Projected starting edge rusher Aziz Ojolari will open his second Giants training camp on the non-football injury list with a hamstring injury.
Ojolari, 22, added about 10 pounds of muscle between January and May to bring his playing weight to 255 pounds. Before reporting to the Giants’ training facility for camp on Tuesday, he recently injured his hamstring during training, a source said.
Ojolari is expected to recover with some rest, but he will not be on the field for the first practice of training camp on Wednesday.
The question now is whether any news on Tuesday was good news for players like left tackle Andrew Thomas (ankle surgery), tight end Kevin Thibodeaux (undisclosed injury), wide receiver Kadarius Toney (knee procedure), wide receiver Kenny Golladay (undisclosed injury). and linebacker Blake Martinez (torn ACL).
The Giants are starting just four players who are physically unable to perform: wide receiver Sterling Sheppard (Achilles tear), center Nick Gates (fractured leg), tackle Matt Pert (torn ACL) and tight end Daniels. Bellinger (quad).
The players’ reporting day on Tuesday was not open to the media. Wednesday morning will bring a dual Joe Schoen-Brian Daboll press conference and the team’s first camp practice since 2019 with fans at East Rutherford Fields.
The Giants ended the spring with a ton of injured and rehabbing players redshirted and dealing with a limited workload. It included Aaron Robinson, Darney Holmes, Jarren Williams, Darren Evans and Rodaris Williams.
Schoen, Daboll and the Giants’ medical staff took great care in managing injured players in the spring, but they must promote competition and prepare players’ bodies over the summer for the rigors of the 2022 NFL season. have to do
This will be an important counterbalance to the strike.
One piece of potential good news: A source said Thomas, the club’s starting left ankle, has made good progress in the past month after undergoing his second left ankle surgery in two years in January.
Thomas limped and labored significantly deep into the spring, and sat out 11-of-11 periods in practices.
According to sources, he was not limping during recent training in Atlanta, so hopefully that will translate to the field this week. The Giants are banking on an exciting bookend tandem with Thomas and first-round pick Evan Neal to help improve their offense.
Martinez was clearly feeling good during the spring, so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Giants go full inside linebacker or look closer to him early in camp.
The Giants also shuffled the roster deck during camp, cutting four players and signing four players to replace them.
They cut defensive back Henry Blake, defensive tackle Jabari Ellis, wide receiver Travis Toivonen and defensive back Maurice Kennedy – all players the team signed this offseason.
And they signed safety Andrew Adams, wide receiver Marcus Kemp, offensive tackle Kamal Seymour and defensive end Nick Williams.
Williams, 32, entering his eighth pro season, started 17 games for the Detroit Lions last year. Adams, who won a Super Bowl with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, returns for his second stint with the team.
Kemp is a special teamer who played with Giants offensive coordinator Mike Kafka in Kansas City. Seymour played at Rutgers and spent the entire 2020 season on the Las Vegas Raiders’ practice squad.