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“I don’t think we need to change much with Greg stepping in,” Boley said. “He has been pretty steady at that spot in the preseason and made a lot of plays.”

It is conceivable that the Giants can come up with a gimmick defense that will allow the team to limit Jones‘ exposure against the Redskins, much like last season when they used Grant in three safety alignments. If not, safety Antrel Rolle said the defense will have Jones‘ back.

Jon Goff was definitely coming into his own. He was controlling the defense,” Rolle said. “It’s unfortunate we have to move on without him. Greg is going to have to do the job. He is a young guy and now he has to put on his big boy pads.”

The Giants had about 10 free agent linebackers in for tryouts, including former Giants Chase Blackburn and Kawika Mitchell. Blackburn, who visited teammates in the locker room on Wednesday, was the backup middle linebacker last season, and their special teams captain.

If Jones starts Sunday, he would be the first Giants rookie defensive player to start on opening day since Barry Cofield in 2006.

The injury also is giving free agent Mark Herzlich some time at middle linebacker. He last played that position as a freshman at Boston College.