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Giants’ 90-man roster: Giants hope to see the real RJ McIntosh this season

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Second-year defensive lineman is healthy this time

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RJ McIntosh talking to media at the 2018 NFL Combine.
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After a still-undisclosed medical condition kept him off the field all spring, summer and through the first 10 games of the 2018 regular season, fifth-round pick got valuable experience by playing in the final six games for the New York Giants.

McIntosh compiled five tackles and one quarterback hit in just 65 defensive snaps. I reality, though, after being unable to practice for so many months, we probably did not see McIntosh anywhere close to his best last season.

What will the Giants get from the now-healthy McIntosh in 2019? Let’s look into that question as we continue profiling the 90 players the Giants will bring to training camp later this summer.

The basics

Height: 6-foot-4
Weight: 283
Age: 23
Position: Defensive line
Experience: 1

How he got here

After three seasons at Miami, the Giants drafted McIntosh in Round 5 of the 2018 NFL Draft. Reports were that McIntosh was an athletic player who could be a 3-4 defensive end while moving inside to play the 3-tech in a four-man line, and that he had some pass rush upside.

As indicated earlier, we never really got to see the real McIntosh. He lost basically six months of practice and training time, and a player just can’t make that up during the regular season.

2019 outlook

“I feel great. I feel healthy. I feel like I’m ready.”

That was McIntosh talking to NJ Advance Media during the spring.

This time around McIntosh got to do something he didn’t get to do as a rookie — he participated in the entire offseason program. That is something that should give the Giants the opportunity to see what kind of player he really could be.

It does not appear that McIntosh will start. Dalvin Tomlinson, B.J. Hill and Dexter Lawrence look like the first group. It takes a village along the defensive line, though, and having moved on from Kerry Wynn, Josh Mauro and Mario Edwards the Giants need McIntosh to show he is a player worth waiting for.

Right now, he looks like the team’s fourth defensive lineman. He should see time resting Hill and Lawrence on the ends, and could see some time rushing from inside in passing situations.