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Can Giants get Malcolm Bunche to reach his potential?

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Athletic offensive lineman has been unable to stick in the NFL

NFL: Philadelphia Eagles-OTA
Malcolm Bunche
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The New York Giants are desperately seeking offensive tackle depth. After the team’s recently-concluded rookie mini-camp they added tryout player Malcolm Bunche, who has experience at both guard and tackle.

Does Bunche have a legitimate chance to help the Giants? Let’s take a look as we continue our player-by-player look at the 90-man roster the Giants will bring to training camp this summer.

The basics

Age: 26
Experience: 1
Position: OL
Height: 6-foot-6
Weight: 320

2017 season in review

Bunche was signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars near the beginning of training camp. He was cut before the season began and spent the year out of football.

2018 outlook

At first glance, the 26-year-old Bunche seems like a classic “camp body.” He spent the 2015 season on the Philadelphia Eagles’ practice squad after signing there as an undrafted free agent. Since then, he has had brief stints in the CFL with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and last season with the Jaguars. He hasn’t been able to stick anywhere.

Bunche’s 2015 NFL Draft profile reminds of former Giant James Brewer, and perhaps tells us why the former UCLA Bruin has yet to make it in the league.

SOURCES TELL US

”He thinks he’s way better than he actually is. I know this staff (UCLA) was really disappointed with what they got from him this year.” -- AFC West scout.

BOTTOM LINE

Has the athleticism to play tackle in the NFL, but he has failed to show consistency of effort and improvement as a college tackle. Has good size and can anchor, which makes his athleticism intriguing at guard, but he appears to be unable to roll under his blocks to generate the leverage necessary to get movement when asked to block with power.

Bunche sounds like the kind of player coaches want to take a chance on, because every coach thinks he can be the one to unlock a guy’s ability. No one, though, has been able to.