Hankins, 24, tore his pectoral muscle during the second quarter in week 9 last season against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and was subsequently placed on season ending injured reserve.
When Hankins was asked about his health and how his rehab is progressing, he said, “I’m pretty much fully healthy and a full-go, so everything is going pretty good.”
This is good news for the Giants, as Hankins is expected to play a prominent role on a rebuilt defensive line that now features Olivier Vernon and Damon Harrison. These acquisitions will likely help Hankins, who should see fewer double teams and have more room to operate in the defensive line. Hankins recorded a career-high seven sacks in 2014, and will look to produce on a similar level this season.
When asked about any new changes he noticed this year as compared to last season, Hankins replied, “Really, the only new changes are [that] we have some new guys, we have a new weight room and obviously Coach McAdoo is our new head coach, so I am really trying to get to know him day by day. He was around last year and the past two years, but he really worked with the offense, but I am sure as this year goes on we will mesh and adjust to him.”
Hankins is in the final year of his rookie deal, so there is added incentive for Hankins to produce at the level he did before his injury last season.
“I don’t really have time to think about the whole contract situation, but we have new guys, a new head coach and a new atmosphere so I am excited about that,” he said.