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5 things you need to know about OL John Jerry

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1. After signing as a free agent with the Giants last March, Jerry started all 16 games at right guard in his first season with the team. He returns for a second with Big Blue and sixth overall in the NFL. Before the Giants, Jerry played the first four seasons (2010-2013) of his career with the Dolphins.


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2. Originally a third-round (73rd pick overall) choice by Miami in the 2010 NFL Draft, Jerry has played 73 career games with 61 starts, including every regular-season game at right guard for the last three years. He has made two career starts at left tackle, which came at the end of 2011 with the Dolphins. Overall, he has started 49 consecutive games.

3. The 6-foot-5, 340-pound Jerry was part of a unit that helped to improve the Giants' offensive numbers from 28th in yards in 2013 to 10th in 2014. A large part of that improvement was through the air, where the Giants went from 19th to seventh in yards. On the ground, the Giants also improved from 83.3 yards per game (29th) to 100.2 (23rd) in 2014.

4. Jerry was a four-year starter (2006-09) at Mississippi, the alma mater of his current quarterback, Eli Manning. There, Jerry played in 49 games with 46 starts and was credited with 323 knockdowns with 34 touchdown-resulting blocks as a starter. He blocked for a 1,000-yard rusher in 2006, 2007 and 2009. He earned second-team All-America and first-team All-Southeastern Conference honors. Jerry roomed for three summers with Michael Oher, whose life was the subject of the 2009 film "The Blind Side."

5. Before Ole Miss, Jerry attended South Panola High School in Batesville, Miss., where he led the team to a 44-1 record, including state championships in 2003 and 2004, while being runners-up in 2002. His older brother, Peria, was an All-SEC and All-American defensive tackle at Ole Miss (2004-08) and was selected in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons. His cousin, Dwayne Rudd, was an All-America linebacker at Alabama (1994-96) and was selected in the first round of the 1997 NFL Draft by Minnesota, playing for the Vikings (1997-2000), Cleveland (2001-02) and Tampa Bay (2003).

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