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31.10.2018, 03:25
Who would be the backup for Damon Harrison at nose tackle? That was one of the many questions the Giants faced this summer. B.J. Hill? Well Customized New York Giants Jerseys (http://www.newyorkgiantsteamonline.com/customized) , yeah, except he earned a starting job next to ‘Snacks.’ Veterans A.J. Francis and Robert Thomas. Nah, waived. Josh Banks? His time on the roster last about a day.That job will apparently fall to John Jenkins, a 2013 third-round pick of the New Orleans Saints who spent the last two seasons with the Chicago Bears. We turned to Lester Wiltfong of SB Nation’s Bears website, Windy City Gridiron, to learn more about the 6-foot-3, 327-pound 29-year-old.Ed: Why did the Bears let him go?Lester: Jenkins only really played as Eddie Goldman’s back up at nose tackle last year. He had 109 snaps on defense last year, while playing in eight games, and while I thought he was decent while in there, the Bears decided to keep a more versatile sixth defensive lineman. Ed: What are his strengths? Weaknesses?Lester: He’s good against the run, as can be expected at 330 pounds. His weaknesses are that he’s really only a 1st down or goal line player. Not must versatility from him. Ed: The Giants will likely use him to spell Damon Harrison at the nose. Is that a role in which he should succeed?Lester: If that’s the plan, he’ll be a fine player for the Giants. A few snaps here and there, a spot start if Harrison is hurt, and that’s exactly what his role should be.Ed: What can you tell us about him off the field? What kind of guy is he?Lester: Honestly www.authenticsnewyorkgiants.com (http://www.authenticsnewyorkgiants.com) , there wasn’t known about him during his year in Chicago. He’s a head down and play football kind of guy. Finally, a bonus question I couldn’t help tossing out for Lester to have some fun with.Ed: Couldn’t the Bears have waited until a year when they don’t play the Giants to trade for Khalil Mack? Lester:Nope! The Bears feel they are ready to compete this season. They have the head coach and quarterback in place that they believe in, they added a bunch of talent to the offense in the offseason, they kept a good defense intact -- including defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, they spent their first round pick on Roquan Smith, and now Khalil Mack shores up their glaring weakness of who is going to get consistent pressure.Giants roster moves: Ereck Flowers waived, OT Brian Mihalik added The New York Giants have announced that they have waived former starting offensive tackle Ereck Flowers.News first surfaced Monday that the Giants were trying to trade Flowers, and failing that, they would cut him by 4 p.m. Tuesday. There had been rumors of a team interested in trading for Flowers, but if there were indeed any such talks, they obviously fell through. Now Flowers will go to the waiver wire, and it wouldn’t surprise to see teams put in claims on the former first rounder. The Giants drafted Flowers ninth overall in the 2015 NFL draft, and at the time Giants’ head coach Tom Coughlin said of Flowers, “The kid is an outstanding athlete. He is very young New York Giants T-Shirt (http://www.authenticsnewyorkgiants.com/cheap-t-shirts) , as you know. He is a battleship, an aircraft carrier or however you want to describe him at six-foot-six, 329 [pounds]. Strongest guy in the draft. Outstanding feet. [He] just turned 21 a couple of days ago here in mid- to late-April. Those things, together with the desire to improve both our offensive and our defensive lines, to be honest with you, we think we have made a good start here.”The move opens a spot on the roster and offensive line depth chart, and the Giants will reportedly promote OT Brian Mihalik to fill it. Mihalik, 6-foot-9 and 315 pounds, played in 15 games for the Detroit Lions in 2017. He started twice at left tackle, vs. Pittsburgh on Oct. 29 and at Green Bay on Nov. 6.The Giants viewed Mihalik up close when they practiced with the Lions for three days in August. He was released by Detroit on Sept. 2 and signed to the Giants’ practice squad on Sept. 13.Placekicker Marshall Koehn added to practice squadCoach Pat Shurmur had indicated Monday that the Giants would need to add a placekicker to the practice squad to protect themselves with Aldrick Rosas dealing with a quad injury. The Giants did that Tuesday, adding Marshall Koehn to fill the practice squad spot vacated by Mihalik’s promotion. Koehn was with the Giants in the preseason. Shurmur indicated Tuesday that the Giants will wait as long as possible before deciding whether they need to promote Koehn to the 53-man roster.