New York Giants place rookie offensive lineman Marcus McKethan on injured reserve

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May 13, 2022; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants offensive lineman Marcus McKethan (60) practices a drill during rookie camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: John Jones-USA TODAY Sports

Losing offensive linemen isn’t exactly what the New York Giants anticipated after a fun filled fan fest on Friday evening at MetLife Stadium. New management invested heavily in rebuilding the OL this off-season, including spending the 7th overall pick on Alabama stand out Evan Neal, and signing Mark Glowinski to a three-year, $18.3 million contract.

However, Big Blue received a bit of bad news on Saturday afternoon, announcing that fifth-round rookie Marcus McKethan tore his ACL on Friday night during the team scrimmage.

An unfortunate blow for the New York Giants:

McKethan is coming from UNC, along with fellow teammate Josh Ezuedu, who featured at left guard and left tackle last season. McKethan is a three-year starter who offers premium size at guard but is projected as an average backup or special-teams contributor.

At the very least, McKethan wasn’t expected to start any games this upcoming season, but his development and growth will take a hit after tearing his ACL. The Giants will lose a little bit of depth and a potential special teams player, two replaceable spots. The Giants would rather provide their rookies with experience and reps rather than dumpster diving on the free agent market for fillers.