Selected in the sixth-round of the 2012 NFL Draft, offensive lineman Matt McCants was considered a bit of a gamble for the New York Giants. Having already selected Brandon Mosley before him, Big Blue appeared to be filling out depth at tackle with the best remaining talent, and McCants fit the bill. Whether or not it would all pan out remained to be seen, but as the saying goes, in Reese we trust.
McCants was a three-year starter at AUB and earned All-Conference USA first-team honors his senior season. But the transition to the NFL is a difficult one, and before long, McCants found himself looking for a job as he was first cut by the Giants when they trimmed their roster to 53 players, then released off of their practice squad in early September.
However, McCants would find his way back to the Giants a few short weeks later, and has remained on their practice squad ever since.
"I’m just coming in here every day getting a chance to go against arguably the best defensive line in the league," McCants told Giants.com. "So I take advantage of that. It’s been a good ride for me just getting better every day going against the best. So I look forward to it."
Learning the pro game while going up against some of the elite pass rushers of the last five years certainly has its advantages, and McCants feels there's no other place he'd rather be.
"A team is a team regardless – practice squad or not," he said.
Barring an injury, McCants may not be in the best position to receive an opportunity this year, but with David Diehl aging, he may get more than just a glance next season so long as he continues to improve.
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