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New York Giants rookie defensive lineman and 2018 fifth-round draft pick R.J. McIntosh now eligible to return to the team. 

The Giants will be adding some depth to the defensive lineman position.

According to a report from John Fennelly of Giants Wire, the team’s fifth-round pick R.J. McIntosh is now eligible to return to the Giants this week.

Having suffered through a thyroid condition, the rookie out of Miami missed the Giants offseason program, all of training camp/preseason along with the first six games of the regular season. Because of the condition he was in, the Giants had placed him on the Non-Football Injury list from the start.

Now that McIntosh is eligible to return, Big Blue has three weeks to activate him to the 53-man roster. He shows a lot of talent and could add strength to the interior line that also includes Damon Harrison, Dalvin Tomlinson, and Kerry Wynn, amongst others.

Don’t let the fact that McIntosh wasn’t drafted until the fifth round take away from the talent and promise this athlete brings to the table. Giants general manager Dave Gettleman raved about him to giants.com when asked on the subject.

“He’s young and he’s got upside, I know you guys hear it all the time,” Gettleman mentioned. “But this kid is athletic. He’s got power and he has the ability to develop into an inside pass rusher.”

Giants head coach Pat Shurmur also had some great things to say about the Giants rookie. “He’s got a really good skill set and good traits in terms of movement and he was productive and played well on a really good team,” Shurmur said. “Not to mention he’s a high character guy as well. We finished the draft with six guys we all really liked as players, so we feel really good about him being our sixth.”

Hopefully, the Giants activate him to the 53-man roster in the next few weeks and get McIntosh involved. At this point, the G-Men need basically any help they can get.

Ryan Honey is a staff writer and host of the Wide Right Podcast.