Giants sign offensive lineman Stokes

The Giants continued to bolster their offensive line with the signing Sunday of former Brown Barry Stokes. <BR><BR>

"When I was there I really clicked with all the coaches," Stokes said. "I know several of the coaches, like (quarterbacks coach) Kevin Gilbride and (linebackers coach) Billy Davis. And (offensive line coach) Pat Flaherty and I had great chemistry from the moment I walked into the building.

"Tom Coughlin knows my work ethic. I'm excited to play for him. I've never been scared of hard work. I want to be somewhere where the head coach can take you all the way."

Stokes is the second former Browns offensive lineman signed by the Giants; last week, the team added Shaun O'Hara, who is expected to start at center. Stokes has played 57 regular season games with 32 starts, and three postseason games with one start.

Stokes, 6-4, 310, started 13 of the 14 games in which he played at left tackle for the Browns in 2003. He missed two games with an ankle injury and did not start the season finale after a recurrance of the injury. He did, however, play in goal-line situations in that game. In 2002, Stokes started each of Cleveland's 17 games, including a Wild Card Playoff Game in Pittsburgh, at left guard, and was the only Browns offensive starter to play every snap in the regular season and postseason.

"I don't care where I play," Stokes said. "Two years ago, I played very well at guard. Last year Ross Verba went down and they moved me over to tackle and I played well. I feel comfortable at either position."

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