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Jamon Meredith's Working Relationship


Originally drafted by the Green Bay Packers in 2009, Meredith has played on four offensive lines in two years, including three this past season.

But amazingly enough, Meredith's stints backed into each other without skipping a beat.

"It's been a blessing because I've never missed a week," the former fifth-round draft choice said. "I've been able to, fortunately, be blessed to be picked up from one place to another. So hopefully I can just settle in one spot. But in this business you never know."

Relegated to Green Bay's practice squad as a rookie, the South Carolina native moved from snow to more snow when the Buffalo Bills signed him to the active roster shortly into the regular season.

Meredith played in eight games – and started four – as a tackle with the Bills during that year but was waived two weeks into the start of the 2010 campaign. The Detroit Lions briefly rented him for a few days in October before the Giants claimed him off waivers, playing him in three games.   

With each new destination came a foreign playbook for Meredith, but that's nothing the scholar-athlete out of the University of South Carolina can't handle.

During his time as a Gamecock, Meredith picked up several academic awards while boasting a 3.7 GPA.

"I've been bouncing around, so I have to learn a whole new system really quick," Meredith said. "That's where your GPA comes in handy because I'm able to remember stuff a lot easier and pick up on it a lot quicker."

Stationary for the time being, Meredith ran into a familiar face during this year's training camp.

The Giants signed his former college teammate, Jarriel King, before camp opened up. However, Meredith has a closer bond to the undrafted rookie than just another uniform.

King, who first played junior college ball out of high school, transferred to South Carolina heading into Meredith's senior season. Since they played the same position, a shift had to be made. Head coach Steve Spurrier gave the nod to the younger of the two left tackles. Consequently, Meredith moved to left guard, admitting he "didn't have much of a choice."

But there was never bad blood in the working relationship while the older Meredith took King under his wing. Now the two are back to square one.

"We've always been cool. Just now we're competing for the same job. It's business. We're still friends. We're friends off the field, but on the field it's strictly business," said Meredith, who saw 26 snaps during the first preseason game. "He pretty much knows his stuff now, so I don't have to tell him. He's a grown man now. He understands what he has to do and works hard at what he has to do."

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