Giants News: DT depth gets boost ahead of Lions practices, Eric Gray ready for special teams

A'Shawn Robinson activated off the PUP list is fantastic news for Wink Martindale
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Can you believe that there's preseason football on the way later this week for the NY Giants and head man Brian Daboll? The summer has flown by and things are really about to get interesting. Before Friday's meeting with the Lions, though, there are some joint practices to look forward to.

Come Tuesday and Wednesday, the G-Men and Detroit will take the field together for what should be some interesting sessions. The good news for Daboll and defensive coordinator Wink Martindale is that some help is on the way.

On Monday morning, it was announced that defensive tackle A'Shawn Robinson has been taken off the PUP list. On top of that, young offensive lineman Marcus McKethan is also going to be back on the field.

A'Shawn Robinson back practicing with the Giants is great news

This really is a positive for the NY defense as a whole. This offseason, general manager Joe Schoen prioritized bringing in more bodies to help out for the defensive line and he did just that by signing both Robinson and fellow DT Rakeem Nunez-Roches.

Robinson is coming off a torn meniscus that he suffered last season with the Rams. He wasn't able to participate in any of the training camp practices, but he'll now be ready to show the staff what he can do in Detroit.

The 6-4, 330-pounder is no stranger to Detroit, as he spent the first four years of his career with the Lions. He then joined the Rams in 2020, spending three years with the NFC West side. This of course includes him helping the team win the Super Bowl in the thriller against the Bengals.

Despite Robinson coming off his serious knee injury, he's amped up to make a difference for the G-Men with him entering the eighth year of his career. Let's see what the veteran will be able to get done the rest of the summer leading up to the regular season.

Giants rookie Eric Gray to get a shot as a returner

Elsewhere for the Giants, the rookies are going to look to impress this week as well. While a lot of focus in recent weeks has been on Deonte Banks, Jalin Hyatt, John Michael Schmitz and Tre Hawksin, don't forget about running back Eric Gray.

While he won't be pushing Saquon Barkley for the starting job soon, Daboll has confirmed that Gray will be getting his shot as a returner on special teams this preseason. Gray also figures to receive plenty of carries against the Lions, Panthers and Jets too.

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