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New York Giants Sunday Morning Storylines: Rebuilding Offensive Line is Big Blue’s No. 1 Focus

February 16th, 2014 at 7:00 AM
By Dan Benton

After multiple snowstorms in the Northeast, power outages and widespread cabin fever, Sunday seems to be the first day in quite some time where the sun will be shining. Unfortunately, there's still no football, so allow us here at Giants 101 to satisfy that urge for early morning reading with the following stories. Enjoy.

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New York Giants Likely to Retool Offensive Line

I would expect them to be very active early in free agency, and I think the focus must and will be on the offensive line. Sure, they'll poke around at tight end and receiver and on the defensive line. But their offensive line needs are so significant that they absolutely have to get major, 2014-focused work done on it before the draft. I expect them to target-specific players at center and guard that they have determined fit what they want to do on offense, and to sign at least one early in the free-agency period. That's not to say they can't and won't use the draft to help the offensive line as well. Their long-term needs there are great enough that they should. They need to re-stock the pipeline with quality depth. But they can't wait until the draft and hope they find all of their answers there. With Chris Snee and David Baas likely to be cut and Kevin Boothe a free agent, they need three new starters on the line.

Antonio Pierce Chasing Ring Dreams at Long Beach Poly

Antonio Pierce has won the most coveted prize in all of football: a Super Bowl ring. As a starting linebacker with the New York Giants, he was a part of one of the biggest upsets in football history, as his G-Men uprooted the undefeated Patriots in 2007. So it’s surprising to hear that Pierce, gainfully employed as an ESPN analyst, wants more hardware.

“I have a Super Bowl ring,” he said. “But it always bothered me that I didn’t get a CIF ring.”

Michael Boley to Speak at Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church

Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 508 Allen St., Gadsden — 4 p.m. Sunday, a Black History celebration will be held. The speaker will be Michael Boley, NFL Linebacker No. 53 with the Cincinnati Bengals, NFL Super Bowl Winner, XLVI, 2012/New York Giants. A service will be held at 11 a.m. with a soul food dinner at 2 p.m.

Jets and Giants Likely Won't Pursue Inside Linebackers

Free agency doesn't begin for NFL teams until next month. But it's never too early to start thinking about what players at which positions will be possible targets for the Giants and Jets once the doors to the free-agent market swing open.

More than half of the players on the Giants' roster are free agents. So they have plenty of spaces to fill and a good chunk of money to spend. How general manager Jerry Reese decides to allocate his resources, only he knows right now.

They will try to bring Beason back after the veteran showed signs of returning to health in addition to his tremendous leadership skills. The only way he walks is if Beason unexpectedly shops for every last dollar. Don’t expect that to happen.

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Tags: Antonio Pierce, Chris Snee, David Baas, Football, Jerry Reese, Kevin Boothe, Michael Boley, New York, New York Giants, NFL

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2 Responses to “New York Giants Sunday Morning Storylines: Rebuilding Offensive Line is Big Blue’s No. 1 Focus”

  1.  Michael Cervellino says:

    I agree that the Giants must prioritize offensive line, but the hardest part of being a Giants fan, is that even though we know what needs to be done, it is difficult to predict how the front office will do it. I don’t see the game changing FA’s out there that others do. The top guys are Branden Albert, Jared Veldheer, Rodger Saffold, Michael Oher, Jon Asamoah, and Alex Mack as the names that come to mind, however all either a) will be prioritized by their own teams b) command big money c) have warts in their game. Still think we may go get one of these guys, plus a guy like Marshall Newhouse (GB connects) or Eric Pears for depth. As for the draft, there are about 5 tackles worth their salt, so if you want them you better get them in rounds 1-2. Matthews, Robinson, Lewan, Kouandjio, and Tiny Richardson. Personally, I’m like the Giants in that I prefer “four for one” players that can play any spot but center. If I didn’t think it was crazy to go get a 6’4 305 versatile player w 32″ arms and flawless technique for the second year in a row, I’d say Zack Martin would be our choice. He’s old school and he’s flying up draft boards, so it’s not outside the realm of possibility. Also like OT Morgan Moses, OG David Yankey, C’s Weston Richburg, Tyler Larsen, and Zac Kerin late round guy) and everybody should do due diligence on Joel Bitonio of Nevada a 6’4 307 tackle to guard conversion who’s as nasty as they come. Versatile guys like James Hurst of UNC and Brandon Thomas of Clemson will be there about round 4. I agree the Giants were super weak up the middle, but who other than Beatty and Pugh can play tackle? You are going to need 4 new players to fill out the offensive line: 2 outside guys and 2 inside guys. I think 2 will come via FA and 2 from the draft, but FA will be tricky because I believe maximum cap savings will only be achieved by jettisoning Snee and Baas after June 1. Anyway, it’s an exciting time because this time there has to be change.

    •  rlhjr says:

      I agree the Giants need swing type players. I would not go with Martian in the first round. In fact the only first round guy (IMO) once all the blue chip tackles are gone is David Yankey. He would be a stretch at tackle, but there isn’t a better guard in the draft in any round. And the Giants O-line could use his help at guard.

      There are a few players whom may last until its the Giants turn to pick in the third round.

      That’s all good, but the Giants cant lose site of the defense either. Some combination of FA and draft picks can help the O-line right away. But if Tuck, Joseph and Kiwi leave, the defense is going to need some help.

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