The New York Giants have signed Florida State University shot-putter Austin Droogsma, who will work out at guard.
The New York Giants have signed another player after their rookie minicamp this past weekend. However, this time around, it’s not someone who played football in college.
Big Blue signed Florida State University shot-putter Austin Droogsma. Droogsma will work out at guard for the Giants. The 6-foot-4, 345-pound athlete hasn’t played a game of football since high school.
Droogsma played offensive tackle in high school and had major college football scholarship offers. However, he chose to shot-put instead. It’s unclear which major college football schools offered him a scholarship back in his high school days.
The Giants also signed Rutgers punter Ryan Anderson, Delaware cornerback Tenny Adewusi and Incarnate Word defensive end Alex Jenkins after minicamp as well. Each will take the next step to compete for a job on the Giants’ final roster heading into the regular season.
Anderson, Adewusi, Jenkins, and now Droogsma will have to impress coaches at Organized Training Activities and eventually in training camp late this summer. OTAs begin May 20 and last until May 29
Droogsma will work with guards Kevin Zeitler and Will Hernandez on the offensive line, along with Chad Slade and Nick Gates. With Hernandez and Zeitler looking to start for the Giants, Slade, Gates, and Droogma will take part in a competition with one another for that third guard spot.
The offensive line, as a whole, will be looking to improve from last year. The Giants were tied for 23rd in the NFL in 2018 with 47 sacks allowed. It was the most sacks quarterback Eli Manning has ever taken in a single season in his 15-year career. Hopefully, Droogsma can bring something to the table, even if it’s working as a reliable backup to Zeitler and Hernandez.