Jon Halapio
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The New York Giants have re-signed veteran center Jon Halapio, who missed 14 games in 2018 due to injury. 

Big Blue has their starting center back for 2019.

On Friday, per Michael Eisen of the New York Giants official website, the New York Giants re-signed center Jon Halapio. Halapio was the starter going into 2018 but ended up on season-ending injured reserve early in the year.

In a Week 2 loss to the Dallas Cowboys, Halapio suffered lower right leg and ankle fractures. His season thus ended abruptly, with Spencer Pulley taking over the role for the majority of the rest of the year.

The Giants recently tendered Halapio as an exclusive-rights free agent last week. Big Blue also tendered kicker Aldrick Rosas and fullback Elijhaa Penny. The former of which was re-signed shortly after as well.

Halapio will rejoin and work with an offensive line that looks to improve in 2019. With the addition of guard Kevin Zeitler via the Olivier Vernon trade, Big Blue’s offensive line should be a lot better than they proved to be in 2018. They were tied for 22nd in the NFL this past year with 47 sacks allowed.

At both of their end of the year press conferences, Giants GM Dave Gettleman and HC Pat Shurmur praised Halapio for his efforts.

“He was playing the best of anybody,” Gettleman noted, as Shurmur added that Halapio “played really well at center until he got hurt.”

With Halapio back, along with Zeitler and 2018 second-round pick guard Will Hernandez, the Giants’ interior part of the offensive line looks to be in good shape for next season. The only problem right now is the tackle combo. Left tackle Nate Solder allowed six sacks and 20 total pressures on the quarterback in 2018.

On the other side, right tackle Chad Wheeler finished with the worst Pro Football Focus grade on the Giants. He posted a below-average grade of 47.4.

Ryan Honey is a staff writer and host of the Wide Right Podcast.