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Mark Herzlich | Linebacker

Team: New York Giants
Age / DOB:  (26) / 9/1/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 246
College: Boston College
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Giants re-signed LB Mark Herzlich to a one-year, $1 million contract.
A former UDFA out of Boston College, Herzlich opened last season playing significant snaps at middle and strong-side linebacker, but was eventually weeded out in favor of more skilled players. He did rack up ten special teams tackles, which is really where 26-year-old Herzlich's strength lies in the NFL. Mar 7 - 4:19 PM

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Mark Herzlich will take over as the Giants' starting middle linebacker.

Herzlich lost the job to Dan Connor during the preseason, but Conner has since landed on I.R. The Giants don't use their middle linebacker as an every-down player, severely capping Herzlich's IDP upside. For instance, Herzlich may only play 30 percent of the snaps in Sunday's game against three-receiver heavy Denver. WLB Spencer Paysinger will be New York's defensive playcaller.
Fri, Sep 13, 2013 04:21:00 PM

The Giants released their first unofficial depth chart Thursday, and listed Mark Herzlich (MLB), Keith Rivers (SLB), and Spencer Paysinger (WLB) as starters.

The Giants are holding a deep, open competition at linebacker in camp -- including Dan Connor, Aaron Curry, and Jacquian Williams -- but the trio of Herzlich, Paysinger, and Rivers is expected to open the season as starters. None of the three have a ton of IDP value because they'll be rotated too often.
Thu, Aug 1, 2013 01:35:00 PM

Mark Herzlich will open training camp as the Giants' starting middle linebacker.

Herzlich lined up with the first-team defense during OTAs and minicamp. "He has been very commanding," DC Perry Fewell said. "He’s taken a leadership role out there and I think he has some respect from his teammates. Obviously, we want to find out what happens when the pads come on."
Fri, Jun 14, 2013 11:50:00 AM

Mark Herzlich has continued to work as the Giants' first-team middle linebacker at OTAs.

It's unclear whether the Giants have designs on using Herzlich in sub-packages, but he could offer quite a bit of IDP upside if they do. He's likely competing for that role. The other tentative Giants starters are Keith Rivers (strong side) and Jacquian Williams (weak side), with Spencer Paysinger competing.
Source: giants.com
Fri, Jun 7, 2013 09:46:00 PM

Giants LB Mark Herzlich lined up as the first-team middle linebacker at OTAs Wednesday.

Herzlich and Dan Connor are competing for the job. Either one would be an upgrade on departed Chase Blackburn. During Wednesday's practice, Herzlich was flanked by Spencer Paysinger and Keith Rivers at outside 'backer.
Wed, May 22, 2013 11:37:00 AM

ESPN New York expects Mark Herzlich and Dan Connor to compete for the Giants' starting middle linebacker job.

An early-round draft pick could also enter the mix. The Giants finished No. 25 against the run last season, and Herzlich or Connor would be an upgrade over since-departed Chase Blackburn. Connor graded out positively in run defense as the Panthers' starting MIKE 'backer in 2011, per Pro Football Focus.
Sat, Apr 13, 2013 01:46:00 PM

Mark Herzlich is expected to start at middle linebacker in Sunday's game against the Steelers.

Normal starter Chase Blackburn is battling a hamstring injury. It's another chance for Herzlich, who started two games last season but lost his job after he sustained a high-ankle sprain. The inspirational cancer survivor has never recorded more than four tackles in an NFL game.
Source: USA Today
Wed, Oct 31, 2012 08:13:00 AM

Mark Herzlich expects to compete for the Giants' starting middle linebacker job this year.

Herzlich started two games in the middle before an ankle injured ended his season in Week 12. The Giants have since re-signed Chase Blackburn and have also talked about moving Michael Boley to the middle. The odds are now stacked against Herzlich emerging as the starter.
Wed, Apr 25, 2012 11:26:00 AM

Giants LB Mark Herzlich (ankle) returned to the practice field Wednesday for the first time since late November.

The special teamer suffered a severely sprained ankle while filling in for Michael Boley on Nov. 28.
Wed, Jan 18, 2012 12:31:00 PM

Giants LB Mark Herzlich (ankle) has been ruled out for Week 13.

Michael Boley (hamstring) is practicing this week, so Herzlich would have headed back to a special teams role had he been healthy. He's in a walking boot, a sign that his condition is week-to-week.
Thu, Dec 1, 2011 01:44:00 PM

Giants LB Mark Herzlich started for injured Michael Boley (hamstring) in Monday's game, but left during the second half with an ankle injury and did not return.

Herzlich said after the game that he believes he's fine, and his X-rays came back negative so we're optimistic he'll suit up next week. After getting gashed for 49 points by the Saints, the Giants will need all hands on deck next week against the Packers.
Tue, Nov 29, 2011 01:56:00 AM

Rookie Mark Herzlich is expected to get his first career start in Week 11 against the Eagles.

Herzlich is a natural SAM linebacker but will slide over and fill in for injured weak-side 'backer Michael Boley (hamstring). Jacquian Williams is expected to rotate snaps and Spencer Paysinger will back up and provide depth at both positions.
Sun, Nov 20, 2011 10:09:00 AM

According to the Newark Star-Ledger, undrafted rookie LB Mark Herzlich "hasn't had the sharpest of camps" with the Giants.

Star-Ledger reporter Mike Garafolo acknowledges that Herzlich had a couple of nice plays on Friday, but it sounds like he isn't headed for a roster spot. Herzlich didn't pick the best landing spot, as the Giants are deep at linebacker. If he's waived at final cuts, perhaps a needier team would take a flier.
Fri, Aug 19, 2011 06:13:00 PM

Giants signed former Boston College LB Mark Herzlich.

It's a solid fit for the cancer survivor. Herzlich's explosion and burst were lacking in his first year back, and several medical concerns expedited his fall out of April's draft. He is a natural SAM linebacker, however, and the Giants have a need there with free agent Keith Bulluck likely on his way out. Also familiar with several members of the New York coaching staff, Herzlich will get a fair shot to win a spot on the 53-man roster.
Tue, Jul 26, 2011 10:43:00 AM

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