Newly-signed offensive lineman Cameron Fleming will not be a complete stranger to the members of the New York Giants organization.
The 6-foot-5, 320-pounder played the previous two seasons with the conference-rival Dallas Cowboys under Giants offensive coordinator Jason Garrett and offensive line coach Marc Colombo, who was also a member of Garrett’s staff. Before joining the Cowboys, Fleming spent his first four seasons in the league with the New England Patriots, where Giants coach Joe Judge was a special teams assistant and coordinator.
Having a connection to the Giants coaches certainly drew Fleming to the Giants’ organization though.
“I think that when you see two people that you worked closely with for two years and they get another job and they want you to come with them, it says they have some kind of confidence about your play, your attitude and all that stuff,” Fleming said.
At 27 years old, Fleming has played in 75 regular-season games with 26 starts and 11 postseason games with two starts, including Super Bowl LII. In the regular season, Fleming has started 10 games each at left and right tackle, five as an extra tackle and one game at right guard during his rookie campaign.
Some of the coaches that are now with the Giants helped Fleming get to where he is in his career.
“In those offenses, the offensive line is a little bit more revered,” Fleming said. “Some of the best players on the Dallas Cowboys are on the O-line. You feel a little bit more of the weight on your back as an offensive lineman.”
Fleming said that he believes Colombo specifically had helped him.
“I really like playing for him because he really does love what he does,” Fleming said. “He comes in with so much energy, so much juice every single day, week after week throughout the whole season. I don’t think there is ever a lull in it for him. I really appreciate his passion and electricity every day.”
Also while with the Cowboys, Fleming’s job was to protect quarterback Dak Prescott. He said that he believes he can take his experience from blocking for Prescott to supporting Daniel Jones.
“Whether it’s a young quarterback or an old quarterback, you’re there to make his life easier when it comes to pass protection,” Fleming said. “The more comfortable he can feel in the pocket, the more he can do what he does. That’s what I plan on doing for him.”
And as far as the head coach himself, Fleming does not have many memories of Judge from his time in New England because he was not his position coach. But Fleming is still excited to see first-hand what all the hype is about.
“I’m glad to see he’s with the Giants now,” Fleming said. “I’m glad to see he’s our head coach. I know him probably not as well as some of the special teamers in New England did, but we definitely interacted. He’s a really great dude, brings a lot of intensity.”
Though he has experience winning two Super Bowls with the Patriots and being a part of one of the best offensive lines in the league last season with the Cowboys, Fleming is focused on helping create a new character that is unique to the Giants.
“We definitely want to form our own identity of the Giants and build a culture that brings success,” Fleming said. “But we don’t want to, for lack of a better term, copy what they’re doing in Dallas. There are definitely elements that you can pick out from every team in the league, but you definitely have to build your own identity as the Giants.”