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Chris Scott hoping to earn reserve OL role with Giants

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Former Panther was out of the NFL in 2017

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Throughout his career Chris Scott has filled the under-appreciated role of the backup offensive lineman, ready to step in when a teammate goes down and to occasionally actually get a chance to start.

After a year out of the NFL Scott is back. hoping to earn a spot on the 53-man roster of the New York Giants. Let’s take a closer look at him as we continue our player-by-player profiles of the 90-man roster.

The basics

Height: 6-foot-4
Weight: 340
Position: OL
Experience: 7

2017 season in review

This was a washout season for Scott. He was placed on injured reserve by the Carolina Panthers at the end of the preseason, then was released on Sept. 11. He did not find NFL employment during the remainder of the season.

2018 outlook

Scott wanted back into the NFL badly enough that he took advantage of a connection with GM Dave Gettleman from his time with the Carolina Panthers to get a tryout at the Giants’ rookie mini-camp. After that, the Giants added Scott, who has 12 starts in 45 NFL games, to their 90-man roster.

The question now is whether Scott, a 2010 fifth-round pick by the Pittsburgh Steelers, can do enough to earn a spot on the 53-man roster.

The starting guards, provided they are healthy, will be Will Hernandez and Patrick Omameh. Whichever player loses the center competition, Jon Halapio or Brett Jones, can play guard. The Giants brought back veteran John Greco, who has a connection to coach Pat Shurmur, and still have John Jerry.

All of that means that Scott’s climb to a roster spot could be a steep one — unless there are injuries. If there are, Scott is an experienced NFL player who could step in to a role as a valued reserve.