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Long (right) blocks during a game against the Houston Texans in Week 1.
It seems like the Giants need help every offseason with their offensive line.
After a fairly successful first half of the season, they struggled down the stretch, much like the rest of the team.
Two seasons ago, Pro Football Focus rated David Diehl as the worst pass-blocking guard and tackle in the entire league. While Diehl did not make that list this time around, he still did not have a very positive season. Having turned 32 this past September, he is likely beyond his prime, too. Even worse, the normally durable Diehl suffered a knee injury early in the season, playing only 13 games and starting nine of them.
By the time he returned, backup Sean Locklear was outperforming him. Much like Bradshaw, he has become an immense liability.
However, the Giants are not generally inclined to make any high-profile or costly moves. Jake Long, the 2008 first-overall draft pick, would certainly fit that.
According to Pro Football Focus, Long ranked 21st in pass-blocking efficiency last season, a vast improvement from the abilities of Diehl.
It is worth noting that Long is still recovering from a left triceps injury he suffered in Week 13, which put him on injured reserve. While on IR, his replacement, rookie Jonathan Martin, performed surprisingly well. If the Dolphins are convinced that they no longer need Long because of the emergence of Martin, then the Giants could potentially sign him for a substantially lower price.
Regardless, Diehl is on the decline and must unfortunately be cut this offseason. Long may not be the answer to this predicament, but Reese will likely find a good one through free agency or the draft.