After winning Canada's Super Bowl equivalent and being named the best player at his position in the Canadian Football League, Brett Jones is back to square one as a rookie in the NFL.
The 23-year-old offensive lineman from Weyburn, Saskatchewan, which is located 50 miles north of the border where Montana and North Dakota meet, signed with the Giants in February after two seasons with the Calgary Stampeders.
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As their starting center -- or "centre" -- Jones helped the team to a Grey Cup championship last season, picking up Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman honors in the process.
But that was then and there.
Now Jones will adjust to the subtle and not-so-subtle differences between the two country's versions of football while dealing with the normal growing pains of a first-year player.
That process is underway. He got his first taste during the Giants' rookie minicamp, which was held two weeks ago at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.
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"Coming from the Canadian game, I was able to see lots of differences," Jones told Giants.com. "I know what I have to work on now. There's definitely a lot for me to work on, but these practices are great for me and I really enjoyed it."
The most glaring difference will be the size and speed of NFL players.
"Being a shorter guy I kind of already play with leverage," the 6-foot-2, 315-pound Jones said. "But definitely these guys are a lot bigger than they were in the CFL and I'm looking forward to competing against those guys."
But not only are they bigger, faster, stronger; they are also closer.
By rule, defensive linemen play one yard off the ball in the CFL. That is not the case in the NFL, and Jones will have to compensate.
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"The game comes to you a lot faster," Jones said. "So with the no yard in the NFL, the D-lineman is right on top of you. So you can't have many wasted steps and you've got to be really efficient in your footwork. So just getting used to that and drilling it in the drills has definitely helped me so far, but again, I have a long
way to go."
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The Giants and Jones, who said he is learning all the positions and not just center, will begin to ramp things up when organized team activities begin on May 27. And the adjustments are just as much mental as they are physical.
"It's very intricate," Jones said. "There are a lot of things to know, but things are starting to come together, and the more times I get the reps, the better I feel at it."
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