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Jon Beason making immediate impact on new team

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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.

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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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