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Giants improve OL depth overnight, sign former Eagle Shawn Andrews

At about 1:45 this morning, according to vice president of communications Pat Hanlon, the Giants signed former Pro Bowl lineman Shawn Andrews, a former first-round pick of the Eagles.

Andrews had a stellar career with the Eagles from 2004-2008 when he made 50 starts in 50 games, but he has not played since suffering a back injury in Week 2 of the 2008 season. The Eagles released him this March.

"Our personnel staff has been monitoring Shawn's progress for a while now," general manager Jerry Reese said. "He looks great and had a very good workout for us yesterday. He can play both guard and both tackle positions. We just have to take him slow for the rest of the preseason to get him into game shape. Shawn is very excited and grateful for this opportunity to play for the New York Giants."

The Giants waived OL Cliff Louis to make room on the 80-man roster. It also does not bode well for PUP OL Kevin Boothe, who has been rehabbing a torn pec muscle since the spring and was hoping to be ready to return in a few weeks.

Who will be waived (or at least pushed aside) to make room for Andrews on the five-man offensive line? Hard to say yet. We'll have to wait and see where he fits in -- and if he can fit in.

Hanlon Tweeted that he didn't want to announce the signing at 1:45 this morning out of respect for all of the sleeping beat reporters. Honestly, I would have rather found out about it at 1:45 this morning than 1:45 this afternoon. Friday is Get Out of Albany Day.

Final showing by the Giants on the main stadium field with a jog-through begins in a few minutes.

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