Will Hernandez is relishing the opportunity to finally impose his will on opponents other than his New York Giants teammates.
Early clinics of his brute strength and unforgiving aggression have helped fuel optimism that the Giants will head into the new season with a vastly-improved offensive line.
Hernandez has surfaced as an intrepid dimension to Big Blue’s comeback trail and taken no time in letting his teammates know about it.
The 22-year-old has already been in the headlines for several heated scuffles, notably clashing with defensive tackle Damon “Snacks” Harrison on one occasion.
Next up is a valuable chance to showcase glimpses of his talent when the Giants begin their preseason against the Cleveland Browns on Thursday. Hernandez spoke to Michael Eisen of Giants.com about the opportunity to finally play against someone in a different uniform. Hernandez said:
“I’m sure when I first go out there, I’ll have that little moment.”
“Once the uniform comes on and we get ready to play, then it’s just all football from there.”
“All we’ve been doing so far is practicing against ourselves. It’s definitely exciting when you get to go against different competition and not just different competition, but NFL players.”
A belligerent and almost cantankerous approach has warranted the appreciation of an Eli Manning banking on improved protection in 2018.
Hernandez has previewed a no-nonsense power block capable of injecting an aura of intimidation and competitiveness that was relatively non-existent last season.
With a frenetic and youthful energy comes an assertion of leadership that teases a formidable asset for the Giants’ quarterback over the latter stages of his career.
His steely nature is also complemented by an encouraging mobility and overall speed as a guard. He’s capable of aiding his side’s revamped running game and screen play scenarios.
Any fears of rookie enthusiasm becoming erratic are also likely to be quashed by the experience and calming influence of left tackle Nate Solder beside him.
All signs point to a much safer blind-side for the organization’s two-time Super Bowl-winning play-caller.
Hernandez’s development undoubtedly represents one of the most intriguing storylines as the Giants take their season preparations to the field this week.