New York Giants' Mark Herzlich To Start Against Philadelphia Eagles

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 22: Mark Herzlich #58 of the New York Giants tackles Kahlil Bell #32 of the of the Chicago Bears during a pre season game at New Meadowlands Stadium on August 22, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

With New York Giants starting outside linebacker Michael Boley battling a hamstring injury, Boston College's Mark Herzlich may get his first start as a New York Giant today against the Philadelphia Eagles. According to Coach Coughlin, Herzlich will get the start over Greg Jones, Jacquian Williams and Spencer Paysinger.

"I'm itching to get out there on defense," Herzlich said.

Coughlin said Herzlich would get the nod over Jones and the team's two other rookie linebackers, Jacquian Williams and Spencer Paysinger, because of Herzlich's smarts and knowledge of the defense.

"We want to see what [Herzlich] can do and how he will play in there," Coughlin said. "We already experienced the fact that he communicates well. He seems to know the defense and he can get us lined up."

Herzlich has played in all nine games for the Giants this year, but all his snaps have been on special teams. Here's hoping that Herzlich gets some snaps on the first team defense and makes a few big plays. 

The 6-3 New York Giants host the 3-6 Philadelphia Eagles tonight on NBC's Sunday Night Football (8:20 PM start). Go Eagles Herzlich!

For more on the Giants, be sure to check out SB Nation's Big Blue View.

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