Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 6/29/13
With training camp inching closer and closer, the New York Giants find themselves with a lot of question marks at various positions. Can Rueben Randle breakout and show he’s as good as Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks? What defensive end will step up and replace Osi Umenyiora? Can the tandem of David Wilson and Andre Brown be a lethal force? Will the Jets get any worse? Seriously, that last one does affect the Giants. Among all the questions, the trend seems to be this: Who can impress? It is apparent the Giants are looking to rebound after a disappointing season with such high expectation so impression is vital for Tom Coughlin and the coaching staff. You can say almost every needs to impress considering how last season unfolded. But one player needs to impress above all the rest and his name is, Mark Herzlich. (Photo Credit: Elsa/Getty Images North America) Yes, he isn’t a running back. Yes, he isn’t a receiver. Yes, he isn’t a defensive end. And yes, he won’t make the Jets any worse. However, Herzlich needs to impress more than any other player entering training camp because this is his one chance to lay claim to a starting position and no longer have to play second fiddle to any one. Herzlich’s story rings everyone’s heart strings. He was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer in 2009 and announced during the 2009 Boston College Eagles season that he was cancer free. Sitting out the 2009 season, Herzlich returned with a bang in the the first game of the 2010 season by recording five tackles in a victory against Weber State. Fast forward to the 2012 Super Bowl and Herzlich has confetti raining down on him and his teammates as they celebrate their victory against the New England Patriots. He now is cancer free and is a Super Bowl champion. What else could Herzlich ask for? How about be the starting middle linebacker for the New York Giants? True to the ideals of Boston College, Herzlich wants to be the man, the leader on and off the field. He has waited for this opportunity and now is his time to impress to attain a role he can flourish in and display his talent. Herzlich’s fate is in his hands and more than any one else on the team, he has the most to gain and the most to lose. There is comfort for Herzlich because  he was on the first unit of defense during mini-camp and OTAs and the coaches were liking what Herzlich was doing. Now, he must continue to show his talent, leadership, and remain consistent and the starting job will surely be his. They say ‘dress to impress’ to get the job you want. Herzlich must play to impress to get the job he deserves.

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