Shane Lemieux can prove himself against the Bucs
With New York Giants starting offensive lineman Will Hernandez out for Monday night’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, it looks like rookie Shane Lemieux will get the start.
Now, Giants’ head coach Joe Judge hasn’t come out and said that Lemieux will start but he has raved about him.
“Shane has been doing a good job really improving for us throughout the season. He’s done a really good job in practice,” Judge told reporters. “We were planning on really working him in throughout the games anyway, to be honest with you, in terms of just like we kind of worked Matt Peart into games as well. We have confidence in Shane. He’ll be in the mix with different guys that may factor into that position. We’ll see where it goes by the end of the week and where everything leads going into Monday. We have confidence in Shane, I would expect him to play regardless of what the scenario is.
“Shane is definitely an aggressive player. He’s definitely got that bruiser mentality to it. He’s settling in a lot technically. He’s shown a lot of improvement throughout the year. We liked him from the jump. He’s definitely a guy that wants to get after it, wants to play physical, wants to play aggressive. He’s really made good adjustments to a lot of the movement schemes and also the speed of the game of how it comes to it. His communication inside has really improved throughout the year. With the centers and guards inside, that’s definitely a critical piece for everything they are going to do, because the multiples they’ll see inside. He’s really shown a lot of growth for us.”
Lemieux is going to be tested against a very good Bucs’ defense that is number one against the run and top five in the NFL in sacks. If he can have a good game tonight, he may keep the starting job over Hernandez.
Here are some notes on Lemieux from Pro Football Focus.