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Giants 90-man roster breakdown: OG John Jerry provides valuable depth

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Love him or not, Jerry can be a plus for the Giants.

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The New York Giants' revamped offensive line does not include a plan for John Jerry to be a starter. That, however, doesn't mean the Giants don't have a place for the veteran guard. Let's look at Jerry as we continue our player-by-player profiles of the 90-man roster the Giants will bring to training camp.

2014 Season In Review

Having him start 16 games at right guard was not the plan when the Giants signed the veteran as a free agent. That, however, is what happened. Chris Snee retired. Brandon Mosley hurt his back and faded into oblivion. Geoff Schwartz dislocated his toe, then broke his ankle and ending up playing in only two games. James Brewer was, well, James Brewer. Which meant the bench is where he belonged. Jerry stepped in and started every game. Snicker about his pitiful -16.4 run blocking grade from Pro Football Focus, but there is value in the fact that Jerry showed up ready to play every Sunday.

2015 Season Outlook

Jerry, 29, has started every game at right guard for the past three seasons -- 2014 with the Giants and the two years before that with the Miami Dolphins. Jerry has been rotating with Geoff Schwartz at right guard as Schwartz, expected to be the starter, works his way back from the ankle injury. If everything goes according to plan, the 6-foot-6, 349-pound five-year veteran will be a valuable reserve guard who might even be able to play some tackle in an emergency. He is the kind of player -- a veteran who knows what he is doing -- NFL head coaches love to have on their bench. Odds are he plays a decent amount of football for the Giants this season.