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The culture in East Rutherford, New Jersey is different these days. It’s obvious to anyone paying attention and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. After nearly a decade of losing, change was desperately needed for the New York Giants.

Head coach Joe Judge has provided that and then some.

“He doesn’t really care if you’re a star player or anyone else, he treats everyone the same. I think that’s what makes this team grow, I think it keeps everyone on an equal playing field,” defensive lineman Leonard Williams told reporters this week. “He’s not going to let one player get away with something that he might not let the next person get away with. It creates a good competition. I love the way Coach Judge coaches us and how hard he is on everyone to get better.”

That’s not just lip service, either. Judge genuinely does not care if a player is a first-round pick, a high-profile free agent addition or has the biggest contract on the team. It’s equal treatment across the board and that approach will apply when it comes to playing time.

“Look, I don’t care how you got here, I really don’t. I don’t care if you’re first round, free agent, vet, rookie, traded, whatever it is, doesn’t matter to us. Once you get in here, it’s the land of opportunity, the best players will play,” Judge said on Saturday. “You’ve got to show consistent dependability and production throughout training camp to show that we can count on you. We’re going to keep the 53 players, I don’t care what your history is.”

Players aren’t put off by that — they respect and appreciate it. Everyone who dons that Giants helmet is given a fair shot to earn a spot on the 53-man roster and that’s exactly how it should be.

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