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New York Giants 2022 Training Camp Roster Preview: IOL Shane Lemieux

Shane Lemieux was well on his way to locking down the left guard spot until a knee injury ended last year early. Can he regain his position?

Shane Lemieux, the former Oregon offensive lineman, looked like he could become the next David Diehl, a Giants fifth-round draft pick who played offensive line and emerged as a surprise starter as a rookie. 

Well, not quite. Whereas Diehl, who like Lemieux sported No. 66, was a starter from Day 1, Lemieux's NFL debut came about when Will Hernandez, the team's starting left guard, tested positive for COVID-19. 

Once Lemieux, then a rookie, stepped into the starting lineup, he never left the field, even after Hernandez recovered from the virus. Some believe that was because the virus wiped Hernandez out physically, but Lemieux's play had much to do with that changing of the guard.

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Once inserted into the lineup, Lemieux lived up to his reputation from his days at Oregon as being a powerful run blocker. Perhaps by no coincidence, the Giants running game that season also started to perform better on runs between the tackles late in the season. 

The following season, Lemieux, having clamped on to the starting job, only made it through 17 snaps, unable to play thanks to a knee injury suffered early in training camp that turned out to be season-ending. 

Entering 2022, Lemieux is fully healthy and seems ready to go--he did not sport the red medical jersey, so many of his teammates had during camp. And he's looking to pick up where he left off at the end of his rookie season, but with some added improvement to his game.

Sep 3, 2020; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants guard Shane Lemieux (66) during the Blue-White Scrimmage at MetLife Stadium.
Nov 8, 2020; Landover, Maryland, USA; New York Giants guard Shane Lemieux (66) blocks Washington Football Team defensive tackle Tim Settle (97) during the third quarter at FedExField.
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