The Giants’ strike will have one more “nasty” Sunday to their NFC East battle with the Washington Football Team.
Shane Lemieux made his career debut on Monday night against the Buccaneers, and the rookie left-back will return to the trenches as Will Hernandez resumes work after testing positive for COVID-19.
“My adrenaline shot up pretty well,” Lemieux said Friday. “I feel prepared. I felt like I was ready to handle the quest. I didn’t let the moment get too big and I just played. I think every game, even in practice, we see some really good D-linemen. Nothing really shocked me. It’s the NFL so every time you play, the guy you play against is really good. “
Selection in the fifth round out of Oregon delivered a solid performance, playing with the sort of effort that would help keep him in the wedge rotation with Hernandez and Kevin Zeitler (as the giants did when tackling) , even after Hernandez left the reserve / list COVID-19. Hernandez qualifies to be activated on Saturday, though he won’t be ready for Sunday.
“The level of competition [Lemieux] Play with, annoyed some, he definitely gave us some juice in it, ”said Coach Joe Judge. “Look, you line up for your first moment in the NFL and you’re seeing Ndamukong Suh facing you right there, it’s ‘Welcome to the NFL, man.’ But this guy didn’t blink. He doesn’t shy away from anything. He really rang the bell for us ”.
Lemieux may need to work with his mutant game.
At the end of the second half against the Buccaneers, he and ball rookie Andrew Thomas entered the backyard area with Wayne Gallman behind them in a 2-yard touch. Gallman passes the ball to Lemieux for a header.
“Everyone gave me a bit of a dreadful spike,” Lemieux said. “I am very excited and excited to be in this moment. I just wanted to celebrate with my team, and I think that’s great. “
After facing Suh and Buccaneers, Lemieux followed up with a Washington line of defense filled with old first-round picks, such as Jonathan Allen and Da’Ron Payne’s plays – a reminder about his new life in the NFL.
“It’s not like when I went back to Oregon and we played Southern Utah, it was almost like a good-bye week,” said Lemieux, whose Ducks beat Southern Utah 77-21 in 2017. “Every week you have to go because There are friends in this tournament on all teams that can play ball. “