The Giants agreed to contract terms with offensive tackle Cameron Fleming, pending a physical. Mike Remmers, last year's starter at right tackle, agreed to a contract with the Chiefs, leaving a void on the line. Fleming could compete for the starting right tackle spot or fill the role he has for most of his career as a back-up swing tackle.
Fleming was originally a 4th round pick (140th overall) of the New England Patriots in 2014. In his six years as a pro, he has started 26 regular season games and played in 75. He also started at right tackle in both the AFC Championship Game and Super Bowl for the Patriots to close out their 2017 season. His 26 starts have come as an injury replacement.
Fleming played more right tackle than left tackle in his four years with the Patriots, playing 914 snaps on the right side. In the 2018 and 2019 seasons for the Cowboys, he played 471 snaps at left tackle in six starts in place of Tyron Smith, while only playing 13 snaps at right tackle. Fleming has also played 308 snaps as an extra offensive lineman in the form of an eligible tight end.
Fleming has a number of connections with the Giants coaching staff. He was on the field goal and extra point teams when Joe Judge was special teams coach with New England. In Dallas, he was coached by Giants offensive coordinator Jason Garrett and offensive line coach Marc Colombo.
There is no way to know how the Giants coaching staff wants to use Fleming. With history as a swing tackle who can back up both right and left tackles, they might see him most valuable in that role. With Remmers no longer on the roster, however, there is no incumbent starter at right tackle.
Nick Gates took 203 snaps at right tackle in 2019 for the Giants and gave up one sack, two quarterback hits and five quarterback hurries. Gates and Fleming are the two offensive linemen on the roster with the most experience playing right tackle. Gates also started a game at left guard last season.
In 466 pass blocking snaps for the Patriots in 2016 and 2017, primarily at right tackle, Fleming allowed five sacks, three quarterback hits, and 12 quarterback hurries. He played some of his best football in 122 playoff pass blocking snaps, allowing one sack, two quarterback hits and three quarterback hurries.
Here is a quality run block from Fleming from the 2017 AFC Championship Game. He uses his right arm to help the tight end block the defensive end before getting to the second level and helping wipe out a crashing defensive back.
According to Pro Football Focus, in Fleming's 290 pass blocking snaps for the Dallas Cowboys in 2018 and 2019, he allowed four sacks, 6 quarterback hits, and 13 quarterback hurries. He also committed six penalties.
This is a good example of a solid pass set from Fleming playing left tackle for the Cowboys in 2019. He slide kicks out nicely, picks up the correct pass rusher while passing the inside rusher to the running back. He shows good feet to slide and push the rusher around and past the quarterback.
In the same game against the Redskins, Fleming halts the rusher's outside move, but maintains his balance to stay attached on a late inside spin move.
Earlier in the season against the Jets, Fleming recognized the blitz and stayed with inside blitzer Albert McClellan long enough for the guard to get over to him. He then gets outside and uses his length to slow down one of the best blitzing safeties in the NFL, Jamal Adams.
In the same game, Fleming used a short set to disrupt the Jets pass rusher at the snap. He took him outside and up the field to open a throwing window for Dak Prescott.
Fleming also made some good blocks in the run game for the Cowboys. Against the Redskins, he had to move an entire gap to seal inside against Redskins right tackle Jonathan Allen. Ezekiel Elliott runs right through the hole for a big gain. It was a difficult block that he executed perfectly.
On this final play, Fleming uses a strong punch on the backside defensive end to slow him down just enough to give Jason Witten a chance to help move him up-field and out of the play. He proceeds to get to the second level and block the linebacker to turn what would have been a short gain for Elliott into a long one.
Whether Fleming starts at right tackle or acts as the Giants' swing tackle in 2020, he will be a valuable member of the team. He could prove to be an excellent value signing for the Giants, who are looking for more offensive line depth. Last year, Remmers proved to be a reliable starter on a good contract, and the Giants hope Fleming can return similar value.