Giants hold onto Mark Herzlich

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Linebacker Mark Herzlich will be back for a seventh season with the Giants.

The team announced that Herzlich re-signed with the team on Monday. Herzlich joined the Giants as an undrafted free agent in 2011, although he likely would have been drafted had his college career at Boston College not been interrupted by a 2009 cancer diagnosis.

Herzlich returned to action in 2010 and has spent his Giants career as a core member of their special teams units. He has had a few runs on defense over the years, but only played 14 defensive snaps last season while playing on over 87 percent of the special teams snaps.

That will likely be his spot on the team if he makes to the 53-man roster again this year, although Kelvin Sheppard and Keenan Robinson remain unsigned so there are likely more developments to come at linebacker this offseason.

5 responses to “Giants hold onto Mark Herzlich

  1. Core ST players are easily discounted by the ignorant outside of a given team’s fanbase but they are often fan faves inside of it. Herzlich is one of those guys.

  2. As everyone said, ST guy through and through. But he’s also good in their locker room, and a lot of people discount that. Your locker room has got to be strong enough to withstand any new guys who might have baggage coming through (every team’s got ’em at some point) or rookies who need to get acclimated. How do you build a good locker room? You sign vets one by one that you can trust and will help on the field in some role. Doesn’t have to be splashy, and if the guy is a team player who’s been your ST leader for years, it’s an easy positive from your perspective.

    Hopefully for NYG they draft a MLB though. Herzlich shouldn’t start full time.

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