G Shane Lemieux of the Giants on his return to training
New York Giants goalie Shane Lemieux returned to the training ground on Tuesday. The Giants’ suspected starting left goalie was taken off the field with a knee injury on July 29.
As things were tense with immediate concerns about the Giants’ depth on the offensive line, the team quickly received some good news. Lemieux had suffered only one “minor” injury although he had to be transported off the field and will only miss “a few weeks”.
Fast forward almost two weeks, and Lemieux is back on the pitch.
âIt’s one day at a time,â Lemieux said after practice Tuesday. âIt’s good to be back here with the guys. I take advantage of it. Training camp is different now. I see the faces of my teammates. I’m getting to know the guys. Get with [Offensive Line Coach] Rob Sale, [Assistant Offensive Line] Coach Ben [Wilkerson], Coach Apartments [Offensive Consultant Pat Flaherty], it goes well. I really appreciate this.
Not that he was having fun when he stumbled upon what he said was a “weird plant” that you “couldn’t even see on film”.
âOh, I was crazy,â he said. ” It makes no sense. It happened when it happened. I just trust the processing staff, the plan and the return process. But what was he crazy about? As he says, he lacks training reps.
It is never good to see players go off the field (to say the least). The image of Victor Cruz being carried off the field in Philadelphia is etched in the minds of many Giants fans. It’s a scary time for fans and the team, and many players report racing as one of the loneliest times of their careers.
âI didn’t feel sorry for myself at all. It is not like that. I was worried about the shit, I didn’t have my other rep or one-on-one shit, I didn’t have the last team period, âsaid Lemieux. âIn my mind, I thought I was missing out on valuable opportunities to improve in this training. That’s all I could think of.
Of course, Lemeiux has an avowed love of the practice. âI like to train,â he says. âI like to train. I like to work. I want to get better every day and I just take it one day at a time.
While Lemieux helped the Giants’ racing game as a rookie and played well enough to hang on to the starting post after Will Hernandez contracted COVID-19, he still has room for him to go. improves as a player. The good news – along with his work ethic and love of the practice – is that Lemieux knows he needs to improve.
âI think every year of my football career, every offseason, there are ups and downs. There are things you can take in the offseason, âsaid Lemieux. âI had difficulties last year, but I think every year since I was a little kid I have had difficulties, so don’t take them in a negative way, but say, ‘OK, c is an opportunity where I can come in and fix my game this year. It’s not negative, don’t put it negative. Take it next year and build on it and there are some positives to build on as well, so it keeps the same keel. Don’t take the bad and don’t take the good, stay right in the middle and keep improving.
âI know what I need to work on and that’s the biggest key right now, knowing how to practice to practice where you lack, what you need to work on that day. You can’t focus on 10 different things in practice, you have to focus on one thing so that you can improve every day.