Originally written on Pro Football Zone  |  Last updated 11/9/14

NEW ORLEANS - OCTOBER 18: Heath Evans #44 of the New Orleans Saints is tackled by Chase Blackburn #57 of the New York Giants at the Louisiana Superdome on October 18, 2009 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

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Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell confirmed the news on Friday all the while indicating Blackburn will have to work hard to guarantee the position will stay his. Says Fewell , “Chase goes back to that role. (Mark) Herzlich will have an opportunity to compete for that role. Greg Jones will have an opportunity to compete for that role. And we’re not opposed to putting Keith Rivers (the veteran outside linebacker the G-Men traded for during draft negotiations), giving him an opportunity to compete for that role. So there’s going to be competition.”

The Giants currently have a “dilemma” most teams only dream of – an overwhelming amount of talent in the linebacking corps and the multitude of potential defensive strategies that talent brings along with it. Where everyone will eventually settle in the rotation will most likely not be decided for a while now but as of today it does appear that Chase Blackburn is the “two-down Mike” in the middle with Michael Boley and Mathias Kiwanuka (Fewell has confirmed he is going to remain a linebacker and not become a defensive end) on the outside. Only time will tell where everyone else will end up but it is certain they will all have to fight for a role in the New York Giants defense.  “I sense that we’re going to put it up for grabs”, Fewell said. “Whoever can take the bull by the horns and lead us will have the opportunity to step and play.”


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