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Fresh off a new contract, Will Beatty is the anchor of the Giants offensive line and the protector of Eli Manning's blind side.
Baas is the undisputed starting center for the Giants, but he is not without his faults. The 31-year-old was awful as a pass blocker last year, allowing 16 quarterback hurries and seven quarterback hits. Both stats ranked among the bottom three in the NFL among centers.
Cordle is a useful player for Big Blue due to his versatility. He can fill in at all three offensive line positions in a pinch, though center is his best spot. He also contributes on special teams.
Snee’s career is starting to wind down after nine seasons, but he is still a quality starting guard. He had hip surgery early in the offseason, but he is on track to return for training camp.
Boothe became a full time starter for the first time in his career last season and made the most of the opportunity. The 30-year-old garnered a 9.2 PFF rating and started all 16 games. Surprisingly, he only received a one-year contract from the Giants as a free agent this offseason. It does not appear that he is in Big Blue’s long-term plans.
The Giants first-round draft-pick will compete for the right tackle position in 2013, but his long-term position will likely be at guard. His agility and quickness make him a perfect fit for the Giants zone-blocking scheme.
The rookie, selected in the seventh round, will have to fight to make the 53-man roster. He lacks athleticism, which means that guard is the only position he can play in the NFL. The Giants like their backup offensive linemen to be able to play multiple positions.
Bryant Browning, Chris DeGeare, Stephen Goodin and Michael Jasper
The Giants only carried eight offensive linemen in 2012, so none of these players have a good chance of making the team.
The 2009 second-round draft pick had been a disappointment heading into last season, mainly due to injuries. Beatty missed 14 games in 2010 and 2011 due to a foot injury and a detached retina. He put it all together last season, however, playing in all 16 games and registering a 22.3 PFF rating, which was eighth best in the NFL among left tackles. His solid work earned him a new five-year contract.
He is arguably the Giants best offensive lineman and should turn in another solid season in 2013.
We go from the strongest starter to the weakest one on this unit. Diehl had a rough 2012, especially from a pass-blocking perspective. He allowed 19 quarterback hurries, seven hits and four sacks in only 487 snaps.
Despite his poor play, Diehl remains the favorite to start at right tackle, at least to begin the season, because the coaching staff still believes in him.
Along with Pugh, Brewer will also battle Diehl for the right tackle spot. The third-year player’s 6’6”, 323-pound frame is intriguing, but he must improve his quickness and footwork if he wants to be a serious threat to start.
Selvish Capers, Brandon Mosley and Matt McCants
All three of these players will have a tough time making the team. Capers would seem to have the best chance, since he was on the 53-man roster in 2012.