Giants Sign Ex-Eagle Shawn Andrews
The 6-foot-5, 330-pound Andrews was Philadelphia's first-round pick in the 2004 draft but he suffered a season-ending broken leg in the opener against the Giants as the Eagles went on to the Super Bowl. He returned to become a Pro Bowl alternate in 2005 and went to the all-star game the next two seasons.
However, Andrews injured his back in the second game of 2008 and was placed on injured reserve. He re-injured his back in training camp last summer and spent the season on IR. When he failed a physical before the start of offseason conditioning this March, the Eagles cut him.
"Our personnel staff has been monitoring Shawn's progress for a while now," Giants 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."
With four offensive line starters who will be at least 30 by Week 2 and second-year tackle Will Beatty generally viewed as the only potential regular, the thought was that the Giants had to get younger up front as soon as next year. Funny thing though, they just did. Andrews won't be 28 until December making him 11 months younger than New York's youngest starter, right guard Chris Snee.
Left guard Rich Seubert, center Shaun O'Hara and Snee have all missed time during camp so injuries are becoming a factor.
So if Andrews can somehow stay healthy and recover his 2005-07 form, the Giants will have themselves a steal. And their Nov. 21 game in the City of Brotherly Love will take on a whole new dimension.