EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.--The Giants are planning to activate rookie defensive lineman R.J. Mcintosh from the Reserve/Nonfootball Illness list this week.
McIntosh, the team's fifth round draft pick out of the University of Miami, had not practiced nor played with the team until about three weeks ago, when he was eligible to practice on a roster exemption for 21 days.
The rookie defender has been sidelined since the spring with an undisclosed medical condition that he told The Maven prior to the start of his 21-day window he had finally overcome.
" I knew today was the decision day. I’m glad and happy – excited that coach made that decision to put me on the 53 (man roster)," he said Tuesday.
Head coach Pat Shurmur said that McIntosh will factor into the lineup, though he wasn't certain when that would be.
"We'll see how he progresses," Shurmur said. "He's done a good job so far. We're just learning about him. He had to deal with a medical issue that we were not aware of when we drafted him, and we're working through that."
Once he does get into the lineup, McIntosh figures to bring fresh legs and a brand new energy to the defensive front
"I’m a hard working guy," he said. "I think my specialty is pass rushing and I want to be able to be a big factor in that and also be an all-around guy. Help the D-Line room, help the defense and hopefully I’m a big factor in that."
The Giants will need to clear a roster spot to make room for McIntosh.