Shane Lemieux impressed by Giants’ new OL group

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The New York Giants spent much of their offseason fortifying and supplementing their beleaguered offensive line. They signed several veteran free agents and then used several draft picks — including first and third rounders — on offensive linemen this spring.

That was in direct response to last season’s 4-13 disaster in which the Giants found themselves undermanned once again due to injuries.

One player the Giants might have overlooked during they process was third-year guard Shane Lemieux, a fifth-round pick out of Oregon in 2020 who missed most of last season with a knee injury. He appears to he fully healthy and ready to challenge for a starting role.

“That was my first injury ever in my career, so it was kind of a different mental standpoint, but I just love to practice, I love to get better, and obviously, not being able to be out there with the guys, I was trying to do everything I could to get out there,” Lemieux told reporters at the team’s OTAs this week.

Lemieux is lining up with the ‘ones’ in drills at left guard. He is surrounded by unfamiliar faces. At left tackle, rookie Joshua Ezeudu, a third-round pick, is filling in for Andrew Thomas. Free agents Jon Feliciano and Mark Glowinski are at center and right guard, respectively.

At right tackle resides Evan Neal, the seventh overall selection in this year’s NFL draft out of Alabama. Lemieux likes the company.

“We have a great group of guys. You guys just talked to Glow. He is a great dude. We have Jon Feliciano, great guy,” said Lemieux. “The rookies all coming in are great dudes, man. They’re learning. They’re like sponges right now, and it’s really cool to see. Obviously learning a new scheme is fun, and it’s stressful at the same time because you have to learn all new stuff, and you have to learn new verbiage and all that kind of stuff, but it’s kind of a cool standpoint of getting my feet under me again and starting from scratch basically.”

The Giants were not expecting Lemieux to return so quickly. The knee injury he suffered last year was debilitating and painful. That’s all behind him now. By admission, he took himself out of the lineup early on in order to deal with the injury properly.

“No regrets, man,” he said. “It’s a new year and look at me. I’m here now, and I’m healthy, and I’m ready to roll.”

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