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Eric from BBI : Admin : 8/23/2015 7:01 pm
LB Jon Beason

Conference Call, August 23, 2015

Q: How are you feeling and when exactly did this [knee] sprain happen?

A: Iím feeling okay. It happened when I banged my knee actually on the pass breakup in the end zone. I fell awkwardly on my knee and initially didnít feel anything, and then a few plays after, it just felt a little unstable. I was able to finish the series, and then I had the doctors look at itó they were uncertain, but it didnít feel stable, so we went in and got a picture today and it is a knee sprain, but itís minor. Nothing too concerning in my book.

Q: In your mind, is the regular season opener still happening in your time frame?

A: Yeah. For sure. The thing thatís most frustrating is the reps in a new systemó getting comfortable and getting my feet back under me. I felt like I was just starting to come into a zone where I felt comfortable in this scheme in terms of getting everybody lined up and trying to do my job at a high level and being active. But the other thing about it is that Iíve been down this road before and I know how to prepare without necessarily being on the field.

Q: The season opener is three weeks from today. You said ďyeah, maybeĒ or ďfor sure.Ē Do you think thatís realistic in three weeks to be on the field?

A: Yeah, I totally believe that I can and I have my mind made up. Iíll do everything I can humanly possible to make sure that that happens. And I donít want just straight on SundayóI want to get back in time for preparation for that [Dallas] game.

Q: If you have to be shut down for the rest of the preseason, do you feel that youíve had enough opportunity in this defense to feel comfortable to run it week one?

A: Yeah. With the new CBA, I think they take a lot off of us from a physical standpoint in terms of two-a-days and what not, but mentally, we meet more than we ever did. We walk through more than we ever did. And those reps are so valuable to meó itís what I truly love to do. I just want to see it, and then when I do make mistakes, Iím one of those guys where if I ever mess something up, believe that I wonít do it again. So you have to kind of see it and make the mistake and learn from it, so for me I look forward to continue to take that step and I put more emphasis on watching film, meeting with my coaches, and still doing some walk through stuff thatís not so physically demanding where I can recover but at the same time keep my mind sharp.

Q: Have you ever had an injury like this before? Is it similar to any other experience so that you sort of know what you need to do?

A: Yeah. You know, knee sprains are weird just because you got a lot going on. All the ligaments and cartilage and everything kind of works together, and when something is agitated, the first thing you do is get it to calm down and get the inflammation outó that makes it feel a lot betteró and then just keeping your strength. So ways of working your lower body without loading the joints so that the inflammation can come down but you can stay strong. Thatís the most important part, so weíll start now. Like I said, is it a setback? Yeah, for sure, because I could be practicing. I could be playing in these games to come, but at the same time when you know that itís non-operable and itís just a matter of using the modality and using our training staff and whatever I have to do to get something better fastÖ

Q: Do you have to do anything like shut it down for a couple of days? Put it in a brace or anything? Or is the plan just to sort of get into rehab right away?

A: Yeah, rehab is going to start right now, but I would assume that theyíre going to take some of the load off me right away just to see if we canít get it to calm down as fast as possible, and then you start to build back up. Thatís usually the protocol with any injury.

Q: With all the injuries youíve had at safety, and you, and some of the offensive linemenó are you beginning to think that you guys are snake-bit with these injuries?

A: Thatís the funny partó people may say, ďHey, Beason has been accident prone the latter part of his career,Ē but at the end of the day, this game is unforgiving. And itís toughó itís physically demandingó you know anytime you increase the number of guys, youíre going to have more injuries, so you go from 53 to 90 in the offseason and youíre going to have more injuries, soÖ For us, itís unfortunate when starters and guys who you assume are going to be a big part of the equation for the season get hurt. But you know, thatís a part of the gig, so weíve had some really bad injuries and knock on wood but weíve had injuries that are just setbacks for guys that are probably going to come back and be fine. You just keep your fingers crossed, but it is the nature of the beast and itís like gamblingó you just donít know whatís going to happen. Day to day, anything can happen, so hopefully the injuries for us slow down, because theyíve been coming fast and furious over the past couple weeks.

Q: What did you think of the first team defenseís performance yesterday? You let up 9 points, but at the same time all three drives for the first team defense with you out there were scoring drives. How did you sort of view it and what do you take from that?

A: Well, we go back and watch the film and you look at critical third downs that we shouldíve gotten off the field. Not third downs that we were out-schemed, or there was a lack of effort, or just getting beató it was more so a lack of execution. We have a certain leverage, we have a technique, we have a job to do on every play, and a lot of times when guys donít do that they get yardage and then the drives continue. So, that was the big emphasis for usó we had them here on third and nine, we had them on third and short, you know we had opportunities throughout these series where we couldíve got off the field and we failed to do that. Thatís on us, and anytime itís on us that means it can be corrected. So thatís the thing that weíre hanging our hat on. We shouldíve gotten off here, we had opportunities to hold them to no points in the first half as opposed to the three field goals that they did have.

He's been injured  
Andy in Boston : 8/23/2015 7:16 pm : link
So much, he sounds like a doctor when talking about it.
yet another  
MookGiants : 8/23/2015 7:25 pm : link
freak injury. Guy just has the worst luck in the world, imagine if he were injury prone on top of it?
what Mook said:  
ColHowPepper : 8/23/2015 7:38 pm : link
"It happened when I banged my knee actually on the pass breakup in the end zone. I fell awkwardly on my knee and initially didnít feel anything, and then a few plays after, it just felt a little unstable..., so we went in and got a picture today and it is a knee sprain, but itís minor. Nothing too concerning in my book."

Beason is brittle, no other word for it.
RE: He's been injured  
mattlawson : 8/23/2015 7:42 pm : link
In comment 12432046 Andy in Boston said:
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So much, he sounds like a doctor when talking about it.


LOL
He won't make it beyond week 4,  
giantgiantfan : 8/23/2015 8:22 pm : link
how has Herz looked?
Ok Beason gets hurt a lot  
djm : 8/23/2015 8:25 pm : link
We get it. But to act like the Giants don't believe the guy is injury prone is stretching things. They aren't stupid. They signed McClain who can play mike and they drafted Kennard who may be a mike one day, although that could be a stretch. If there was another option available i highly doubt that Reese threw logic and caution to the wind thinking Beason is a rock of stability back there but mook you've intimated that quite often.

Just hope the guy plays 12 good games this season and that's it. It is what it is... Maybe Kennard is the long term answer but I see him more as a playmaking OLB.
RE: Ok Beason gets hurt a lot  
MookGiants : 8/23/2015 8:36 pm : link
In comment 12432144 djm said:
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We get it. But to act like the Giants don't believe the guy is injury prone is stretching things. They aren't stupid. They signed McClain who can play mike and they drafted Kennard who may be a mike one day, although that could be a stretch. If there was another option available i highly doubt that Reese threw logic and caution to the wind thinking Beason is a rock of stability back there but mook you've intimated that quite often.

Just hope the guy plays 12 good games this season and that's it. It is what it is... Maybe Kennard is the long term answer but I see him more as a playmaking OLB.


So he spent a 5th rounder on Kennard (even though he's not a MLB) and signed McClain, so they protected themselves?

They've made zero attempt to find a long term solution at MLB since they traded for Beason. That's mind numbing. And every year we hear how important he is to the defense. A guy that never plays is one of the most important parts of the defense that Jerry Reese has built. That's a fucking disgrace.

Keeping guys like Beason around at any salary is a poor decision. We have zero long term solution at MLB. Should have moved on 2 years ago when the defense turning around had a hell of a lot more to do with facing one backup (and multiple 3rd string) qb's after another. Instead he got the credit for it, Giants give him a nice contract, and he to the surprise of no one but Jerry Reese can't stay on the field.

Sage comments  
RetroJint : 8/23/2015 8:56 pm : link
They were imbeciles to keep him and have a prominent role for him. Some guys are, in fact, injury prone. It's not a toughness issue. This man is as tough as a keg of nails. But he can't stay on the field. Patti T & Co raised high the roof beams screaming for Jon's retention. Oh who wants to bet that he is there opening night? Jameel is a great guy but he can't play. He couldn't for Fewell. He won't for Spagnuolo, either. Time to try the new guy.
I hated the idea  
bceagle05 : 8/23/2015 9:57 pm : link
of doubling down on Beason and McClain. If either plays 10 games I'll be shocked. Even if they're out there they'll be compromised physically.
Pack it up  
Hem Roid : 8/24/2015 8:23 am : link
Jon and do yourself and your remaining health a favor ... you will also force the Giants to finally move on, and try to solidify the middle of the defense with a dependable body ...
I think we just have to get used  
Mister Charming : 8/24/2015 8:26 am : link
to Beason being in and out of the line-up. You can't really assume he will be healthy on a week to week basis. There was a reason why he was obtained for a 7th round pick.
Didn't McClain play  
Tuckrule : 8/24/2015 9:04 am : link
All 16 last year?
RE: I think we just have to get used  
Victor in CT : 8/24/2015 9:33 am : link
In comment 12432457 Mister Charming said:
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to Beason being in and out of the line-up. You can't really assume he will be healthy on a week to week basis. There was a reason why he was obtained for a 7th round pick.


When is he ever "in"?
Ha!  
FatMan in Charlotte : 8/24/2015 9:33 am : link
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Pack it up
Hem Roid : 8:23 am : link : reply
Jon and do yourself and your remaining health a favor ... you will also force the Giants to finally move on, and try to solidify the middle of the defense with a dependable body ...


Beason can't win with some. We have "dependable bodies", but they suck. Beason is an elite player when healthy. It isn't like his presence is keeping some Pro Bowler off the field.

I really don't get that take at all - for him to pack it up and go.
Suffering what Beason termed a minor sprain  
Big Blue '56 : 8/24/2015 9:38 am : link
after his MRI, is the cost of doing "business" in training camp..It is widespread and if it wasn't Beason who incurred it, it wouldn't be too talked about..Forget his injuries of the past..It's a common sprain to an otherwise healthy guy..
It's a rather large  
MookGiants : 8/24/2015 10:57 am : link
stretch to say Beason is an elite player when healthy.

Everyone points to 2 years ago when he came and the defense turned aorund, but they ignore that we faced one backup QB after another for about a 7 week stretch, and then when we played someone with a pulse and needed the game couldn't get off the field on defnse.

And LOL at '56's response. No matter what injury he has, '56 always has some excuse for him.
It is a stretch to think..  
FatMan in Charlotte : 8/24/2015 11:00 am : link
that a 3-time Pro Bowler is elite when healthy?

That just a couple of years ago he immediately made an impact?

Jeez. Maybe during his three Pro Bowl years he just had a lucky stretch against mediocre QB's too?
And as far as excuses go..  
FatMan in Charlotte : 8/24/2015 11:02 am : link
I'd rather a fan err on the side of excusing a player due to injury instead of trying to ride him out of town like a bunch of others seem to be doing.

Ironically, Some of these same schmucks probably cheered the LaVar Arrington signing
FatMan  
MookGiants : 8/24/2015 11:03 am : link
yes, it is, considering those 3 pro bowl years were 5 years ago, which in the NFL might as well be 50 years ago. He, even when healthy, is no where near the player he used to be prior to getting hurt every year. The injuries have taken their toll, as has age, and even if he was healthy right now he's not all that close to elite.
No point  
MookGiants : 8/24/2015 11:04 am : link
in riding him out of town right now.

The time to do it was each off-season, when you could actually go and try to either improve the position via draft or FA. Instead they just look for guys "incase" he gets hurt, which doesn't improve anything.
and seriously  
MookGiants : 8/24/2015 11:13 am : link
go back through that 2013 season after he got here and look at the QB's the Giants faced when he made an immediate "impact"

I would also argue that the turnaround of the defense had more to do with Will Hill coming back from suspension than it did Beason, on top of playing against the likes of Tolzine, Freeman, Pryor, Barkley.

When they played the Cowboys and still had a playoff shot, the defense could not get the stop they needed.

Got embarrassed by San Diego. Ditto Seattle.

So his immediate impact came against mostly offenses who were starting guys who are 3rd string qb's right now, out of the league entirely, or switched to another position.
Beason had 93 tackles...  
FatMan in Charlotte : 8/24/2015 11:16 am : link
that year. In 11 games. That's effective no matter who you are up against and it showed that his ability to range across the field to stop runners and intermediate routes was still excellent.
Mook, we obviously disagree on the impact injuries had on our  
Big Blue '56 : 8/24/2015 11:21 am : link
team throughout the last two years..

This however has nothing to do with injury excuses..I'm just trying to say that had this been anyone BUT Beason, the reactions would be much different..It's just a minor sprain according to his MRI, so since he's as healthy as he's ever going to be coming into a season, this should be viewed as a minor setback, that is, at face value and not in a 'here we go again let's get rid of him' mindset..

If it is indeed minor, then he should be back rather soon, be it a few weeks or not..Imo..

I'd be worried if it was to a prior area that required surgery
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Mike in Long Beach : 8/24/2015 11:24 am : link
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and seriously
MookGiants : 11:13 am : link : reply
go back through that 2013 season after he got here and look at the QB's the Giants faced when he made an immediate "impact"


His primary benefit is as a run defender.
of course the reactions  
MookGiants : 8/24/2015 11:29 am : link
would be much different. As they should be, because most other guys don't miss even 10% the amount of games he does. It's a new injury every year with him, and I remember last year when his injury was relatively minor and he would be back on the field, and then guess what he wound up playing in 4 games total and i dont think made it through any of them healthy at the end.

It's always something with this guy, when he comes back it will be something else. Since 2011 he has played in 24 games. Probably gotten through about 20 of them healthy.

I just don't get keeping this guy around each year and not finding a long term solution. He's already 30, even if healthy is he going to be that good of a player? The last time he was an elite player was 5 years ago, when he was a young man who was healthy playing every game. Age and injuries have taken a toll, why is it going to get better now?

The Giants set themselves up for failure by relying heavily on a guy like him. This wasn't a they had no choice, they certainly did have choices over the last 2 years and they have chosen to put all their eggs in his basket, with a mediocre Jameel McClain as the insurance policy. That's poor management.
RE: .  
MookGiants : 8/24/2015 11:33 am : link
In comment 12432821 Mike in Long Beach said:
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and seriously
MookGiants : 11:13 am : link : reply
go back through that 2013 season after he got here and look at the QB's the Giants faced when he made an immediate "impact"



His primary benefit is as a run defender.


So playing against 3rd string QB's wouldn't help the run defense? Pretty easy to stop the run when you are playing against a QB who can't throw the ball 20 yards downfield if his life depended on it
Mook's killing this thread.  
BrettNYG10 : 8/24/2015 11:38 am : link
Beason hasn't played a full season since 2010.
You can question Reese's commitment to the mike all u want...  
djm : 8/24/2015 11:46 am : link
But as of today we have more resources devoted to the mike position than we did from 2009-2013 more or less. It ain't much but at least we have two somewhat respectable vet bodies at the position and Kennard. We could do better but who was available? It's not like Reese would hsbd definitely drafted a mike without Beason here he hardly ever drafts one period.
RE: You can question Reese's commitment to the mike all u want...  
Big Blue '56 : 8/24/2015 11:58 am : link
In comment 12432871 djm said:
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But as of today we have more resources devoted to the mike position than we did from 2009-2013 more or less. It ain't much but at least we have two somewhat respectable vet bodies at the position and Kennard. We could do better but who was available? It's not like Reese would hsbd definitely drafted a mike without Beason here he hardly ever drafts one period.


Kennard can play the Mike, though as a fan, I'd prefer the outside..Unga, if he sticks is another candidate..It's not, as you said, a position that hasn't been addressed..No one is asserting that Beason is our future there
Then who is our future  
MookGiants : 8/24/2015 12:04 pm : link
we don't have a future Mike, and Reese hasn't put anything into finding a future one either. Signing McClain and drafting Kennard (who isn't even a MLB) and an undrafted guy is not good enough. Maybe he'll get lucky and Unga will be a player, but right now I think it's safe to say our future at MLB is not on the roster
Agreed mook and 56  
djm : 8/24/2015 12:19 pm : link
I'd rather Kennard play the attacking LB position and in an ideal world we have some young fire breathing MLB manning things for the next 5 years. I'm not in love with Beason either... Just saying we have dealt with worse.

if Kennard and Thomas can really make an impact we'd be in good shape there but it has to happen first...
RE: Mook's killing this thread.  
Victor in CT : 8/24/2015 12:23 pm : link
In comment 12432857 BrettNYG10 said:
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Beason hasn't played a full season since 2010.


He's on the same work schedule as Schwartz
I still think that Thomas was a 'steal' FA signing.  
Big Blue '56 : 8/24/2015 12:27 pm : link
I think he'll be solid under Spags..
Technically..  
FatMan in Charlotte : 8/24/2015 12:34 pm : link
this is incorrect.

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Mook's killing this thread.
BrettNYG10 : 11:38 am : link : reply
Beason hasn't played a full season since 2010.


In 2013 He played 12 games for the Giants after being traded by the Panthers and he played 3 games for the Panthers. His missed week was in between the trade.

and he had a heck of a 2013 season.
....  
BrettNYG10 : 8/24/2015 12:54 pm : link
I just skimmed the Games played section of NFL.com - an unintentional oversight. Thanks.

I think his 2013 is a bit overstated - mostly because we had dog shit at LB and having a competent LB (which I think Beason is) made a huge difference.

I think he's a decent starting MLB at this stage. We don't have superior alternatives at this point.
This isn't a freak injury...he's just frail at this point  
Torrag : 8/24/2015 1:00 pm : link
Injuries have a cumulative effect. Anyone that's surprised Beason is hurt isn't paying attention. I said all along I'd be surprised if we get six weeks out of him. The good news is U2 and Kennard look like capable replacements which is something we haven't had around here in a while. Beason's real value is making the calls and there will be growing pains in that regard.
they  
BigBlueCane : 8/24/2015 2:55 pm : link
had ample opportunity to draft his replacement in the draft.

And instead opted to waste a pick on a Safety thinking he can shore up 2 spots for one.

Perhaps they were right.

I do not believe they were.
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