If it seems just like the Giants have a glut of running backs on their roster, they do. And it’s by design.
“At that place we’re trying for a lot of depth,’’ Giants coach Joe Judge stated Thursday. “Running backs have to have a position offensively and within the kicking recreation. You’re going to play multiple in every recreation and also you want multiple running again to maintain a season. It’s a bodily place and clearly a lot of put on and tear so that you want a lot of depth, and never simply the depth however you want completely different physique varieties, talent units to essentially complement your offense.’’
The Giants, of course, misplaced their prime again, Saquon Barkley, to a proper knee damage early final season and he’s nonetheless rehabbing it with hopes to be prepared for the common season.
The Giants additionally lately signed running back Corey Clement. Earlier in free company, they signed Devontae Booker to a two-year deal value $5.5 million. They, too, added running again Ryquell Armstead off of waivers. In all, the Giants listing six running backs and a fullback on their OTA roster.
“Corey, I’ve identified him for a very long time now and admired the best way he’s performed each within the offense and kicking recreation,’’ Judge stated. “He’s obtained some expertise and I used to be happy with the best way he got here to rookie minicamp being a vet on a trial foundation and actually attacked it. I favored the best way he labored on a day by day foundation and favored what I noticed in phrases of him coming in in form and situation and dealing on the sphere.
“That’s what led us to signal him proper there.’’
Among the important thing gamers not in attendance on the voluntary OTA Thursday included DL Leonard Williams, DL Dexter Lawrence, DL B.J. Hill, DT Austin Johnson, OLB Cam Brown, OLB Ryan Anderson, ILB Reggie Ragland, CB Adoree’ Jackson, CB James Bradberry, S Logan Ryan, S Jabrill Peppers, CB Aaron Robinson, CB Darnay Holmes, CB Sam Beal, CB Isaac Yiadom, S Xavier McKinney, S Julian Love. Kicker Graham Gano additionally wasn’t there.
With the secondary primarily lacking each key participant, it regarded like a scout-team session again there with the likes of Josh Kalu, Madre Harper, Jarren Williams, Chris Milton and rookie Rodarius Williams getting all of the work. Most of these gamers are lengthy pictures at greatest to make the ultimate roster.
On the offensive line, although, the Giants had full attendance with all of the projected starters — LT Andrew Thomas, G Shane Lemieux, C Nick Gates, G Will Hernandez and T Matt Peart (together with backups like Nate Solder, Jonotthan Harrison and Zach Fulton) working towards.
Thursday was a first for media to look at linebacker Azeez Ojulari, the workforce’s second-round draft decide, with your entire workforce.
“He’s a freaky-looking participant,’’ veteran linebacker Blake Martinez stated Thursday. “Just watching him right this moment, he made some nice performs on the market in follow, confirmed some athleticism, issues like that. It’s OTAs [and] you bought to attend ‘til we put the pads on, [but] so far I think he’s accomplished very well.’’
Martinez was bummed to lose defensive sort out Dalvin Tomlinson, who left the workforce through free company for Minnesota within the offseason.
“I like Dalvin — one of my actually good pals,’’ he stated. “Actually, I talked to him [Wednesday]. I’m super-excited for him irrespective of if he was on our workforce or going to a different workforce. [He’s an] extraordinarily sensible participant.’’
Former first-round draft decide Danny Shelton, the 6-foot-2, 345-pound defensive sort out the Giants signed within the offseason, figures to fill one of the roles Tomlinson performed.
Martinez stated he was “joking the opposite day’’ about Shelton: “No marvel he was drafted within the first spherical. You get three picks in a single, simply how large he’s.
“I inform him each single day, ‘I’m glad I have you in entrance of me. I actually can’t see double-teams so there’s no means they will get to me.’’
It was a welcome sight for everybody to see linebacker Lorenzo Carter on the sphere. Carter’s 2020 season ended when he suffered a torn Achilles tendon final October in Dallas.
“It’s superior seeing a man come again from an damage like that,’’ Martinez stated. “I’m excited for him. I do know he’s put in a ton of work this low season on the point of go. He’s simply doing his factor on the market.’’
Receiver Sterling Shepard, who changed his number from 87 to 3, stated he had been ready for the league to vary its rule on what numbers sure place teams should put on.
The rule modified this offseason and Shepard jumped at No. 3 for vital private causes.
“It’s one thing which means a lot to me,’’ Shepard stated after Thursday’s OTA follow. “It’s been a quantity that I’ve been sporting since I used to be a little child, after my father handed. He wore No. 3 in faculty. That’s one thing that meant a lot to me, a lot to his teammates. I needed to hold that on. When I got here into the league, you couldn’t get single digits. Whenever the rule modified, I used to be completely satisfied to seize that.’’