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Giants sign OT Emmett Cleary; 5 things you need to know

The Giants have signed OL Emmitt Cleary to a Reserve/Future contract

  1. Cleary, 6-7 and 324 pounds, entered the NFL as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2013, spending time on the practice squads of Indianapolis (2013), Tampa Bay (2013-2014), Oakland (2014) and, most recently, Cincinnati (2014).


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2. Cleary has yet to appear in the regular season but played in two preseason games in 2014 with the Raiders and four in 2013 with the Colts.

  1. scouting report: "Possesses NFL size and length on the edge. Solid agility, can cut off edge rushers with fair bend and those feet and long arms, but still cut off the inside lane. Has a strong punch that can stop opponents' momentum. Jumps out of his stance quickly to cut off backside pursuers in the run game. Flashes aggressive blocking, finishing run blocks with multiple punches even if the play is well away, or taking off-balance linemen to the ground with his upper-body strength."
  1. As a senior in 2012 at Boston College, Cleary made the switch to the blindside in his final campaign and started all 12 games at left tackle, where he averaged 74 plays per game. He pass blocked for an offense that averaged 259.3 passing yards per game, the most at BC since the 2007 team averaged 329.7 yards per game through the air. He also blocked for current Giants running back Andre Williams, who went on to become a 2013 Heisman Trophy finalist and a fourth-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.
  1. Born in Tokyo, Japan, Cleary attended Saint Viator High School in Arlington Heights, Ill., where he earned All-State Honorable Mention honors as a senior offensive tackle while also playing defensive end. He was the ESCC Co-Offensive Lineman of the Year in 2007 and named an Illinois State Scholar and a National Merit finalist.
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