FOXBOROUGH, MA – Chad Wheeler will miss three of his four preseason games this summer, as his curvy back makes him unavailable for Thursday night's final against the Patriots. What follows for the timely launch of an offensive reference is unknown and may be uncertain.
The Giants this offseason have been picking up on Wheeler, signing veteran Mike Remers to start on the right. Wheeler, unbeaten in 2017 by USC, has started 17 straight tackles over the past two seasons, including the last 14 games in 2018 after an ill-fated attempt to save Eric Flowers' career at the right size, has fared poorly.
The plan was Wheeler's season, at just 25, to serve as a backup swing ̵
Now? The first roster cuts from 90 to 53 arrive on Saturday, and Wheeler is in a difficult spot. This is the first time he has dealt with a back injury. Lock in one day practically. He tried to return for a second preseason game against the Bears and played 39 snaps before it exploded again.
"I'm just taking it every day right now," Wheeler told the Mail. "I think I'll be fine."
It doesn't sound like Wheeler is ready to go on Sept. 8 for the regular season opener and hope. that there is no need to go to a short-term early reserve.
"It may be close, it is still possible in my opinion," he said.
A less desirable option is to cut the Giants.
"He suffered this minor back injury," Coach Pat Shurmoor said. "So we'll just see. It failed to receive practical quality reps for an extended period of time. But he trains. We'll just see where he is. "
It's not like Wheeler is an unknown player. Shurmur has a chance to watch him last season.
" I think I showed them a lot, "Wheeler said." Only I can to compete against anyone. "
Although he said," I think everyone should want to be a beginner, "Wheeler handled the arrival of Remers less as a downgrade and more as a reminder that needs to improve, He said newcomers to the line – Remers and guard Kevin Zeitler forming the new starting right-hand side – make their job easier.
"It's really soothing, especially if you're around these vets," Wheeler said. "I just take notes every day about how they approach things, their habits."