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Giants LB Jon Beason optimistic about playing Week 1

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 29: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Jon Beason #52 of the New York Giants waves to the crowd after defeating the Washington Redskins at MetLife Stadium on December 29, 2013 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Giants defeated the Redskins 20-6. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Jon Beason

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 29: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Jon Beason #52 of the New York Giants waves to the crowd after defeating the Washington Redskins at MetLife Stadium on December 29, 2013 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Giants defeated the Redskins 20-6. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Jon Beason

When New York Giants linebacker Jon Beason injured his knee earlier in the preseason, he had three weeks to get ready for the season opener. At the time, he claimed he would be good to go for Week 1, but based on his injury history, there was reason to be skeptical. It's beginning to look like Beason will be a full go when the Giants open up their regular season on September 13th.

"He feels better," head coach Tom Coughlin said about Beason's recovery, per True Jersey. "He has a routine now and they've been been a little more aggressive each day with it. He's optimistic."

The Giants desperately need Beason to suit up. With the Cowboys' offensive line on tap, they will need the linebackers to make plays at the second level on a consistent basis throughout the preseason opener.

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