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Veterans of Cincinnati: Checking in on Marshall Newhouse

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"I took some bumps and bruises moving down the road but now I think I'm in a great place," said Newhouse. "I'm excited about the future and won't dwell on the past too much. People who don't learn from mistakes are definitely going to repeat them. I think I definitely learned to be a contributor, be an asset."

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Former Bengals offensive tackle Marshall Newhouse is making a home for himself with the New York Giants, signing a two-year deal worth $3 million. It's safe to assume many fans in Cincinnati and Green Bay giggled at the contract, but there was a relationship/connection. Giants offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo was an assistant in Green Bay when Newhouse was a regular starter. According to a story written by Jordan Raanan at NJ.com, McAdoo and offensive line coach Pat Flaherty talked with the front office about upgrading Newhouse's role to that of a starter, "after Giants left tackle Will Beatty tore his pectoral muscle bench pressing in the weight room." Newhouse was signed by the Giants during free agency this offseason.

When the coaches' meetings concluded, the solution (which may or many not be temporary) was to keep rookie Ereck Flowers at his natural left tackle position, stick with the plan to have Justin Pugh at left guard and have Newhouse step in at right tackle. For now, that is how the Giants are going to roll.

So far, it's working out for Newhouse.

"I took some bumps and bruises moving down the road but now I think I'm in a great place," said Newhouse. "I'm excited about the future and won't dwell on the past too much. People who don't learn from mistakes are definitely going to repeat them. I think I definitely learned to be a contributor, be an asset."

Newhouse spent last year in Cincinnati (reuniting with TCU teammate Andy Dalton), and it didn't work out as everyone had hoped. Newhouse started five games for the injured Andre Smith, but his performances were so poor that the team moved left guard Clint Boling to right tackle, allowing Eric Winston, who was signed at the time to get into football shape. Newhouse would finish the season as a sixth offensive lineman in jumbo packages.

Pro Football Focus ranked Newhouse as the second-worst offensive player for Cincinnati last season, scoring a -11.6 on only 373 snaps -- center Russell Bodine was ranked as the worst, but it took him 1,090 snaps to reach -13.8 (PFF scores cumulative).

Good luck to Newhouse... but I suspect most of us have already moved on.