Ex-Eagle gives Giants D a boost

September, 20, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

 
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 Things didn't work out for Jerome McDougle in Philly.

It's fair to label defensive end Jerome McDougle a bust in Philly. The former first-round draft choice spent more time on the injury list than the field. But as cutdown day approached for the Eagles, some fans and at least one local beat writer (Les Bowen) thought the club should give him one last shot.

That didn't happen, but the New York Giants gave him a safe landing spot. As Jenny Vrentas points out in the Star-Ledger, McDougle has been a nice addition to the team's rotation at defensive end. His presence is part of the reason defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo can still afford to move Justin Tuck up and down the line.

The fact that McDougle and Spagnuolo worked together in Philadelphia has made it a relatively smooth transition. But the biggest factor in the acquisition is that GM Jerry Reese loves taking chances on players who have something to prove. Especially if they don't cost much. McDougle knows better than anyone what his reputation in Philly is, and I think he'll use it as motivation.

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