The New York Giants welcomed back an integral part of the defensive line for Sunday's game against the Washington Redskins. Defensive tackle Chris Canty had to sit out the first six games while he was on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list, recovering from offseason knee surgery. But even in limited action, Canty says his body "feels great."
The timing of his return couldn't have been more perfect as the Giants took on the most dangerous quarterback with his legs in Robert Griffin III. Though Canty didn't record a sack, his presence helped Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora get to the rookie quarterback.
Initially, the coaching staff was hesitant to rush Canty back into the DT rotation, especially after practicing only three times. However, they opted to work him back into the swing of things slowly and he played between twenty to thirty snaps … as planned.
"That was what the plan was and they stuck to the plan," Canty said. "Believe me, against my own will, they stuck to the plan."
Canty practiced for the first time on Wednesday and didn't find out until Saturday that he was playing. As expected, he was ecstatic to hear the news and said he felt good physically while playing.
"My body feels great," Canty said. "Obviously they want to limit my play count because they want me to continue to feel good. But I feel great."
Canty has proven to be an important piece to the Giants' defensive front. The unit as a whole is more productive when he is healthy. After a slow start to the season, the Giants' front four is becoming increasingly more productive and it should continue improving as Canty works towards playing at full speed again.
"To be honest, [the toughest part was] just getting back into my groove. I hadn’t hit anybody since the Super Bowl. I'm going out there and hitting people making sure I can tackle."
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