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Experts discuss signing of Geoff Schwartz


"A former 16-game starter who's played guard and tackle in the league and only this past year fully recovered from a 2011 hip injury. He was one of the top interior linemen in the league over the second half of 2013 for Kansas City, turns 28 in July and feels like a player on the upswing, the way Evan Mathis was when the Eagles signed him under the radar in 2011. He also has some experience playing tackle, so they could potentially use him there if they decide to rearrange anything with Justin Pugh or Will Beatty."

"Offensive line was a priority, and with former Chiefs starter Geoff Schwartz , they can decide whether he's better-suited at guard or tackle. Expect to see former Raider Rashad Jennings up and running well behind him, too."

"The Giants had to have some fresh faces for their offensive line, and moved quickly to add a versatile blocker. …With the retirement of David Diehl and the release of David Baas, the Giants needed to add some toughness up front, and they did so."

"A hulking road-grader, Schwartz bounced around the league as a swing lineman before taking Jon Asamoah's job down the stretch last season."

"Schwartz spent the previous season with the Chiefs, starting seven games and ranking as the No. 6 guard on the Pro Football Focus list. The Giants need plenty of help with their offensive line."

"The Giants made upgrading the offensive line an off-season priority. They didn't waste any time once free agency began Tuesday, coming to terms with former Chiefs guard Geoff Schwartz, considered the top interior lineman on the market. …It is expected that Schwartz would end up starting at left guard with Chris Snee returning at right guard. Schwartz could also play tackle, and that versatility could be important as the Giants continue to try to solidify things up front. There has been speculation that Justin Pugh – who started all 16 games as a rookie at right tackle – could shift to guard or to the opposite end of the line at left tackle."

"It was the offense, though, that seemed to command most of the Giants' attention in the days leading up to free agency. The team had made it clear that fixing the offensive line was their No. 1 priority, and they proved it by nabbing Schwartz, a 6-6, 340-pound former Chief who was one of the top interior linemen on the market."

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