T-Rock's Take on the Giants

Was Chase Blackburn's insight the difference on Sunday?

Chase Blackburn reacts after sacking Green Bay Packers

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There is speculation that linebacker Chase Blackburn was an integral part of the Panthers’ 38-0 win over his former team by providing detailed notes and tips on facing the Giants. Mathias Kiwanuka gave that theory some credence, but ultimately said it was not Blackburn who beat the Giants.

“That definitely contributed,” Kiwanuka said on ESPN Radio in New York. “I have to give Chase a lot of...

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Lots of connections between middle linebackers on Giants, Panthers

Mark Herzlich lines up during the first quarter

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It’ll be a middle linebacker reunion in Carolina this weekend when Mark Herzlich gets to see the player he mentored in college and the player who mentored him in the NFL.

Herzlich was a few years ahead of Panthers emerging star Luke Kuechly when they were teammates at Boston College and they remain close friends. Kuechly’s backup in Carolina is Chase Blackburn, the player Herzlich played behind...

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Chase Blackburn, Domenik Hixon prepping to face old team

Domenik Hixon looks on during a game against

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Domenik Hixon usually studies his upcoming opponents by watching film and jotting down notes. This week, he said, it’s strange because the names he is writing down are so familiar.

“Writing down my friends’ names who I played with has been a little different,” Hixon said. “But knowing those guys and playing with them for so long, I know what I’m going to get.”

Hixon is just one former...

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Hixon and Blackburn barely playing in Carolina

Chase Blackburn celebrates during a game against the

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So, what’s up with our old friends in Carolina?

Former Giants Chase Blackburn and Domenik Hixon both signed with the Panthers this offseason, but so far neither is making much of an impact. Blackburn has yet to play a down on defense and while he has been seeing the field on special teams quite a bit he’s come up with just one tackle in two games. Hixon, meanwhile, did not play in the opener...

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