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Jameel McClain will return to outside linebacker

Giants linebacker Jameel McClain speaks to the press

Giants linebacker Jameel McClain speaks to the press in the locker room during the first day of minicamp on Tuesday, June 17, 2014. Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

Jameel McClain was the Giants' starting middle linebacker throughout the preseason. Now that Jon Beason has returned to that role, however, McClain is moving to the outside. The Giants want him to play a big role on the defense, though.

"He's ready to go and he will be one of our players," coordinator Perry Fewell said Friday. "He will be one of the main callers in our defense. We will have packages for him and obviously in the base, we will have packages."

McClain played on the outside for most of his career with the Ravens before joining the Giants in the offseason. He'll be playing there without having spent any time at the position during the summer. He'll also compete for snaps with Jacquian Williams and Devon Kennard, who have been on the outside since they reported for camp.

"We've planned with the end in mind, so we'll be OK from that standpoint," Fewell said.

As for McClain, he said he barely notices the change. "Linebacker is linebacker," he said. "Football is football to me. Everybody else makes it complicated."

Coughlin still excited

Tom Coughlin will be on the sideline as a head coach for his 19th opening game Monday night, and the 68-year-old said he still gets a charge from it.

"The day you don't get excited about the beginning of the regular season, you better do something else," he said. "It's always been an exciting, very, very exciting [week] . . . The way the fans and the nation grasp the start of the regular season is really good, it's really exciting. It's inspirational to us that are involved."

Giant steps

Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring), tackle James Brewer (back) and defensive tackle Markus Kuhn (ankle) are out. Beason (foot), guard Brandon Mosley (back) and tackle Charles Brown (shoulder) are probable . . . The Giants have opened on Monday Night Football seven times since 1970 and are 4-3. They last did it Sept. 10, 2001, in Denver, a 31-20 loss.

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