Training Camp Predictions: Offensive line

At the start of training camp the New York Giants will have plenty of competition along the offensive line and The Giants Beat's Zack Odell predicts exactly how things will shakeout during position battles along the front line this summer.

In the past the New York Giants offensive line has struggled to keep Eli Manning off his back, but the unit took a step forward last season. According to espn.com, the Giants allowed thirty sacks last season, a ten sack improvement from the previous season, which ranked them in the top half of the league in allowing those sacks. According to espn.com, the offensive line struggled creating lanes for the running backs to run through, as they averaged a poor 3.6 yards per carry, which was the third worst in the NFL last season.

During last week’s draft, the Giants took steps toward enhancing their line, when they selected Ereck Flowers, a tackle out of the University of Miami(FL). They added Bobby Hart, a versatile lineman who projects as an NFL guard, out of Florida State. These additions follow concerted efforts to sure up their line in previous drafts, selecting Justin Pugh from Syracuse in the first round in 2013, and Weston Richburg out of Colorado State in 2014, in the second round.

The offensive line is a young unit, but one that has potential, and one that the Giants seem to have been constructed for a while. They need to construct the best unit for both Eli Manning to have time in the pocket, and for running backs Rashad Jennings, Andre Williams, and Shane Vereen to run the ball.

The most important position to ensure the production and health of Eli Manning is the left tackle. This spot has belonged to veteran Will Beatty in the past, and he has started virtually every game for the team the past three seasons. He will be the team’s starter at this spot again. At the opposite tackle, Ereck Flowers will likely be the starter based on his enormous amount of talent, not to mention his enormous size. Flowers may one day play at left tackle, but he will start off at right tackle, until he has a bit more experience. In order to get the best talent on the field, Justin Pugh will be a starter in 2015-2016. It has been debated whether Pugh fits better as a guard or tackle, but with the addition of Flowers, Pugh can move inside to guard.

The other guard will be a competition between Geoff Schwartz and John Jerry, because of the move of Pugh to the opposite guard. The Giants have shown more commitment to Schwartz who they signed a 4 year contract worth more than 16 million dollars a year back, while Jerry is on a one year deal. Both are very talented as well as having great size for a guard, both amassing over 330 lbs while standing at 6”5 and 6”6. At the end of the day, I believe Schwartz will get the first shot at it because of their commitment to him. However, Jerry will be a great backup if needed. Lastly, the man making all the calls for the line at center will be Weston Richburg. After gaining 15 games worth of starting experience as a rookie, Richburg will hopefully take the next step and continue to bolster the improving offensive line.

Eli Manning and the group of running backs have to be happy about the commitment to the offensive line. An offensive line of Beatty, Schwartz, Richburg, Pugh, and Flowers will have a lot of talent and should produce for the New York Giants next season.


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In the past the New York Giants offensive line has struggled to keep Eli Manning off his back, but the unit took a step forward last season. According to espn.com, the Giants allowed thirty sacks last season, a ten sack improvement from the previous season, which ranked them in the top half of the league in allowing those sacks. According to espn.com, the offensive line struggled creating lanes for the running backs to run through, as they averaged a poor 3.6 yards per carry, which was the third worst in the NFL last season.

During last week’s draft, the Giants took steps toward enhancing their line, when they selected Ereck Flowers, a tackle out of the University of Miami(FL). They added Bobby Hart, a versatile lineman who projects as an NFL guard, out of Florida State. These additions follow concerted efforts to sure up their line in previous drafts, selecting Justin Pugh from Syracuse in the first round in 2013, and Weston Richburg out of Colorado State in 2014, in the second round.

The offensive line is a young unit, but one that has potential, and one that the Giants seem to have been constructed for a while. They need to construct the best unit for both Eli Manning to have time in the pocket, and for running backs Rashad Jennings, Andre Williams, and Shane Vereen to run the ball.

The most important position to ensure the production and health of Eli Manning is the left tackle. This spot has belonged to veteran Will Beatty in the past, and he has started virtually every game for the team the past three seasons. He will be the team’s starter at this spot again. At the opposite tackle, Ereck Flowers will likely be the starter based on his enormous amount of talent, not to mention his enormous size. Flowers may one day play at left tackle, but he will start off at right tackle, until he has a bit more experience. In order to get the best talent on the field, Justin Pugh will be a starter in 2015-2016. It has been debated whether Pugh fits better as a guard or tackle, but with the addition of Flowers, Pugh can move inside to guard.

The other guard will be a competition between Geoff Schwartz and John Jerry, because of the move of Pugh to the opposite guard. The Giants have shown more commitment to Schwartz who they signed a 4 year contract worth more than 16 million dollars a year back, while Jerry is on a one year deal. Both are very talented as well as having great size for a guard, both amassing over 330 lbs while standing at 6”5 and 6”6. At the end of the day, I believe Schwartz will get the first shot at it because of their commitment to him. However, Jerry will be a great backup if needed. Lastly, the man making all the calls for the line at center will be Weston Richburg. After gaining 15 games worth of starting experience as a rookie, Richburg will hopefully take the next step and continue to bolster the improving offensive line.

Eli Manning and the group of running backs have to be happy about the commitment to the offensive line. An offensive line of Beatty, Schwartz, Richburg, Pugh, and Flowers will have a lot of talent and should produce for the New York Giants next season.

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