EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. –** The Giants today brought in another experienced player to compete on their new-look offensive line when they signed John Jerry, who started all 16 games at right guard each of the last two last seasons for the Miami Dolphins.
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2014 Free Agency Central Jerry, 6-5 and 335 pounds, is the third offensive lineman to join the Giants since the free agency signing period began last week. The others were guard Geoff Schwartz and center J.D. Walton.
In four seasons with the Dolphins, Jerry played in 57 games with 45 starts. Most of his action was at right guard, but he also played left tackle. Chris Snee is the Giants' incumbent right guard (despite missing the last 13 games in 2013 because of hip and elbow injuries that required surgery). Left tackle Will Beatty is recovering from a broken leg suffered in the season finale on Dec. 29.
Jerry, a University of Mississippi product, was a third round draft choice of the Dolphins in 2010, the 73rd overall selection. As a rookie, he played in 12 games with 10 starts at right guard. He made his NFL debut with a start at right at Buffalo on Sept. 12.
In 2011, Jerry played in 13 games with three starts – one at right guard and two late in the season at left tackle as a replacement for the injured Jake Long. He has started 33 consecutive games.
Jerry, 27, played in 49 games with 46 starts at Ole Miss, where he also played both guard and tackle. He previously starred at South Panola High School in Batesville, Miss.