Giants may use Justin Tuck as a linebacker

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The Pro Bowl defensive end may be taking snaps from the stand-up position during 2013.

For eight seasons NFL quarterbacks have seen Justin Tuck flying at them from the defensive end position, but that may change in 2013. He'll still be flying at them, of course, just from a different position. The New York Giants are considering using their defensive end as a pass-rushing linebacker in certain situations, according to an article by Conor Orr of the Star-Ledger.

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The Giants have been toying around with the concept during training camp practices, where Tuck has been taking snaps from a stand-up position.

"I’m always open for new things, any time you get an opportunity to showcase your versatility," Tuck told the Star-Ledger, going on to state that he was open to trying anything that could benefit his team.

It's not an entirely foreign concept to the All-Pro defender, who says he played standing up at points during high school and college. He's also done it occasionally as a pro -- his first sack in Super Bowl XLVI came with his hand off the ground.

It will certainly bring about some new challenges for Tuck, who has just under 50 sacks during his eight-year NFL career. Fellow Giants linebacker Mathias Kiwanuka suggested Tuck's expanded role could include pass-coverage responsibilities.

It remains to be seen whether we'll get a chance to see the new look in the Giant's first preseason game against the Pittsburg Steelers this weekend. Tuck sat out practice on Tuesday with tightness in his back and remains questionable for Saturday's game.

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