The New York Giants chosen Oregon guard Shane Lemieux within the fifth around the 2020 NFL draft as a result of he reminded them of the kind of participant they’d on the offense line throughout their most up-to-date Super Bowl groups.
Lemieux started final 12 months because the group’s beginning left guard however by no means made it out of the Giants’ opening week loss in opposition to Denver. He injured his ailing knee and was finally shelved for the season.
This 12 months, with a brand new teaching workers on the town, Lemieux was unsure how he can be perceived. He now not has to fear about that. He is again because the starter at left guard and has just lately discovered himself taking reps at heart in camp with Jon Feliciano sitting out just a few days.
But Lemieux is a gamer. He simply loves to play soccer. He’ll play wherever the Giants want him, similar to his predecessors.
“It’s been fun. It’s definitely a challenge. It’s something I’ve never done before,” Lemieux informed reporters on Wednesday. “Wherever the coaches want me, I’ll go out there and do it — whether its left guard, right guard, center, tackle. Whatever’s best for the team.”
The Giants don’t have a pure heart. Feliciano is actually a guard as is Nick Gates, who is presently working his manner again kind a severe leg fracture. They know they want to discover depth and, hey, why not Lemieux?
“There was a little bit of experimentation, do you know what I mean? I just — I never put my hand on the ball until the first day I got here,” he stated. “It was more of a like, ‘Hey, let’s see if you can snap.’ But at that time, I was learning the offense, I was learning how to play center, so it was lot. So, they said, ‘Hey, just focus on guard for now.’ That was that.”
As for the knee, Lemieux insists he’s effective. In truth, he’s not even carrying a brace.
“I just don’t like playing with one,” he stated. “We’ve had to put on braces in follow the final two years, so I’m sort of simply carried out with that.
“(The knee) is good. It’s good. It’s just staying on top of my rehab, the stuff I’ve done in the off season and kind of make it right. Sticking to my routine. That was the biggest thing in this offseason was getting into a routine, making sure that my flexibility is all there, my strength is there, getting in the tubs and all of the recovery measures that I take.”