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Will Shaun Rogers Contribute for the New York Giants?

When the New York Giants signed defensive tackle Shaun Rogers a few eyebrows were raised.  The move was a complete surprise for everyone.  Perhaps there was a reason for that.  Shaun Rogers, 33, played in all 16 games last season for the New Orleans Saints, but was not very effective, recording only 14 tackles.

He showed up to mini-camp earlier this month but did not participate in drills because of an elbow injury that neither he, nor the Giants, would say much about.  In fact, the notoriously prickly defensive tackle became testy with the media when he was asked why he didn’t participate in mini-camp.

Because of Rogers’ mysterious elbow injury, the Giants were forced to sign Rocky Bernard to add depth to the defensive line and exposed Jake Ballard to waivers.  As we saw, Ballard was claimed by the New England Patriots and the Giants front office was left with egg on its face.

Rogers is a former Pro Bowl player and has had an interesting, if turbulent, NFL career with the New Orleans Saints, Detroit Lions, and Cleveland Browns.  It is interesting to me that, even though the Saints defense was going to be hit hard by the upcoming suspensions for the bounty violations, Rogers wasn’t re-signed by the Saints.  In fact, many thought Rogers would be retiring until the Giants called.

Given his history or being ornery, his failure to participate in drills in mini-camp, and his lack of production the last couple of seasons, I would not be surprised if Rogers fails to make the defending Super Bowl Champions.  He will be behind Bernard in terms of knowing the defense and the Giants still have Chris Canty, Marvin Austin, and Linval Joseph expected to get a lot of reps at defensive tackle this year.  Not to mention Markus Kuhn, the Giants’ seventh round draft pick that GM Jerry Reese sees as a high-risk-high-reward player.

I have to believe if the Giants were confident that Rogers could be a contributor this season they wouldn’t have signed Bernard just days after signing Rogers.  Jerry Reese wanted to add depth to the defensive line but instead he might have added only a headache.  Then again, Rogers can prove me, and Jerry Reese, wrong.