A look at the updated Giants O-Line depth

Posted Feb 10, 2016's Dan Salomone analyzes the new-look Offensive Line depth

The new era of Giants football has come to the offensive line.

On Wednesday, the team released left tackle Will Beatty and guard Geoff Schwartz, two veterans who have combined to play 158 games with 103 starts in their NFL careers, including postseason.

Beatty, a second-round draft pick by the Giants in 2009, played in 82 games with 63 starts for Big Blue. He missed only one game from 2012-14 before a torn pectoral muscle cost him the entire 2015 season. Schwartz, a 6-foot-6, 340-pound lineman who previously played for Carolina, Minnesota, and Kansas City, signed with the Giants as a free agent in 2014. But injuries caused him to miss 14 games in his first year with the Giants and five more last season.

The moves cap a year that saw its share of moving pieces and position changes on the offensive line under offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo, who became the 17th head coach of the Giants after Tom Coughlin stepped down following the 2015 season.

Here is a look at the state of the offensive line:


2015: 15 G, 15 GS (All at LT)
Career: Rookie in 2015

The ninth overall pick out of Miami in 2015, Flowers was thrust into the starting lineup at one of the most important positions on the field as a rookie. Viewed as a potential franchise left tackle down the road, his development was fast-tracked last year as he stepped up in place of Beatty. Coughlin repeatedly praised Flowers for his toughness as the 6-foot-6, 329-pound rookie played through an ankle injury that lingered much of the season. 


2015: 14 G, 14 GS (12 at LG, 1 at LT, 1 at RT)
Career: 44 G, 44 GS (31 at RT, 12 at LG, 1 at LT)

After starting his first two seasons at right tackle, Justin Pugh made the move to left guard in 2015, bridging the gap between rookie left tackle Ereck Flowers and center Weston Richburg as the group paved the way for Eli Manning’s Pro Bowl campaign. Additionally, Pugh showed the extent of his versatility by making starts at both tackle positions due to injuries throughout the season. Pugh, who in 2013 became the first Giants first-round draft choice to start a 16-game season since Lawrence Taylor in 1981, has now started at three of the five positions on the offensive line in his career.


2015: 15 G, 15 GS (All at C)
Career: 31 G, 30 GS (15 at C, 15 at LG)

After starting 15 games at left guard as a rookie in 2014, the former second-round draft pick switched this season to his natural position of center, where he became a standout at Colorado State. With Richburg commanding the offensive line, quarterback Eli Manning set career highs in completions, touchdowns, and passer rating. According to STATS LLC, Richburg did not allow a sack in 2015 as the Giants gave up just 27 as a team, tied for fourth-fewest in the NFL.


2015: 16 G, 8 GS (6 at RG, 2 at LG)
Career: 89 G, 69 GS (65 at RG, 2 at LT, 2 at LG)

Along with Schwartz, Jerry signed with the Giants in 2014 after playing his first four NFL seasons in Miami. He went on to start all 16 games at right guard that season before Schwartz took over there in 2015. However, injuries forced the offensive line to shuffle again, and Jerry started the last six games at right guard.


2015: 14 G, 14 GS (All at RT)
Career: 76 G, 50 GS (26 at LT, 22 at RT, 2 as XOL)

Signed in the first wave of free agency, Newhouse started 14 games at right tackle in his first year with the Giants. He previously played for Green Bay and Cincinnati and now enters his seventh NFL season in 2016.


2015: 9 G, 1 GS (RT)
Career: Rookie in 2015

Before the Giants drafted him in the seventh round with their sixth and final pick last year, Hart was part of a record-setting offense at Florida State that boasted a Heisman Trophy winner in quarterback Jameis Winston as the Seminoles went on to claim a national championship. Hart got his first taste of NFL action in Week 3 and went on to suit up in nine games. He made his first and only start at right tackle in the Giants’ Week 13 overtime loss to the Jets.


2015: 16 G, 2 GS (1 at C, 1 at LG)
Career: 50 G, 16 GS (15 at C, 1 at LG)

Part of the Giants organization since 2013, Reynolds has been the utility man on the offensive line. He suited up for all 16 games last season and came in whenever the Giants needed him due to injuries, including a start at center in Week 12 at Washington and another at left guard in the season finale against Philadelphia.


2015: 1 G, 0 GS
Career: 13 G, 0 GS

Signed off Oakland’s practice squad in December, Gettis previously had two stints on the Giants’ own practice squad earlier in 2015 and was with the team in training camp. He saw his only action of the season in Week 17 against the Eagles.

Did not play in 2015: offensive tackle Emmett Cleary, center Brett Jones (injured reserve), and guard Brandon Mosley (injured reserve).