5 New York Giants who must dominate at training camp
#3 – John Jerry
Don’t look now, but John Jerry spent the spring taking second and even third-team reps, according to NJ Advance Media (h/t Rotoworld).
Despite former-GM Jerry Reese extending the veteran guard’s contract last offseason, the 32-year-old struggled just as much as Ereck Flowers did in both run and pass blocking.
Numbers don’t lie, and the Giants have not ranked inside the top 20 in team rushing yards since 2015.
That’s not all on Jerry, though, and the team responded by fixing the left side of its line. They grabbed free-agent left tackle Nate Solder from the Patriots and drafted left guard Will Hernandez in the second round.
Still, the right guard spot is a wide-open camp competition. Former Jacksonville Jaguars offensive lineman Patrick Omameh is the biggest threat to take over. In order just to compete in training camp, Jerry restructured his deal in March. The team voided his 2019 year and dropped his base salary for 2018 from $3.05 million to $1.075 million, per Dan Duggan of The Athletic.
The Giants can save $1.05 million toward the salary cap, if Jerry doesn’t make the team. That makes Jerry an obvious cut-candidate, if he falters at training camp.