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Devon Kennard could move to middle linebacker for Giants

New York Giants linebacker Devon Kennard #59 chases

New York Giants linebacker Devon Kennard #59 chases after a ballcarrier during training camp at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center in East Rutherford, N.J., on Sunday, Aug 2, 2015. Credit: Brad Penner

Giants linebackers coach Jim Herrmann was asked last week about the team's depth at middle linebacker. At the time, the big concern was Jameel McClain, who still wasout after suffering a bad stinger in his neck. Now, though, McClain is back and they have to play for the next few weeks without Jon Beason as their starter.

Herrmann said he thought he had a lot of options at middle linebacker if Beason wer to go down (which he in fact has). One intriguing possibility is Devon Kennard, the second-year player who looks to be blossoming on the outside.

"This past spring and even some of last year, we put him some at Mike," Herrmann said. "He has an ability, he does a great job of getting the calls out, and knowing where to play. He's a big 'backer, big man. He does a good job with that."

McClain likely will step in as he did last year (and led the team in tackles), and the Giants have first-year player Uani' Unga who is improving this preseason.

"There's a lot of different options you can go to," Herrmann said. "Normally you go into a game maybe five, maybe six backers on the 46 [gameday roster]. So everybody is going to have to play dual roles. You just have to, and each week that changes because of injuries. All the guys know how to go in there and do it. I feel confident that all those guys could take over that role. The guys that are alternates, they could do it."

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