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Giants’ B.J. Goodson brings some fire to the ‘Mike’ position

Giants linebacker B.J. Goodson signals to the defense during

Giants linebacker B.J. Goodson signals to the defense during training camp at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center in East Rutherford, NJ, on Aug 14, 2016. Credit: Brad Penner

B.J. Goodson doesn’t take guff from anyone. Anyone.

The second-year Giants linebacker who is projected to be the starter in the middle, call the huddles and make the checks after playing only 14 defensive snaps a year ago, showed that trait to defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo this week.

“Believe it or not, the other day, I said something to him maybe a little harsh,” Spagnuolo said of a criticism he made. “He responded just as harsh. I like that in a ‘Mike’ linebacker.”

It reminded Spagnuolo of run-ins he used to have with Antonio Pierce when Pierce was Spags’ brain on the field. Pierce is now a member of the Giants’ coaching staff.

“Antonio and I were talking about it, and there weren’t many moments like that with AP and I, but I like that when there’s a little fire in the ‘Mike’ linebacker,” Spagnuolo said. “He’s embraced the whole thing, being a linebacker and taking command. I love the look in his eye.”

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