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George Selvie didn't think he'd return to Giants

New York Giants defensive end George Selvie works

New York Giants defensive end George Selvie works on tackle Ereck Flowers during training camp at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center in East Rutherford, N.J., on Friday, July 31, 2015. Credit: Brad Penner

George Selvie's first experience as a Giant was not a pleasant one.

"I don't want to remember that," the defensive end said gruffly.

He was going into his fourth NFL season and been reduced to attending the team's rookie minicamp as a tryout. He was not fully healthy, had been with three teams already, and was grasping at NFL openings just trying to find a chance to stick in the league.

"That wasn't too great for me," he said of the humbling rookie camp experience.

He wound up signing with the Cowboys. And then -- surprise! -- he wound up being a starter for them. In two years he started 29 games and had 10.0 sacks. Free agency came this past winter, and with it a return to the Giants. Not as a tryout but with a one-year, $1.4 million contract.

"I didn't think I'd ever be back," the 28-year-old said. "I came out here (in 2013), I tried out, but I didn't get picked up and I went on with the next step in my life. But now I'm back and I'm ready for this new journey."

Selvie said he wasn't surprised the Giants passed on him in 2013.

"At that time the team was set at defensive end," he said.

Now, though, they are less than set. They brought in Selvie to help solidify the run defense at the position and add some pass-rushing depth. He also is familiar with the defense, having played for Steve Spagnuolo in St. Louis. The Rams drafted Selvie in 2010 when Spagnuolo was the head coach there.

He also was looking forward to a reunion with a college teammate by the name of Jason Pierre-Paul. Selvie and Pierre-Paul played together at South Florida.

"I've talked to Jason," Selvie said. "He's doing well. He's just trying to get healthy. We're just waiting for him to get healthy and come back and join the team."

Selvie had little insight into Pierre-Paul's timeline for a return to the Giants after injuries to his right hand in a fireworks accident last month which resulted in the amputation of his right index finger. But he seemed certain that at some point Pierre-Paul will return.

"He's going to be here," he said. "We're just waiting for him to come back."

Selvie never thought he'd return to the Giants. Now he can't wait for his friend to do so.


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