EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The exact position has yet to be determined but it seems likely that Nick Gates will be part of the Giants' new-look offensive line.
That point became clearer today when the Giants signed Gates to a two-year contract extension.
A 6-6, 318-pounder, Gates is arguably the team's most versatile lineman. He started games at right guard and right tackle last season, started 25 consecutive games at left tackle at Nebraska.
When he was asked about the Giants' tackle situation prior to the NFL Draft, general manager Dave Gettleman said, "We have faith in Nick Gates…Last year he made a lot of progress. We are excited about him."
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The Giants currently have openings at left tackle (where incumbent Nate Solder has elected to opt out of the 2020 season), right tackle (Mike Remmers, last year's starter, signed with the Kansas City Chiefs this offseason) and center (Jon Halapio tore his Achilles tendon in the 2019 season finale and remains unsigned).
Gates joined the Giants as a rookie free agent in 2018 and spent that entire season on injured reserve after suffering a foot injury in the preseason.
Last year, he played in all 16 games with three starts. Gates made his debut at Dallas on Sept. 8. He started at right tackle at the Jets on Nov. 10 and vs. Philadelphia on Dec. 29 and at right guard vs. Miami on Dec. 15.