It has become a rite of spring among the Giants. A new offensive line coach arrives, assesses the damage and tries to understand the fractured psyche of the players he inherits.
After all, the offensive line has been a waste of a positional group for nearly a decade.
Bobby Johnson, hired by head coach Brian Daboll after their timeshare at Buffalo, is the next to accept the assignment. Did Johnson see a bunch of injured and desperate players come back from the very poor 2021 offensive line?
“Those are all extreme words,” Johnson said Thursday. “I would say this: I’ve noticed that in this profession, whether you’re a coach or a player, you have things that we call scar tissue or, not to shed light on it, PTSD about things that’s happened to you who shape your identity or shape your philosophy, and there’s guys I’ve interacted with who’ve had that, because of things that happened in the recent past.
When head coach Brian Daboll said ‘we’ll have guys in red shirts’ he wasn’t kidding, as several players were wearing red – which means they’re recovering from injuries or have something wrong. prompted medical staff to refer to them as non-participants in the practice.
Two wide receivers, Kenny Golladay and Kadarius Toney, were in red and kept away from any teamwork. Others in this group included offensive linemen Andrew Thomas, Matt Peart and Nick Gates; linebackers Blake Martinez, Cam Brown and TJ Brunson; receiver Sterling Shepard and cornerback Rodarius Williams.
“Some can do a little more than others,” Daboll said.
Rookie WR Wan’Dale Robinson was absent due to attending an NFL rookie symposium, and DT Dexter Lawrence and TE Ricky Seals-Jones were excused for personal reasons.
Asked about Golladay and Toney, Daboll said: “They’ve been to all the meetings. They do a good job. It’s just good to have all the guys here so we can implement our stuff.”
One thing about leading rookie Kayvon Thibodeaux, the No. 5 overall pick, that caught the eye of veteran defensive lineman Leonard Williams is how Thibodeaux quickly volunteered to line up. as the offensive lineman for the scout team during drills.
“I appreciate things like that from top picks because he knows he still has more he has to give to the team,” Williams said. “Just because he was drafted high doesn’t mean he can’t help.”
CB rookie Cor’Dale Flott, a third-round pick from LSU, became the seventh member of the 2022 draft class to sign his contract. The four unsigned draft picks are Robinson, G Joshua Ezeudu, TE Daniel Bellinger and S Dane Belton. … The Giants signed their fifth player in two days when they added CB free agent Michael Jacquet. He is the fourth new defensive player this week. Jacquet, 25, played seven games (two starts) for the Eagles in 2020 and made the 2021 season finale for the Jaguars. To make room on the roster, rookie DT Antonio Valentino was dropped.