Shaun Rogers is usually one of the biggest anythings. Last year, as I’ve said before, I thought he was one of the most underrated losses of the season when his campaign ended before it began due to a calf injury in the preseason. The Giants could have used his size, strength and experience in the middle against the run. Don’t think so? Just look at where they spent their money this offseason bringing in veterans Cullen Jenkins and Mike Patterson and drafting Johnathan Hankins in the second round.
Oh, and they brought Rogers back for a second try too.
The 13-year veteran is the most experienced Giant on the roster and looking to make the impression that was denied him last season.
“I can’t tell you what kind of impact I would have had because I didn’t play,” Rogers said today. “Hopefully we get the opportunity to get out there and play and have some kind of impact and we’ll see what happens then.”
Rogers said last year that he was contemplating retirement before the Giants pursued and signed him, so it stands to reason that after he went on injured reserve with a blood clot in his calf that he’d once again consider a future on the couch as opposed to the football field. But Rogers said that was never his thinking.
“It was real disappointing,” he said. “Anytime something happens like that you kind of doubt the situation. But over time you understand some things happen for the better or for the worse. I was always aiming to be prepared for the opportunity. I wanted to be in position to take advantage of it if that’s what we were going to do.
“It’s one of those things,” he said. “God gives you an opportunity, you take it.”
Rogers signed a one-year, $1.005 million contract in February that drops to $433,000 if he winds up on injured reserve like he did in 2012.
One of the things that impressed the Giants in Rogers’ short tenure here last year was his ability to get into shape. While he spent much of his career as one of the heaviest players in the league, he shed nearly 50 pounds to get down to around the 350 he is now listed at.
The good news, he was able to keep most of it off.
“We’re in good graces as far as that’s concerned,” he said with a smile. “We’re in line with where we want to be.”
And the line the Giants want him to be in now is their bulked-up defensive line.
(As a parenthetical, Rogers had no comment on the reports over the winter that e had close to $500,000 in jewelry stolen from a hotel room in Miami.)