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John Jerry Feels He Can Help Be Leader, Mentor for Younger New York Giants Players

August 25th, 2014 at 1:45 PM
By Douglas Rush

Sometimes it's hard to avoid your past, especially when you're a public figure in the spotlight and your professional career is on full display. That may go double for an NFL player since they're always in the media spotlight.

"The Bullygate" scandal that rocked the Miami Dolphins organization was one that everyone remembers from last year involving Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito, but one of the players involved in the scandal, now New York Giants reserve guard John Jerry, apparently played a very prominent role in it from the reports. But Jerry is trying to move past all that.

Looking at the Giants as a fresh start and a new chapter in his life, Jerry, despite everything that happened in Miami with the Martin situation, still feels like he can provide guidance, leadership and be a mentor to some of the younger players on the team.

"(I can help) from experience," Jerry said. "I have played a few games myself, I would be more than willing to lend a hand out to him. You can’t get rattled. You can’t let one bad play turn into two bad plays. He’ll be fine. He is a tough young guy. Very smart and very competitive. He’ll definitely do fine."

The one player that Jerry has taken under his wing as of late to help get ready for potential NFL play this season is second round pick Weston Richburg, who could be starting at one of the two guard spots now, especially due to Geoff Schwartz's dislocated toe injury suffered this past Friday night. Some people around the league might laugh at the notion of Jerry actually being a mentor in the league given the role he had in "Bullygate" and if he actually had anything to offer to someone like Richburg, but Jerry isn't worried about the events in Miami and knows what he can do to help the Giants young lineman.

"I'm not worried about proving anything to anybody," Jerry told The Star-Ledger. "Weston has been here since the spring. I've been knowing him since the spring. Obviously, he knows who I am, but I don't have to prove anything to anyone. I've got a very good sense that Weston knows who I really am. There's no doubt, man. That's why it is called a team. I could definitely be there for my teammates. No question."

Before this past week, Jerry's spot on the team was in question, especially after he had been dealing with injuries and fell down the depth chart, but he worked with the starters on Sunday with Brandon Mosley dealing with a back issue, so maybe Jerry has a much better chance of making the Giants after all.


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4 Responses to “John Jerry Feels He Can Help Be Leader, Mentor for Younger New York Giants Players”

  1.  fanfor55years says:

    Jerry will make the team, but it would be nice to see him block someone successfully. He looked pretty bad on Friday after having done reasonably well previously against backups. The Jets’ starters chewed him up. I didn’t know he had been dealing with injuries so maybe that’s a reason that he hasn’t got himself up to game shape, but watching Richardson and Wilkinson throw him around like a rag doll was pretty disheartening. They’re two of the better defensive linemen around, but he still needs to compete better than he did.

  2.  fanfor55years says:

    The injuries this team has suffered are a bit below the radar but in fact the absence of Cooper Taylor is going to hurt, the absence of Schwartz will REALLY hurt if he’s out for an extended period. The delay in Beckham’s development is already hurting because they’ll have to blend him in over the course of the first month of the season and that will cause confusion on the offense.

    Add the loss of Will Hill (a major blow), and the Giants are already suffering more than many recognize. This injury bug just keeps biting. Clearly, no one has suffered as much as the Rams (when you lose your starting quarterback for the season your season is for all practical purposes over), but we have certainly not escaped the same issues that have plagued us for years.

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