The New York Giants made some key moves this offseason to bolster their roster on both sides of the football. But one of the biggest acquisitions they made this winter via free agency was signing talented offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz.
After a difficult year during which the offensive line was clearly the Giants’ greatest weakness and lacked the ability to keep quarterback Eli Manning comfortable in the pocket, it was clear the offensive line needed some retooling. Enter Schwartz, who was a huge step in the right direction toward improving the G-Men’s chances to compete in 2014.
He’ll be joining his fourth team in seven seasons, but don’t put too much stock into that. Since entering the league in 2008 as a seventh-round pick by the Carolina Panthers, Schwartz has rated as the NFL’s fourth-best guard, per Pro Football Focus’ Pete Damilatis.
Since he entered the league, Geoff Schwartz has a +4.3 @PFF grade per 100 snaps played, 4th-best rate of any guard in the NFL.
— Pete Damilatis (@PFF_Pete) March 11, 2014
Schwartz is a well-rounded athlete with the versatility to play any spot along the offensive line. He’s best suited and projected to start at left guard opposite veteran Chris Snee, where he will be expected to put his run-blocking prowess to the test against some talented NFC East defenses.
He was considered to be the “prize of this year’s free agent guard class” by PFF (h/t Big Blue View) and should be a vital key to the Giants’ offensive turnaround and success in 2014.
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