Let's continue our player-by-player profiles of the 90-man roster the New York Giants will bring to training camp by looking at a long-shot offensive lineman who is hoping to make enough of an impression to stick around. That would be Emmett Cleary, signed to a reserve/futures contract in January.
2014 Season in Review
Cleary was cut by both the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Oakland Raiders before landing on the practice squad of the Cincinnati Bengals. In 2013, he tried to make the Indianapolis Colts as an undrafted free agent but ended up waived/injured.
2015 Season Outlook
The 25-year-old Cleary would seem to have little chance of making the Giants' 53-man roster, and at 25 you wonder if the Giants would use a practice squad spot for him. In a 2013 profile, TFY Draft Insider pegged the 6-foot-7, 324-pound Cleary as a player who could be a backup guard/right tackle in the NFL. Tony Pauline of TFY wrote:
Cleary has nice size and showed consistent improvement the past two seasons. He's a right tackle prospect who will also get consideration inside at guard and could be an effective backup in the NFL.
Sticking around with the Giants would seem to be an uphill battle for Cleary. The team has more invested in Eric Herman, Brandon Mosley, rookie Bobby Hart and even Michael Bamiro, a Giants practice squad member a season ago.