Rookie Shane Lemieux reminding Giants of champion Rich Seubert

He heard it from both of them.

From Chris Snee and also from Shaun O’Hara. Rich Seubert heard from his former teammates that Shane Lemieux, the kid the Giants selected in the fifth round of the NFL draft, reminds them of him.

“What, is he short?’’ Seubert said.

Self-deprecation was one of Seubert’s calling cards for a decade with the Giants — along with his penchant for practical jokes, training camp altercations and plenty of punishing blocks. In Giants circles, comparing an interior offensive lineman to Rich Seubert is high praise and also specific praise — as it brings to mind someone unheralded, unburdened with immense physical talent and unwilling to give an inch to anyone, anywhere.

Lemieux never missed a start at Oregon, will compete at both guard spots and also cross-train at center — where, perhaps, in time he can find a home at a new position. If he comes anywhere close to reaching the level Seubert attained by scratching and clawing his way as an undrafted long-shot back in 2001, the Giants will consider this pick a smashing success.

Giants lineman Shane LemieuxAP

“If he does remind them of me, hopefully he’s a tough-ass player, right?’’ Seubert told The Post. “And he truly loves the game of football and will run through the wall for his coaches and for his teammates. Hopefully he’s better than me, to be honest. He’s a tough, gritty football player and if goes in and works hard from the get-go he can be an excellent football player.’’

These Giants for too long lacked what Seubert gave them for 10 years, persevering through the nastiest of right leg injuries in 2003 to regain his starting job for a Super Bowl champion. An offensive line needs certain marquee qualities, and the Giants hope they have that now with Will Hernandez (second-round pick in 2018) and rookie Andrew Thomas (first-round pick in 2023). A line also needs some blue-collar over-achievement. Seubert provided that. In time, perhaps Lemieux can bring that, as well.

Former Giants lineman Rich SeubertAP

“He reminds me so much of Seubert,’’ said O’Hara, currently an NFL Network analyst. “He’s not the biggest, fastest, strongest, he’s not going to wow you with any combine statistic, Pro Day statistic stuff. But when you put on the film, he’s finishing guys.’’

Seubert was especially effective working in concert with his tackles and center, able to get out and pull. Tiki Barber always said he adored running behind Seubert.

“He’s got that mentality of Seubert,’’ said Snee, who as a Jaguars scout studied Lemieux. “I don’t think Richie got enough credit for how quick he was. Richie had some unique short-area quickness that I’m not sure Lemieux has. But same mental makeup. I don’t know if he’s got as bad hygiene as Richie had.’’

There is another reminder of how the Giants used to operate along their offensive line. They played hard and ragged on each other even harder.

Seubert, the head football coach at Watchung Hills Regional High School in Warren, N.J., kiddingly said he opted to have his oldest son, Hunter, line up at center, after watching O’Hara play that spot for the Giants.

“O’Hara had the easiest job always, so I figured put him at center, protect him a little bit,’’ Seubert said.

O’Hara, respectfully, said he expects Lemieux will bring a selfless attitude, similar to the one Seubert and David Diehl, a fifth-round pick in 2003, brought to the team.

Source: Newzandar News

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