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Good morning, New York Giants fans! Let’s see what is happening with just one day remaining before the Giants open the season against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Darian Thompson waived
Safety Darian Thompson, who reverted to the team’s injured reserve list when he cleared waivers after being waived/injured a week ago, has been released from injured reserve with an injury settlement.
That means Thompson, a 2016 third-round pick, is free to sign with any team.
Giants’ offensive line has “something to prove”
Offensive line coach Hal Hunter was asked for a State of the State on his group, the success or failure of which will go a long way toward determining how well the Giants play on offense this season.
“They’re anxious to show what they can do. I think they feel like they’ve all got something to prove. Everybody’s got their own story with some – everybody comes from a different place and they’ve got a story to prove and what they want to try and show the NFL and the people that are going to be watching them play,” Hunter said. “Everybody’s got their own unique story. Am I a rookie and playing for the first time? Am I playing in a different position? Did I leave one zip code and come to another? Everybody’s got something they’re trying to establish and so you establish it by signing your work on game day.
“I think they’re focused, they’re together, they’re anxious to get out there and get some rhythm and play and play together as a unit and be productive, that’s the bottom line. They got two jobs, it’s real simple: they got to protect the quarterback and play good run football. The offensive line plays real simple. That’s all they’ve got to do and if they do that, you have a good chance to win. If you don’t, probably not going to win. That’s what you got to do.”
Giants fans are anxious to see what the line can do, too.
Evan Brown “checked all the right boxes”
Hunter was asked why undrafted rookie free agent center Evan Brown made the 53-man roster.
“When you’re trying to make a decision, we talk about – you kind of look at, kind of go back to what the basics are. Who are the best players? Best players are the guys that play the best so how you know – you look at the tape and see who the best players are,” Hunter said. “Here’s what I like about Evan Brown and not to take anything away from Brett Jones because I love Brett Jones, tough, hard working. Evan Brown: strong, physical, smart, plays with leverage, plays with balance, bigger than people think. He’s pushing 6’3” and he weighs 310.”
“I mean he’s a good size and so he did a lot of the right things that I like in terms of the center that not just I liked in terms of the center, but everybody’s that’s in the decision process likes as a center. He checked all the right boxes and when he got into the game, that last game against New England and played 56 snaps, he did a really good job.”
Quote of the day
“I probably can’t even put it into words how much he’s helped me. He’s still helping me learning how to be a pro.”
— Linebacker Lorenzo Carter on teammate Connor Barwin
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