The New York Giants were one of the NFL’s most difficult teams to watch during the 2013 season. And though they may have finished a 7-9 and just a couple games shy of a playoff berth, they’re due for a number of changes to what has been a core group of players now.
The offensive line, more specifically, has featured a handful of the same players for years, including David Diehl and Chris Snee. Diehl has retired, Snee might never be back to playing form and with an assortment of needs along the offensive line, this offseason should be the Giants’ time to reconstruct what was once one of the league’s best offensive lines.
Tackles Will Beatty and Justin Pugh appear to be safe—for the time being—but the interior line requires modification, especially with Diehl and possibly Snee finished, and center David Baas is injured far too often. Free agency and the draft will both offer a variety of options for the Giants in the coming weeks.
Numerous reports have indicated they will be looking to add one of the best free-agent guards on the market. Among the top free agent guards are Kansas City’s Jon Asamoah, Denver’s Zane Beadles, Cleveland’s Shawn Lauvao and San Diego’s Chad Rinehart. Each is a proven starter with plenty left in the tank, as NJ.com’s Jordan Raanan notes.
Meanwhile, the draft features top guys like Stanford’s David Yankey, Colorado State’s Weston Richburg and Furman’s Dakota Dozier, who could all draw the Giants’ interest this May.
The Giants have not had a ton of success selecting offensive linemen later on in the draft in recent years. However, if they do their homework and play their cards right, they could add a talented player ready to start from day one while adding some major players early in that draft (such as reciever Mike Evans or tight end Eric Ebron).
Good interior offensive linemen can be found and had for cheap, and with a strong resume behind him, General Manager Jerry Reese clearly has it in his repertoire to find the best fits to help the G-Men improve in 2014 and going beyond.