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Giants set to face Rashawn Slater, tackle they passed on

INGLEWOOD, Calif .– He was sitting there, available when the Giants were on the clock with the No.11 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. Northwestern’s Rashawn Slater was available to help with their offensive line issues in course, but the Giants didn’t like him as a tackle prospect and they traded. Slater was picked up by the Chargers with the No. 13 pick and the Giants have to live with that.

The Giants believed that Matt Peart, entering his second season in the NFL, was ready to take the next step and move on to the right tackle. It wasn’t close to happening – Peart has been benched and is not in the game rotation.

Roofer? He’s fine, thank you. He started every game on the left tackle and hasn’t missed any of the Chargers’ 823 snaps. His 82.3 rating by Pro Football Focus is the seventh highest for all tackles in the league.

The Giants ditched Rashawn Slater, hoping Matt Peart could their future right tackle.
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“As a young player it seems I don’t see a lot of mental mistakes,” said Giants defensive coordinator Patrick Graham. “Sometimes you try to identify these kids and say, ‘Alright, this guy is going to make a mistake, let’s do it.’ We laugh at him. Let’s do something to him to affect him. You don’t really see it. I was very impressed with what he is doing on the pitch. His tenacity, his athletic ability and he’s playing strong right now and playing smart. ”

Giants tight ends coach Derek Dooley is a former Louisiana Tech and Tennessee head coach and spent five years working with Jason Garrett’s staff in Dallas as the Cowboys wide receivers coach. When Garrett was hired as the Giants’ offensive coordinator, Dooley was added to Joe Judge’s staff in 2020 as a senior offensive assistant.

After Garrett was fired by the judge during the week off, it was reported that he could be in contention for the head coach position at Duke, which was filled by the Texas A&M defensive coordinator. , Mike Elko. Dooley considered Duke a good candidate for Garrett.

“I mean go look at his 10-year NFL record,” said Dooley, College Football Hall of Fame’s youngest son Vince Dooley. “How many active head coaches out of the 32 have a better winning percentage?

“Jason is incredibly smart and if you put him into anything he would figure it out quickly and be successful. There is no doubt in my mind. ”

Jarren Williams was on the Giants’ 2020 practice squad as an undrafted cornerback who played college ball in Albany. Williams returned to the practice squad earlier this season and a recent spate of injury in the defensive field has prompted a rise to the active roster. In last week’s loss to the Dolphins, Williams was used for the first defensive snaps of his NFL career. He was in the field for 25 snaps in defense and 15 on special teams.

“I was laughing at him the other day, he was talking about being in pain,” special teams coach Thomas McGaughey said. “He said, ‘I haven’t played 40 snaps since Albany.’ He was in pain, so that’s a good thing. We just need to hold him on. ”

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