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5 impactful newcomers to Giants' 2022 roster


Draft pick. Free agent. Trade. Waiver claim. Teams can acquire players in a variety of ways. By and large, the 53 men on the roster as of 4 p.m. ET will make up 2022 New York Giants, who kick off the season Sept. 11 on the road against the Tennessee Titans.

Here is a look at some of those key newcomers:

OLB Kayvon Thibodeaux & RT Evan Neal

For the first time in franchise history, the Giants held two picks in the top 10. That was a lot of draft capital for a first-time general manager in Joe Schoen, who set the foundation with the selection of outside linebacker Kayvon Thibodeaux and right tackle Evan Neal. They completed a set of bookends on both sides of the ball, Thibodeaux playing opposite Azeez Ojulari, who holds the "official" Giants' rookie sack record, and Neal on the other side of Andrew Thomas, a former fourth overall pick who came into his own last season.

"Well, what you see is what you get with him," Neal said of facing Thibodeaux throughout the summer. "He's a pass rusher and I feel like he is refining his moves. He's refining his technique. As opposed to only having one move, he works a counter move, going from speed to power and he's ripping up under. Coming from a bull-rush and then ripping through. So, seeing him just work double moves and counter moves and also, he has a really fast first step. So, I kind of got to get out of my pass set really fast and get to my spot before he does. It's really fun going up against that guy. He is getting me better, and I believe I'm getting him better. I'm just excited to continue to butt heads."

WR Wan'Dale Robinson

Thibodeaux and Neal were two of four rookies listed as starters on the unofficial depth chart over the summer. The others were wide receiver Wan'Dale Robinson (second round) and tight end Daniel Bellinger (fourth). While Bellinger suffered a concussion in the preseason finale, Robinson showed his versatility as a receiver and runner. In three collegiate seasons – two at Nebraska and one at Kentucky - Robinson caught 195 passes for 2,248 yards (11.5-yard avg.) and 10 touchdowns and added 141 rushing attempts for 691 yards and four touchdowns. "We have a very clear vision for the player and look forward to utilizing him," coach Brian Daboll said after drafting Robinson.

C Jon Feliciano

Despite making only two starts at the position in his 89 career games played, Feliciano made one thing clear when he entered free agency this off-season. "I wanted to play center," he said. "There were other teams that were talking, and I believe in myself, and I believe that the center position is where I'll be best."

Schoen, Daboll, and offensive line coach Bobby Johnson agreed. Feliciano, who spent the past three years in Buffalo under that trio, stepped right in and has been the first-team center since the Giants opened OTAs in the spring.

RG Mark Glowinski

Right next to Feliciano on the revamped offensive line is another free agent addition. Mark Glowinski, who has played in exactly 100 career games, spent the past four seasons in Indianapolis, where he overlapped with Johnson in 2018. Glowinski spent most of his career at right guard, and that's exactly where the Giants put him. "The offensive line, I love that we were able to bring in guys from previous schemes and to show us the way of how the offense is supposed to be ran," Glowinski said this summer. "We brought in guys that are feisty, hungry guys that want to win and want to play hard."

View photos of the New York Giants' 2022 roster as it currently stands.

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