New York Giants DT Johnathan Hankins, entering his fourth season with the club, declared himself healthy to reporters at the the team's first day of offseason workouts.
Hankins tore a pec muscle in the Giants' Week 9 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last season, and the team's defense, already teetering on disaster, went right down the tubes, even with DE Jason Pierre-Paul returning that same game.
"I'm here and everything," Hankins said when asked how his rehab was going and if he would be participating in full this spring. "I'm pretty much fully healthy and a full-go, so everything is going pretty good. Yes, I will be in there fully."
Hankins, who just turned 24, is looking to have a bounce-back season, and he will have one of the game's best defensive tackles alongside him this year. Former New York Jets standout DT Damon Harrison signed a five-year, $46.25 million deal in the early hours of free agency with the Giants. Hankins will benefit greatly from Harrison's presence.
"I was excited that we brought him in," Hankins said of his new teammate. "He is well-known around the league as a dominant run stopper and also pushing the pocket, so it is great to have him and I am excited to get to work with him."
The 2016 season will be Hankins' contract year, and he is not about to let economics interfere with his focus. He knows if he excels this season, the Giants will be more than happy to compensate him.
"I am focused on the season," Hankins said. "[We] are trying to get the ultimate goal of winning the Super Bowl and take it one day at a time, and we just [have to] try to win each game as we begin. 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."
The Giants brought in a large number of free agents this offseason, but Hankins still sees enough familiar faces, such as defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, to see the transition as fairly seamless to him.
"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," Hankins said. "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."