In the same breath on the day after the Giants’ 2013 season ended, the team president and chief executive officer said his biggest concern was if the offensive line could stay healthy because he saw potential problems in its depth.
Unfortunately for the Giants, those issues surfaced. Now the front office, coaches, and players are trying to fix them.
And they’re doing so piece by piece.
The question now becomes how the unit will be pieced together.
We know Schwartz is eying left guard based on his initial comments when he signed with the team, and Walton is the only center currently signed for 2014 (Dallas Reynolds is an exclusive rights free agent). Meanwhile, Justin Pugh started all 16 games at right tackle as a rookie last year. But nothing is set in stone in the NFL, especially not on a team that stresses versatility on the line as much as the Giants do.
As far as left tackle and right guard, the incumbents, Will Beatty and Chris Snee, also have question marks. Beatty is coming off a fractured leg, and Snee, a cornerstone at guard for the last decade, is trying to return for an 11th season after hip and elbow surgeries.
So no one really knows how this will pan out and probably won’t until the end of training camp.
But, with an assist from Giants.com senior writer/editor Michael Eisen, we broke down the linemen’s career starts by position in the regular season to gauge potential roles in the upcoming season: