guys that they bring in. It doesn't matter, regardless of the position, it's my job. I feel like I'm a leader now on this team, been with these guys for a few years now so it's what I have to do." [More on Hynoski]
[NOTE: A reminder that the Giants are off today. They resume practice on Thursday.]
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