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Veteran guard John Greco re-signs with New York Giants

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He could provided depth on rebuilt offensive line

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The New York Giants have announced their first move of 2018 NFL free agency, re-signing veteran offensive guard John Greco.

A 10-year veteran, Greco was signed in mid-November to provide depth after injuries struck the Giants’ offensive line. He played sparingly, appearing in six games and being involved in 105 offensive snaps.

Greco played for Giants coach Pat Shurmur when he was offensive coordinator of the St. Louis Rams and again when Shurmur was head coach of the Cleveland Browns. Greco also played for Giants offensive line coach Hal Hunter with the Browns in 2016.

The 32-year-old told me at the end of the 2017 season that he did not want to retire. His connections to Shurmur and Hunter, and the Giants need for experience offensive line depth, make it no surprise that the Giants would give Greco an opportunity to come to training camp and prove that he can still contribute. He has played both guard spots and has had some experience at center during his career.

Greco suffered a Lisfranc injury at the end of the 2016 season. He was let go by the Browns before the 2017 season, hooked on briefly with the San Francisco 49ers and then landed with the Giants.

In its 2018 free agency guide, Pro Football Focus called Greco an “annually underrated” player.