Jon Beason making immediate impact on new team

Each roster spot is valuable in the NFL.

That’s why the Giants haven’t just brought in new names; they have relied on them.

New York traded for linebacker Jon Beason a week ago, and two days after the deal with the Carolina Panthers, he was playing on special teams for the Giants against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Four days after that – on a short week leading up to Thursday’s game against the Chicago Bears -- Beason was starting at middle linebacker over Mark Herzlich.

He went on to lead the team with 12 tackles (11 solo) in the 27-21 loss at Soldier Field.

Beason assessed the linebacker play in his first defensive outing with the Giants.

 “Far from perfect,” he said after the game. “There are some plays I wished I could have had in that game, but I’m just trying to go out and do my job and play hard. [The loss is] unfortunate, but I think we’re moving in the right direction.”

Acquired in the Giants’ first in-season trade since 1986, Beason, a 2007 first-round draft choice, was a two-time All-Pro selection and a three-time Pro Bowler in Carolina.

With those credentials, defensive coordinator Perry Fewell and the Giants coaching staff didn’t hesitate to throw the playbook at him.

But that doesn’t mean there won’t be a learning curve.

“The terminology is very different,” said Beason, who battled injuries the past two seasons. “I’ve had four coordinators, but it’s pretty complex. I got with coach, we got me coached up, and I try to go out there and do the best I can.”

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