Tony Lippett
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New York Giants cornerback Tony Lippett feels healthy going into 2019 after previously suffering from an Achilles tear.

One of the underdogs for the New York Giants at the cornerback position will be veteran Tony Lippett. He only played three games for Big Blue in 2018 and racked up one tackle and one pass defended. Lippett was still recovering from an Achilles tear that he suffered in August of 2017 as a member of the Miami Dolphins.

This caused him to miss all of 2017, just one season after he made 13 starts for the Dolphins in 2016. Lippett proved to the Giants he can still be an effective player in this league. The Giants re-signed him in March.

The veteran cornerback spoke to Ryan Dunleavy of regarding his role on the team going into training camp.

“My role is to show my length, make plays and compete every day,” Lippett said. “We’ve got some young guys, so I’m going to monitor myself and help my teammates as much as I can. I always pull them aside and teach them different stuff I’ve seen from playing.”

When asked about his health and recovery from the injury (which has gone on for 22 months), Lippett stated: “My body feels good, legs feel good, mind feels good.”

Lippett will have a lot more to prove once training camp starts. Janoris Jenkins will most likely retain his spot at the strong side corner position. However, that weakside corner spot and the slot corner position will have some competition. Lippett will be competing with Sam Beal, DeAndre Baker, Julian Love, and second-year man Grant Haley.

Those two spots should be of the more intriguing position battles leading up to the regular season. Love could also play safety for Big Blue, so fans may see him as a deep safety in nickel packages.

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