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New York Giants Re-Sign Mitch Petrus After D.J. Jones Fails Physical

September 3rd, 2012 at 7:30 AM
By Dan Benton

Saturday was a rough day for offensive lineman Mitch Petrus. After surviving finals cuts and beginning to prepare for the Dallas Cowboys, the 2010 fifth-round draft pick was informed the team would be going in a different direction, claiming tackle D.J. Jones off of waivers from the Philadelphia Eagles, and that it was time he packed his bags.

"I'm so thankful for the opportunity that the New York Giants gave me these past 2 years. Its been incredible to be a Super Bowl champion!" Petrus tweeted. "I'm looking forward to the next opportunity given to me. Thank you to the fans for all of the support."

Well, the NFL is a funny business and Petrus' next opportunity came rapidly. Within 24 hours he was signed … by the New York Football Giants.

Jones, who had just been waived by the Eagles after playing in their final preseason game, failed his physical for undisclosed reasons, leaving the Giants with only 52 men on their roster. Accordingly, they hit Petrus' number on speed dial and had him re-direct right back to the TIMEX Performance Center, where he arrived following practice on Sunday afternoon.

That awkward moment when you've just been fired in place of a guy with zero NFL starts, and then are asked to return when he fails his physical…

The Giants now have two reserve interior offensive linemen heading into Wednesday's season opener with the Dallas Cowboys; Petrus and Jim Cordle.

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13 Responses to “New York Giants Re-Sign Mitch Petrus After D.J. Jones Fails Physical”

  1.  fanfor55years says:

    Well, Petrus may prove irredeemable but you have to feel for the kid, coming into the facility today with everyone knowing he didn’t “make it” and now is probably hanging on by the slimmest of threads. I guess, on the other hand, if he’s ever going to start putting in 16-17-hour days to start to understand how to play on the interior in the NFL, now is the time. He certainly got a rather loud wake-up call.

  2.  fanfor55years says:

    I assume they practice today, right? Walk-through tomorrow?

    Any word Dan on who is expected to practice? It would be great to see Beatty and Austin back out there. I’m hoping they hold Boley out on Wednesday and give him the extra time to heal. That extra three days they’ll have after Wednesday should really help get the walking wounded ready for Tampa Bay.

    •  The Original G Man says:

      Yes, per Eric at BBI:

      11:40 a.m.-1:20 p.m. – Practice

      After Practice – Tom Coughlin available

      1:30-2:15p.m. – Player Interviews

  3.  GIANTT says:

    You may feel for Petrus but bringing him back was a little more than a knee jerk reaction and panic time . If there had been anyone else out there that the Giants could have picked up Im sure that they would have . To me , the fact that they brought him back tells me he is safe for a while .

    •  The Original G Man says:

      Huh? If there is anything the Giants are not … it’s an organization that makes knee jerk reactions or panices.

    •  fanfor55years says:

      May simply be they thought that no one would have enough time to learn anything before Wednesday so they’d wait a few days to sort through things and see who winds up still available. If I were Petrus I don’t think I’d get fully unpacked. There had to be a lot of decent veterans who got pushed out for the same reasons that Locklear was on the market: commitments to younger players who are generally as cheap or cheaper. Many of those guys are waiting by the phone. Petrus has to show Flaherty some real improvement at practices or he’s a goner. They cut him in favor of a “project” they had to move from tackle to guard. That hardly speaks well of what they thought of Petrus.

      I’m rooting for him but I cannot say I expect much at this point. I don’t recall ever seeing an interior lineman regress so much in one year.

  4.  The Original G Man says:

    Mike G. with an interesting read on Michael Coe:

    http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/09/giants_michael_coe_takes_an_in.html

    “Had Michael Coe stayed put at Arkansas for his senior season, there’s a chance he would’ve been selected earlier than the fifth round of the 2007 NFL Draft.

    Maybe he’d have landed somewhere other than in the Colts’ zone defense, which he doesn’t believe took advantage of his man-coverage ability.

    And perhaps this Wednesday’s regular-season opener, the 28th game of his career, wouldn’t be his first NFL start.

    Standing in front of his locker Sunday, though, Coe claimed the choice to play his final collegiate season at Alabama State under the team’s head coach and his father, Charles, was the best decision for him.”

  5.  The Original G Man says:

    @Edwerderespn
    Did you know that Giants have won 7 of last 9 against Cowboys and sacked Tony Romo 24 times? Thats challenge for OL taken no snaps as group

  6.  JimStoll says:

    anybody listen to TC’s Sunday interview where he did his usual “the opponent we face next is the best team in the NFL”?
    during the course of his expose on the cowboys, he noted they were 3-1 in preseason; averaged over 360 yards per game in offence (240 passing; 120 rushing), Romo posted a QB rating of 117; and the starting defense only gave up 6 points.
    so, amongst other things Wednesday night, we will really get to see what one can take away from preseason

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