“People must keep this in perspective: Roy has placed on football pads I think 4 times,” offensive line coach Bobby Johnson said leading as much as the preseason opener against the Patriots. “Roy is about to play in his first competition against anyone apart from his own teammates. … He gives you the whole lot that he has daily. And that is all you possibly can ask for from the blokes. I am unable to imagine what is going on on in his head. What, he’s been within the country 4, five months? I am unable to even fathom exactly what he’s getting done.”
The Giants mic’d up Mbaeteka along the best way, including his first experience against a live opponent in a game. On the road in Recent England, Mbaeteka played left tackle on the game-winning drive, which would not have been possible without international players. Mbaeteka blocked for Austrian running back Sandro Platzgummer, a fellow member of the NFL’s International Pathway Program, who ran thrice for 21 yards deep into Patriots territory with 4 seconds remaining in the sport. It arrange a 24-yard field goal for kicker Graham Gano and holder Jamie Gillan, who were each born in Scotland.
“Roy Mbaeteka: Journey to the NFL” will conclude later this summer with Episode 3, which focuses on his adjustment to a recent life.