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Herzlich confident he can start at middle linebacker for the Giants

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When Mark Herzlich signed with the Giants as an undrafted rookie in 2011, just making the team was viewed as a big achievement for a player whose college career had been derailed by cancer. Two years later, Herzlich’s sights are set on the next step in his career.

So far Herzlich has primarily been a backup and special teams player, but he believes he’s going to earn the starting middle linebacker job this season.

I think [a starting job is] mine to secure,” Herzlich told the New York Post. “I don’t think anyone is handing anybody anything, but I feel like if I work hard and play well, then I have a good shot at hopefully making a difference for the team.”

Herzlich worked with the first-string defense at minicamp, and he said that was a big step toward getting the job in the regular season.

“It not only built my confidence in my communication skills getting together with the ones,” he said, “but built confidence among the other guys playing with the ones that I can lead the defense and be vocal and get everybody lined up and play fast.”

Last year’s starting middle linebacker, Chase Blackburn, is now in Carolina, which leaves Herzlich competing with Dan Connor for the starting spot. Herzlich appears to be the favorite.

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15 Responses to “Herzlich confident he can start at middle linebacker for the Giants”
  1. tokyosandblaster says: Jun 22, 2013 12:11 PM

    I hope they can do SOMETHING. That defense was hilariously bad.

  2. icardfan says: Jun 22, 2013 12:22 PM

    Who isn’t hoping this guy pulls it off? I hope he has a pro bowl year!

  3. jetsjetsjetsnow says: Jun 22, 2013 12:44 PM

    Wow. Some actual football news…. Who would of thunk???

  4. dt58 says: Jun 22, 2013 12:45 PM

    Not a Giants fan but you can’t help cheering for this guy

  5. bigbluefan11 says: Jun 22, 2013 1:26 PM

    If Coughlin and Fewell felt the same way, they wouldn’t be sniffing around signing Bishop.

  6. seahawkfan4evr says: Jun 22, 2013 3:05 PM

    would be an amazing story for him to overcome all that and be a starter. heres a seattle fan rooting for you.

  7. pnut87 says: Jun 22, 2013 3:20 PM

    I hope he turns into one heck of a player. I really do. The best part about him is that he doesn’t just want the starting role. He wants to EARN the starting role. You don’t see that in a lot players anymore.

  8. juliusanonymous says: Jun 22, 2013 3:24 PM

    What a great story. Another Seahawk fan and cancer survivor rooting for ya Herzlich!!

  9. berniesboys says: Jun 22, 2013 4:31 PM

    I disagree with him.

  10. kingcarlbanks says: Jun 22, 2013 6:47 PM

    Giants d won’t get any better till Fe well moves on. We can hope he takes Kill drive with him..

  11. realskipbayless says: Jun 22, 2013 7:50 PM

    Good luck Mark I don’t even like the giants but I’m rooting for you. Its a great story.

  12. drush127 says: Jun 23, 2013 12:55 AM

    Herzlich’s story is a nice one, but there’s a reason why the Giants have interest in Desmond Bishop….

  13. nananatman says: Jun 23, 2013 9:54 AM

    Chase got another gig, good for him, smart guy, good player, loves hitting things and good hands.

  14. rdav29 says: Jun 23, 2013 10:02 AM

    Hope he wins the job

  15. Organic-boy says: Jun 23, 2013 10:48 AM

    Should have never let Chase Blackburn go to begin with. Solid team player and fan favorite.

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