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Giants’ news, 7/11: Jared Lorenzen’s inspiring effect, Austin Droogsma’s strange path to the NFL, and more

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How Jared Lorenzen inspired so many, including me

Lorenzen probably won’t go down as a Giants’ legend — playing behind one of the NFL’s ultimate iron men will do that — but that doesn’t mean that he hasn’t had an effect on many. Author Tommy Tomlinson shared how he Lorenzen helped inspire him as a writer and in his weight loss journey.

I wanted to write about Jared because I was afraid to write my own story. Jared was known as the biggest quarterback anyone had ever seen; he often played at more than 300 pounds, and by the time I met him, he was somewhere about 400. But he wasn’t as big as me. That year, I was closing in on a high of 460, and I had this weird two-sided life: I loved my work and loved my wife and loved my friends, but I often hated myself because I couldn’t control my weight and I knew one day it would kill me.

How Louisville Alumnus Jamon Brown Is Honoring Former College Rival Jared Lorenzen

In a telephone interview with Jamon Brown, Pat Trainia, writing for Forbes, learned that the former Giants’ guard is helping Lorenzen’s family deal with the cost of his funeral.

“We wanted to be an example of how, no matter if you played for the blue or the red, how important it is for us to come together and support one another, both in and out of sports,” Brown said.

“The rivalry between the schools is intense, and it’s great, but at the end of the day, all that doesn’t matter. What matters is that you remember that we’re all in this game of life together, whether you played for the blue or the red.”

New York Giants go way outside the box to find guard Austin Droogsma

The FSU shotputter hasn’t played football since 2012, but that hasn’t stopped the Giants from seeing if he can play guard in the NFL.

“I kind of thought it was some weird scam,” he said. “That they were going to ask me for my credit card to pay for a $150 camp fee and ask for my credit card over the phone. In that case, it would have been no shot. And then, it didn’t really set in until they sent the flight information and hotel confirmation. Then it was legit. This is actually happening.”

NFL 2019: What will Giants’ passing game look like post-Odell Beckham? Here’s what to expect

CBS Sports’ Chris Trapasso wonders what the Giants’ passing attack will look like without Odell Beckham Jr.

New York is unlikely to have a true field-stretcher in its passing offense in 2019, which can create a host of problems for the offense as a whole.

For the Giants to be successful through the air, they’ll need to lean on and get outstanding contributions in the YAC department from Tate, Shepard, Engram and of course, Barkley, who had 752 yards after the catch as a rookie, the second-highest total among all ball carriers.

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