After joining the New York Giants as a late-seas

After joining the New York Giants as a late-seas

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on addition http://www.cowboyscheapauthenticstore.com/antwaun-woods-jersey-cheap , veteran offensive lineman John Greco came to training camp as somewhat of a bubble guy on the roster.Both a guard and center, the 33-year-old seemed to be the odd guy out at both spots.Jon Halapio and Brett Jones were the top centers, and rookie Will Hernandez and free-agent signee Patrick Omaneh were the top two guards. Greco and long-time starter John Jerry were fighting for a roster spot.Funny thing happened. New York traded Jones to Minnesota in training camp and Greco beat out Jerry because of his ability to play center and guard.Two-plus weeks into the season, Greco is now a starter. The 11-year veteran is getting an unexpected chance because Halapio broke his right leg and ankle in the third quarter of the 20-13 loss to the Cowboys."Any time you lose your partner in crime, one of your buddies in your room, you feel for him," Greco said Wednesday as the Giants (0-2) practiced for Sunday's game in Houston against the Texans (0-2)."We know that he's going to come back stronger than ever, but at the same time we just have to do everything we can this week to try to get a win. It's going to be a tough road game, awesome atmosphere down in Houston, so we are excited about the challenge and opportunity."Greco is on his third tour with coach Pat Shurmur. The two also worked for the Rams, and Greco also was in Cleveland when Shurmur coached the Browns.Greco joins an offensive line that has struggled. New York is ranked in the bottom five on offense in yards per game, total yards passing, total yards running, first downs, points and passing average. The line has allowed eight sacks, including six by the Cowboys on Sunday night."We just have to focus everything on in-house," Greco said. "We don't really listen to the talk outside, we know we have to play better and that's the focus every week. When we get some wins it's going to be the same thing. There's going to be no let-up, and that's how you've got to approach it."You can't be complacent and when you know things aren't going your way you just have to do everything extra, and do everything in your power to be the cause of the wins and not the cause of losses."Quarterback Eli Manning spoke with Greco this week and does not expect a problem making the transition."He's been here all training camp," Manning said. "We've worked together, we've gotten snaps throughout training camp and everything so that shouldn't be a problem. He knows what's going on. We've met this week, we've talked a bunch on some calls Cheap Ezekiel Elliott Jersey , making sure we're saying the same thing and hearing things the same way."The bigger problem will be getting the offense in gear. Manning did not have enough time to throw and there were not many holes for rookie running back Saquon Barkley against Dallas."I think we're close on things," Manning said. "You're going against good players and they're going to make plays sometimes and that's fine, but when there are opportunities and when things should be picked up or guys should be going certain ways, you got to do those things and give yourself an opportunity to make those plays when they can be there."Greco is looking forward to helping the offense. A year ago, he was sitting home waiting for someone to sign him."I knew I still had enough gas in the tank that I could've been playing and I was just happy I got the opportunity here last year and then again this offseason, and here we are," he said. "So, that really hasn't entered my mind. It's more of a laugh thing I can do at myself but yeah, I'm excited about the opportunity."NOTES: LB Olivier Vernon (ankle), CB Eli Apple (hamstring) and LB Connor Barwin (knee) did not practice. Vernon has not played in a game this season. Apple was hurt Sunday. Barwin has been bothered by a nagging injury in recent weeks although he has not missed games. ... Starting tight end Evan Engram (ankle) and punter returner Kaelin Clay (ankle) were limited. ... New York signed FB Elijhaa Penny off Arizona's practice squad. Halapio, who had surgery Monday, was placed on injured reserve to make room for him. Jonathan Stewart has been involved in 11 training camps during his NFL career, so the 31-year-old veteran running back knows the drill.Regardless that Stewart signed a reported two-year, $6.9 million contract with the New York Giants as a free agent, he knows that nothing in the NFL is guaranteed."Every year, I feel like I'm fighting for a spot," Stewart said after Sunday's practice as the Giants prepare for their final preseason game Thursday night against New England. "I think everyone is battling. Every time I step onto the field, I'm trying to put my best foot forward."So far, the Giants have yet to see any of the ability that enabled Stewart to stay in the league so long. He had amassed 7,318 yards rushing and 51 touchdowns in 10 years with the Carolina Panthers.Stewart's preseason performance of a total of minus-5 yards on 10 rushing attempts should be cause for concern to some — but not Stewart."I think the preseason is a time to work on our craft," Stewart said. "I'm still trying to jell with the first team. I'm trying not to dwell on certain things."One of those things was a fumble on one of his carries against the New York Jets on Friday night."I didn't hold on to the ball like I should," Stewart said. "I have to learn to bounce back from my mistakes. Not everything can go your way. I had a good offseason in terms of training. I think it has been a good preseason for me. I've been getting a good amount of practice reps."That number will decrease now that rookie Saquon Barkley, the team's No. 1 draft pick out of Penn State and the No. 2 overall pick in the draft Youth Maliek Collins Jersey , returned to practice full time Sunday. Barkley has been held out most of the past two weeks after tweaking a hamstring in practice."He's a very talented guy," Stewart said of Barkley. "He's a physical specimen. You don't see many running backs of that caliber. He's like nothing I've ever seen. It's a great sign that he's back. He's a workaholic. When he got hurt, he was looking to get back as quick as possible."Barkley is back and projected to be the starting tailback. Second-year player Wayne Gallman Jr., the team's fourth-round selection in the 2017 draft who rushed for 476 yards and caught 34 passes as a rookie, has been impressive in the preseason and is probably ahead of Stewart on the depth chart.Giants' first-year head coach Pat Shurmur isn't too concerned about Stewart's preseason and doesn't sound like a coach who is ready to give up on Stewart."Jonathan is a pro," Shurmur said. "I know how his offseason training has gone for him. I trust Jonathan and I trust that he will be productive for us."Shurmur also knows that the Giants have not run the ball effectively in the preseason."When you don't run the ball well, it's the whole team's fault," Shurmur said. "When you don't run the ball well early in the game, that sets the tone for the rest of the game. It's a team thing to work on the running game. It's not just one person. "The Giants might have lost a key player during practice Sunday when starting outside linebacker Olivier Vernon went down with an apparent left ankle injury and had to be taken off the practice field on a cart."He just went inside the block and went over on his ankle," Shurmur said. "He's being evaluated right now."The Giants also welcomed back starting tight end Evan Engram, who left Friday night's preseason game with the Jets with what was initially diagnosed as a concussion.The second-year pass catcher, who had 64 receptions and six touchdowns as a rookie, was on the field running and riding the stationary bicycle Sunday, but was not involved with any contact, because he's still in the NFL's concussion protocol.NOTES: The Giants traded center Brett Jones to the Vikings for a 2019 draft pick. ... WR Odell Beckham, Jr. has not seen any action yet in the preseason, but he looks healthy in practice and was actually joking around Sunday returning punts in some drills. ... With the trade of Jones, Jon Halapio is entrenched as the team's starter at center, but John Greco slides in as the No. 2 center on the depth chart. ... Linebacker Ray-Ray Armstrong continues to impress in the preseason and looks as if he has earned a spot on the roster. If Armstrong makes the cut, it means that three of the Giants linebackers this season were members of the Los Angeles Rams a year ago, joining Alec Ogletree and Connor Barwin.
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