NFL Preseason: New York Giants Sign Pro Bowl Guard Shawn Andrews

Jeff ShullAnalyst IAugust 20, 2010

PHILADELPHIA - DECEMBER 2:  Shawn Andrews #73 of the Philadelphia Eagles crouches into position at the line of scrimmage during the NFL game against the Seattle Seahawks at the Lincoln Financial Field on December 2, 2007 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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The New York Giants have added depth to their offensive line with the signing of Shawn Andrews, a former two-time pro bowl guard.

After having basically not played since 2007 due to injuries, the Eagles gave up on the struggling former star and the Giants decided to take a chance. Andrews is exciting about being in New York, so maybe the change of scenery will rejuvenate his career.

He can’t wait to get back to battling in the NFC East again.

“I guess they kind of picked me, but I picked them as well,” Andrews said. “I just like the atmosphere. The guys that I met, I can tell genuine people when I see them. And it’s right up the road in the NFC, same division where I come from and it’s real intense and I like that.”

General Manager Jerry Reese is real excited about the prospect of having another Pro Bowler on the team, and gives all the credit in the world to his staff for noticing his desire to play again and seeing that he is ready to come in and work hard no matter what the position.

“Our personnel staff has been monitoring Shawn’s progress for awhile now,” Reese said. “He looks great and had a very good workout for us yesterday. He can play both guard and both tackle positions. We just have to take him slow for the rest of the preseason to get him into game shape. Shawn is very excited and grateful for this opportunity to play for the New York Giants.”

This move comes most likely in direct correlation to both Chris Snee and Rich Seubert—the starting guards—being out due to an injury. Both are expected to miss the second preseason game this Saturday, but neither injury is considered serious.

The universal theme from both Andrews and the organization is that they see he is eager to get back out on the field and prove to everyone that he is still the same player. He is very hungry.

They also notice that for being out for two seasons, he is in surprisingly great shape, so playing in the third preseason game may not be out of the question.

One thing the Giants will have to be careful of is not to overwork is back. The Eagles claimed Andrews failed a physical back in march and that was the reasoning for the termination of his contract.

Now we all wait in limbo to see how coach Tom Coughlin is going to shuffle the offensive line around, a unit that took much flack in 2009 for falling off in their run blocking.

Hopefully Andrews provides the solution.

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