Former Gator looks to chomp down on earning a roster spot.
The New York Giants aren’t offensive Jon Halapio’s first stop with a New York football team. Jon Halapio, selected in the sixth round in the 2014 draft by New England, spent the 2015 season with the Brooklyn Bolts, a member of the now-defunct FXFL (Fall Experimental Football League).
Playing at MCU Park, normally the baseball-oriented home of the Mets minor league club, the Brooklyn Cyclones, Halapio helped the Bolts earn the 2015 FXFL title, so he’s used to winning in New York.
Right now, Halapio will need to take a roster spot before he can begin to focus on helping the Giants in their quest to win another Super Bowl.
Despite lasting on practice squads in New England, Denver and Arizona before coming to the Giants, Halapio has yet to appear in an NFL regular season game. With veterans and rookies alike vying for the roster, he faces an uphill battle.
What does Halapio bring to the table?
Leadership and durability. Prior to his professional career, Halapio played four season at the University of Florida, where he partook in the last years of the Tim Tebow and Urban Meyer regimes in Gainesville.
Halapio started 43 games, missing just two overall in the four-year span, and during his junior and senior seasons, Halapio was a team captain. In his senior year, he helped the Gators win 11 games and appear in the 2013 Sugar Bowl.
How did Halapio end up in New York?
Halapio spent the 2016 preseason with the Patriots, a team well-known for their success with former Florida stars. However, Halapio was part of the final cuts, two days after he partook in the annual preseason showdown between the Giants and Patriots.
The Giants liked what they saw, as they signed him to a practice squad deal four weeks later before bringing him back on a future/reserve contract after the 2016 season ended.
With no NFL experience, Halapio finds himself a long shot to make the final roster. Praised for his physicality and strength entering the 2014 draft, he will have to make good use of those talents if he is to unseat an offensive lineman in front of him.