The New York Giants re-signed guard John Jerry Monday.
Jerry, 30, is the most experienced offensive lineman the Giants have. He started 41 games over the past three seasons and played in almost every offensive snap in 2016. Jerry’s deal is for three years at $10 million with $4.5 million guaranteed.
Free agent offensive lineman D.J. Fluker signed with the Giants over the weekend. The re-signing of Jerry and the addition of Fluker gives head coach Ben McAdoo options along the offensive line.
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The Giants will head into 2017 with the same offensive line from last season (from left to right): Ereck Flowers, Justin Pugh, Weston Richburg, Jerry, and Bobby Hart. Jerry’s return gives the Giants continuity and a strong veteran presence.
Unfortunately, the Giants’ offensive line wasn’t good in 2016. The offense couldn’t run the ball, ranking 29th at 88.3 yards per game. They couldn’t protect quarterback Eli Manning or give him enough time to survey the field.
The interior of the line was much better at pass blocking than run blocking while the tackles were better at run blocking. This combination could potentially be disastrous for the Giants if they go into ’17 with the same, wildly inconsistent group they put on the field in ’16.
The Giants couldn’t address the offensive line in free agency they wanted to. Their financial situation and other needs prevented them from doing so. There is still a chance the Giants will further strengthen the line via free agency or the draft but it’s not looking very promising.
Tackle Marshall Newhouse departed to the Oakland Raiders via free agency, leaving the Giants’ cupboard almost bare at the position. The Giants will have to sign whomever they can get at a bargain basement price since the upcoming draft is considered weak for offensive linemen.