It seems like every year, the New York Giants suffer a ton of injuries to a specific positional unit. Last year it was cornerbacks, and the year before that it was wide receivers.
This year, it looks like defensive tackles have pulled the short end of the stick.
Things were shaky to begin with, as training camp kicked off with starter Chris Canty watching from the sidelines. A knee injury that’s been bothering Canty since last December has kept him on the physically unable to perform list for the entire preseason to date. Originally, Canty was optimistic that he would be ready for the season opener, but with each passing day, the outlook grows murkier.
Things only got worse on Tuesday, when fellow defensive tackles Shaun Rogers and Martin Parker were lost for the season. Rogers, who was placed on injured reserve, suffered a blood clot in his leg, and Parker, who the team waived, was diagnosed with a herniated disc in his back.
With the immediate future of 2010 second-round draft pick Marvin Austin also in question due to back issues, the Giants were suddenly very thin at interior defensive line. The injuries prompted general manager Jerry Reese, who has been quiet this offseason as usual, to make a few roster moves.
The Giants ended up signing four players on Thursday (actually five, but one player, defensive tackle Bobby Skinner, was released shortly after his first practice with the team, per Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News). They snagged a cornerback/kick returner in addition to three defensive tackles, who are expected to plug the gaps left behind by their new teammates.
The turnover rate is high in the NFL, and there’s no guarantee that these players will be here in a month, or even a week’s time. But they are Giants nonetheless, so we should take the time to get to know them.