Have no idea how this is going to work out, but the Giants signed former Philadelphia offensive lineman Shawn Andrews early this morning.
Andrews, a Pro Bowler in 2006 and 2007, and once regarded as one of the top linemen in the NFL, lost all but two games of the last two seasons to back injuries. He's 6-4, 330, and could certainly be a great addition to an aging line. But the reason the Eagles released him was a failed physical in March, and it's a question whether Andrews' back will hold up to the stresses of a season.
"Our personnel staff has been monitoring Shawn's progress for awhile now," general manager Jerry 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."
Andrews was an Eagles first-round pick in 2004 and immediately won the right guard spot. But he fractured his fibula in the opener against the Giants and spent that season on IR. He played all 16 games in 2005, earning Pro Bowl alternate status before becoming a full-fledged Pro Bowler in 2006 and '07.
The Giants waived OL Cliff Louis to make room for Andrews. Now, the question is, if healthy, what do you do with him. Assuming he can still play, he'd certainly be an automatic depth upgrade over Guy Whimper. The Giants said he wasn't signed because they are worried that the injuries to Rich Seubert (hand) and Chris Snee (knee) are more serious than first reported. So, we'll take them at their word and say, for now, that Andrews is here simply for depth purposes.
Camp broke today with a jog-through in preface to tomorrow night's game against Pittsburgh. Will Beatty and David Diehl went at LT and LG with the first team. Could be significant.
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