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Giants’ Micah McFadden closing in on starting job at ILB

by John Fennelly

Many of the position battles this summer at New York Giants training camp are still to be decided.

On defense, the secondary is still in flux, with new faces abound and the linebacker jobs are pretty much spoken for except for one inside position, which is still in play.

On Tuesday, defensive coordinator Wink Martindale updated the media on the intense battle between two second-year players — Darrian Beavers and Micah McFadden.

“I thought Micah played really well in the game and did a lot of good things,” Martindale said. “This is truly Beavers’ rookie year because of the ACL and he’s missed so many practices. Micah has got a year under his belt. It’s a good competition but Micah is definitely leading right now. But we’ll see where that goes and where this takes us.”

McFadden, speaking with reporters after practice, said he takes the compliments with a “grain of salt” and aims to get better on a daily basis. He also said he is communicating better and playing faster in his second season in Martindale’s defense.

McFadden added that he is down about five pounds from last season (from 235 to 230) and has learned from free agent veteran Booby Okereke, who brings leadership to the defense.

Martindale added that he welcomes more players at inside linebacker as Daboll and Schoen deem it necessary. And the Giants did hold workouts after practice. However, is currently unknown if linebacker was one of the positions they were holding tryouts for. That information will come later in the day.

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