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Exploring the offensive line depth chart


As it stands, here is the depth on the offensive line:

C David Baas: After six seasons with the San Francisco 49ers where he started all 16 games in four of those years (and at least 13 the other two), Baas battled injuries in his first season as a Giant. However, he started 11 games in the regular season and ended on a high note by earning a Super Bowl ring.

C Jim Cordle: After spending 2010, his rookie season, on the practice squad, Cordle was signed to the active roster four weeks into the 2011 regular season. He played in nine games during the Super Bowl run, but none in the postseason.

G Kevin Boothe: The Mathias Kiwanuka of offensive players. He's known for his versatility and smarts, and in his sixth season in the NFL (fifth with the Giants), he played in all 20 games. He also started 13 times, including each postseason contest, and played three different positions on the line.

"Well anything can happen," he said at the start of the offseason program. "So I try to focus on improving my game, see what I need improvement on, watch a little bit of film on my own in preparation for meeting with the coaches. I'm sure there are things that I think I'm OK with that I'll need to improve once I start meeting with (offensive line) coach (Pat) Flaherty. But it's a good time to see everybody and get the workouts started and we'll be excited to get on the field in a couple weeks."

G Mitch Petrus: Bass player in his band Vikings of the North Atlantic, Petrus played in six games and started three of them in 2011 due to injuries on the line. They were the first starts of his career, and he enters his third season with 17 games under his belt.

G Chris Snee: Three-time Pro Bowler. A rock of the offensive line.

G Chris White: 6-foot-2, 303 pounds, White is a seven-year veteran guard who was signed by the Giants on July 30, 2011 and released on Sept. 3. He has played in 33 NFL games with eight starts, all with the Houston Texans in 2009. The following year, White played in six games for the Seattle Seahawks. A product of Southern Mississippi, White entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Green Bay Packers in 2005. He played in one game that year and none in 2006, when he was waived by Green Bay and signed by Houston. He spent parts of three seasons with the Texans before joining the Seahawks on Nov. 3, 2010.

T James Brewer: A fourth-round draft pick in 2011, the 6-foot-6, 330-pound Brewer was inactive for each game during the Super Bowl run, including postseason.

T Will Beatty: A second-round draft pick in 2009, Beatty earned the starting left tackle job last season. An eye injury cut his season short but he is cleared to go in 2012.

T Selvish Capers: A 6-foot-5, 315-pound force out of West Virginia, Capers was drafted in the seventh round by the Redskins in 2010 but cut and signed with the Giants practice squad in 2011.

T David Diehl: We'll see where the tenured vet winds up this season, either on the outside or at guard. Diehl once again won the Super Bowl at left tackle after injuries moved him from guard.

T Sean Locklear: The Giants added depth two weeks ago when they signed Locklear, who played seven years with the Seattle Seahawks before spending last season with the Washington Redskins. He has played in 105 regular season games with 82 starts.

T Matt McCants: "A big, tall kid. I just asked him a minute ago what he weighed," coach Tom Coughlin said of the sixth-round draft pick. "He said he was 315. That's a good thing. He has great big, long arms, almost 36-inch arms. He has played on the left side. I kidded around with him about being Secretariat. That he is not. He has such height, he's going to get bigger and bigger, and he may give us some flexibility. We're going to start him out on the left side, and if we have to move him to the right side, that's fine. But he's excited."

T Brandon Mosley: "Big, tough, smart; just like we like in our offensive line room," general manager Jerry Reese said after drafting him in the fourth round. "He reminds us somewhat of David Diehl.  This guy has a good concept.  He understands; knows how to play.  We think he is going to be a good addition.  We think he could go in there and play some guard as well if we needed him to play some guard.  But he is an offensive tackle.

T Joel Reinders: 6-foot-8 and 317 pounds, Reinders was in training camp with the Cleveland Browns in 2010. He joined the team as an undrafted free agent and played in one preseason game before he was waived on Sept. 3. Reinders did not play football last season. Reinders began his athletic career at the University of Waterloo in Canada as a basketball player. He played in only eight collegiate football games before being signed by the Browns.

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