Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 5/25/13
The New York Giants starting middle linebacker position looks to be up for grabs this offseason, with head coach Tom Coughlin calling it a "wide open competition." When OTAs began on Wednesday, Mark Herzlich started at the position over former Cowboy Dan Connor, and reclamation project Aaron Curry. “It’s a big opportunity for me to step up, to play like I know I can play, and really lead the defense,” Herzlich said, via The New York Post. “I knew my opportunity would come at some point and hopefully this year’s that time.” Herzlich and Connor, as it turns out, were high school rivals back in Pennsylvania, who played for schools only about 15 minutes apart. Herzlich claims that Connor introduced him to varsity football by running him over. “I went to make a tackle and he put me right on my back,” he joked. The odd man out at the position may be Aaron Curry, the former Seattle Seahawks draft bust who's looking to reclaim a career filled with disappointment sicne being drafted 4th overall in 2009. “I’m willing to do whatever it takes that’s going to help the Giants be successful,” Curry said. “Now I’m more about finding a way to put out a lot of effort, a lot of energy, and cause havoc.”
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