While the big names grab all the headlines the New York Giants offense has plenty of holes to fill and the biggest are in the offensive line.
By Vincent Rapisardi
Anyone who follows the New York Giants, realizes that their current offensive group is loaded with ability. I can’t remember a time when they were deeper at wide receiver, nor a time where they had such a diverse skill-set in the backfield.
But I should warn you, everything is not exactly what it seems.
Since they raised the Lombardi trophy following the 2011 season, they have failed to make it back to the postseason. A lot of that has to do with injuries, but even more of it has to do with poor offensive line play.
Without even playing a preseason game, injuries have already began to cripple the Giants offensive line. We all know at this point, Will Beatty’s injury status that will cost him most of the 2015 season, but Geoff Schwartz continues to deal with ailments, as do both rookie Ereck Flowers and second-year player Weston Richburg.
Former Giants center Shaun O’Hara, even questioned the toughness of this Giants group through the Twittersphere.
What the hell is going on! 3 @Giants OL sitting out today (4 if u count Beatty) after a day off on Tues. So much for that Toughness!
— Shaun O’Hara (@ShaunOHara60) August 6, 2015
Chemistry has a lot to do with success on the offensive line. Look no further than the Kareem Mckenzie, Rich Seubert, Shaun O’Hara, Chris Snee, and David Diehl led group that almost never seemed to miss a game.
Because of their cohesiveness, year after year they were one of the league’s best run offenses, and protected quarterback Eli Manning better than anyone. None of the five were first-round draft picks, which proves that it goes beyond talent in building a great front five.
This current group is completely unproven. Even if healthy, how will they perform? Flowers hasn’t played a down in the NFL, Richburg is now starting at center rather than guard, and we have no idea whether Marshall Newhouse is starter worthy at right tackle.
I understand there is reason to drool when you drop the names Odell Beckham Jr., Victor Cruz, Rueben Randle, and their trio of running backs. But if they struggle in the trenches, the skill position players won’t be given the opportunity to show-off such skills.
Don’t get carried away just yet Big Blue Nation. There are still many questions that need to be solved on this offense and all of them involve the offensive line.
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