Giants officially sign OL Marshall Newhouse

The New York Giants made addressing the offensive line a top priority during free agency and Marshall Newhouse could fill a major hole in Big Blue's front.

The New York Giants lack depth along the offensive line, so of course they went out and addressed that need by adding former Cincinnati Bengals tackle Marshall Newhouse. Newhouse gives the G-Men options, with the potential to start him if they would be interested in shifting Justin Pugh inside to guard or as a reserve in place of free agents James Brewer, John Jerry and Adam Snyder.

His familiarity with offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo also gives the Giants an advantage. Before his one-year stint in Cincinnati, he spent four seasons with the Green Bay Packers. He was the team’s starting right tackle in 2011 and 2012.

That familiarity should be equally as advantageous for Newhouse, who could prove to be a valuable addition to an improving offensive line.

“I imagine there are some familiar parts of [McAdoo’s system], but I am not going to assume that it is everything that I have known,” he said during his press conference with reporters on Wednesday. “I am going to approach it like I don’t know it and be surprised when things are what I remember.”

Newhouse believes himself to be a fully versatile athlete, who can play every position on the line if the need arises. For the Giants, that almost always makes you a welcomed asset on the sideline. Injuries have hampered the Giants at just about every position on the field in recent years, so the likelihood of Newhouse getting his opportunity to see the field (starting or not) is strong.

Newhouse has never received a positive grade from Pro Football Focus for his play, meaning he’s more likely to be on the first line of reserves than in the starting lineup. Meanwhile, Pugh ranked among the league’s best right tackles last season and the Giants aren’t going to move him without a dependable talent to replace him. Newhouse isn’t that guy, but at $3 million over two years, he’s the perfect depth player who can be serviceable enough should someone go down with an injury.

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