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Justin Pugh: B
Pugh (2 sacks allowed, 2 quarterback hits, 18 hurries) started out the season on a positive note, but in Week 3 against Carolina and Week 4 against Kansas City, he had more than his fair share off struggles against the pass rush.
As a run-blocker, Pugh did a nice job in Week 4 against the Kansas City Chiefs as most of the runs went to his side of the field. As a pass-blocker, he has also done a good job of staying with his man on the pass block, using acceptable technique to square up and gain the necessary leverage.
He’s going to have a few more bumps as he goes through his rookie year, but Pugh is the least of the problems on the Giants offensive line right now.
Will Beatty: D-
With the exception of Week 2, Beatty’s season is not what the Giants wanted to see from the man to whom they gave a five-year deal worth a reported $38.75 million—with $19 million guaranteed.
The problem with Beatty (4 sacks allowed, 4 quarterback hits, 16 hurries) these last two games in particular seems to be his technique. As I touched upon in my article analyzing the Giants' pass-protection problems, he is taking a half step forward before dropping back in retreat in the pass block.
The result is he’s being caught off balance, unable to adjust to the pass-rusher’s charge. Until he cleans up his technique, he’s going to continue to struggle.
Kevin Boothe: B+
Like the rest of his linemates, Boothe has had his struggles, especially in the run-blocking game. He’s been asked to execute pulls, which is not one of his strengths given his subpar foot speed.
In pass blocking, ProfootballFocus.com notes that Boothe has allowed one sack, one quarterback hit and three hurries.
He retreats well and matches power with power, but he was slowed down a bit in Week 4 on combo blocks that had to be made with new center Jim Cordle.
James Brewer: C-
Brewer started the season at left guard before moving to right guard in Weeks 3 and 4. Right guard is presumably where he is most comfortable, and it showed with his pass blocking as Brewer only allowed one hurry in two games at right guard.
His run blocking is a different story because Brewer had trouble holding his block long enough, failing to play a physical game. He isn’t much in the way of a power guard just yet, and he probably doesn’t have the athleticism to become one.
David Baas: D
Having played two games—one each against Denver and Carolina—Baas’ first-quarter performance was mixed.
Against Denver, his first game back after missing almost a month with a sprained MCL, he allowed one sack and two hurries as the Broncos repeatedly found success rushing up the gut.
Against Carolina, Baas, who suffered a neck injury that is threatening to keep him sidelined indefinitely, did a much better job in keeping the pocket clean for Eli Manning, allowing just one hit.
Chris Snee: D
When the news came out that Snee’s other hip was ailing to the point that he could barely move and was considering surgery, it certainly explained his inability to pull, as he used to do with ease in his prime.
Per ProfootballFocus.com (subscription required), Snee’s pass blocking has been well below expectations, this again due to his hip ailment, which has made movement for him difficult.
Give credit to Snee for trying to gut it out, but there has to be a point where a player must realize that he’s hurting his team if he is not close to where he needs to be physically.