Jacquian recovering from PCL injury

May, 22, 2013
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Giants opened their first OTA practice with Keith Rivers, Mark Herzlich and Spencer Paysinger as the starting linebackers.

Jacquian Williams is expected to start, but he only participated in individual drills as he continues to take it easy with a PCL knee injury that slowed him down and forced him out of six games last year.

"Just kind of taking my time with it," Williams said. "It is a day to day thing. It is getting better. Definitely better than it was. That’s all."

With Williams watching, the Giants lined up Aaron Curry, Dan Connor and Etienne Sabino with the second team. The linebackers unit is going to be the most competitive unit in training camp. Herzlich, Connor and perhaps Curry could compete for the middle linebacker spot. If healthy, Williams and Rivers could start on the outside. Curry could also factor in as a SAM linebacker as well.

Mathias Kiwanuka, who could still see some snaps at linebacker, is expected to play mostly at defensive end with Osi Umenyiora gone.

"There’s plenty of opportunities," Coughlin said of competition at linebacker. "Everybody has got an opportunity. There is nothing in concrete there and as a matter of fact I speak about that all the time. I think it is a great opportunity."

For Williams, this could be a big season if he can stay healthy. Williams has the speed to be able to play all three downs for the Giants, who often like to use three safeties on passing downs.

"Right now my focus is just on getting back out there," Williams said. "We had some guys that got released, so older guys have an opportunity to step up. I just take it day by day and see how it goes when I am out there."

So, tell me what you think of the linebackers situation and Herzlich getting the nod at MLB.
Ohm Youngmisuk has covered the Giants, Jets and the NFL since 2006. Prior to that, he covered the Nets, Knicks and the NBA for nearly a decade. He joined ESPNNewYork.com after working at the New York Daily News for almost 12 years and is a graduate of Michigan State University.
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