Gettleman tended to build his lines by picking off the late-summer scrap heap. Schoen is actually being proactive. And after free agency and the NFL draft, there are reasons for cautious optimism.
Here is a closer look at the revamped unit:
2021 starters headed out? Nick Gates and Shane Lemieux started at center and left guard, respectively, in Week 1 last season. Both had suffered season-ending injuries by the end of Week 2. And now their Giants futures are in some question after Schoen added multiple interior linemen: Veterans Jon Feliciano, Max Garcia and Mark Glowinski and draft picks Josh Ezeudu and Marcus McKethan.
Cutting Gates would save over $2 million in cap space. But he’s the better player of the two and his injury — a serious leg fracture — could complicate his status. Lemieux will likely need to battle for a roster spot.
New reserves. Building interior depth was a draft priority for Schoen. Ezeudu and McKethan could end up pushing Gettleman pickups Ben Bredeson and Wes Martin off the roster (and freeing up close to $2 million in cap space).
Matt Peart. Peart was supposed to be one of the “steals” of the 2020 draft. But after two seasons, the third-rounder from UConn has been a disappointment after failing to beat out an aging and ineffective Nate Solder last year. Peart’s chances to start seem non-existent after Alabama’s Evan Neal was picked at No. 7. He should stick around as a swing tackle, but that isn’t a given.
Projected 2022 starting offensive line. Andrew Thomas at left tackle, Max Garcia at left guard, Jon Feliciano at center, Mark Glowinski at right guard and Evan Neal at right tackle.