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New York Giants 2022 Training Camp Roster Preview: OT Matt Peart

Matt Peart was initially viewed as the answer at right tackle. But one ACL injury later and with the arrival of Evan Neal, what does the future hold for this former UConn player?

Matt Peart is one of the most interesting homegrown success stories on the New York Giants roster. Peart was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and moved to The Bronx when he was a child, where he would stay until he earned a scholarship to Governor’s Academy in Massachusetts.

At the time of his enrollment, Peart had never played organized football. At Governor’s Academy, Peart started playing in his freshman year and would win four consecutive championships playing on both sides of the trenches.

Peart would commit to playing for the UConn Huskies, where he would redshirt his freshman season before starting 48 consecutive games at both offensive tackle spots. In 2020, Peart would head to Mobile, Alabama, to participate in the Senior Bowl before the NFL Draft.

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In the third round of the 2020 NFL Draft, the Giants would draft Peart with the 99th overall pick, eyeballing him to be their right tackle of the future.

Unfortunately, that's where the dream ends, and the nightmare begins. Peart strained his back working out as a rookie, and when he came to camp, he could not beat out veteran Nate Solder for the starting job.

Still, Peart appeared in 11 games in his rookie campaign (2020) and showed some flashes of promise. However, in 2021, despite appearing in 15 games (mostly in spot duty), Peart saw his NFL world come crashing down around him when he suffered a late-season torn ACL that put his 2022 campaign in grave danger.

Sep 3, 2020; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants offensive tackle Matt Peart (74) during the Blue-White Scrimmage at MetLife Stadium.
Aug 23, 2020; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants offensive tackle Matt Peart (74) and offensive tackle Cameron Fleming (75) participate in drills during training camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center.
Nov 2, 2020; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers outside linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul (90) is blocked by New York Giants offensive tackle Matt Peart (74) during the first half at MetLife Stadium.

 


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