There’s been talk of Chris Snee hanging up his cleats sooner rather than later, and the Giants are readying for another “camp battle” should that happen this summer.
Brandon Mosley is the frontrunner to succeed Snee at RT with Eric Herman and a slew of others hoping to get a shot as well. One of those players is free-agent signee John Jerry, nee of the Miami Dolphins’ “Bullygate” scandal of last season.
Jerry has not participated in a single workout since signing a one-year, $770K deal with the Giants in March. He had his knee scoped in May and the team chose to hold him out until training camp, which starts Monday.
No one knows where Jerry is at physically at this point. The team has not made him available to the media as of yet, so we have yet to hear his perspective.
From Jordan Raanan of the Star Ledger:
Jerry, an offensive linemen signed after four turbulent seasons in Miami that ended after his involvement in the Jonathan Martin incident, underwent a minor knee operation this offseason. It kept him out of Organized Team Activities and minicamp.
But Jerry “should be ready for the start of [training] camp,” a person with knowledge of his situation told NJ.com. He expects to be on the field with the team when they open camp on Monday after having his knee scoped this spring.
John Fennelly, Lead Writer
Jerry was brought in as insurance, with Snee on the fence and the others lacking experience. The low salary figure was due to the lack of interest in Jerry in the free agent market. Many teams stayed away from him and teams are still showing no love to his “Bullygate” partner, Richie Incognito.
Still, the Giants see Jerry as a swing player and possibly a spot starter should Mosley and/or the others not distinguish themselves. He played in 57 games for the Dolphins over four seasons starting 45, mainly at RG.
My take is that he is way behind, having missed the offseason program. At this point he has to prove that he is worthy to win a roster spot. The Giants do like the fact that he’s experienced and willing to accept this opportunity as a second chance. If he flounders, nothing ventured, nothing gained as the only money guaranteed to him is a $25K signing bonus.